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To provide Equine Professionals and Horsemen with information and products designed to promote soundness through Natural Guidelines for Hoof Balance.



Equine Digit Support System, Inc. is a family business that started in 1995 in Columbia Falls, Montana. After studies on wild (feral) horses' hoof patterns in 1986 and 1987, Gene Ovnicek developed the World Race Plate, which is now manufactured and distributed by Thoro'Bred Racing Plate Company. After several years of continued research and development, Gene designed a system for treating lower limb equine pathologies. The resulting Equine Digit Support System and comprehensive instruction material proved to be one of the most effective tools for treating a multitude of lameness conditions and oftentimes returning horses to a pre-disease condition. To make sure that proper instruction and support were offered for the EDSS, the Ovnicek family started Equine Digit Support System, Inc. Since that time, EDSS, Inc. has continued to offer innovative products and information to help restore and maintain soundness in the domestic equine.


Shortly after the development of the EDSS and the biomechanically efficient design of the EDSS Shoe, there appeared a need for a more universal horseshoe that could be used for minor lameness problems or everyday use on equine athletes. The Natural Balance® Shoe was derived from the EDSS and has helped to service that need. Since its release in late 1996 and our continued research and use of the shoe throughout the U.S. and abroad, the Natural Balance® line of shoes has expanded and grown to be a model of excellence in the hoof care industry.

With the ongoing search for answers and continued support of hoofcare practitioners all over the world, the EDSS and the NBS have become widely used hoof care tools. Over the last 25+ years, EDSS, Inc. has been responsible for the development of some of the most innovative products in the industry such as: the FREEDOM Shoe, KrosschecK™ Leverage Testing Device, Performance Leverage Reduction (PLR) Shoes, AVANTI Steel PLR, Centre Fit™ Shoes, PROfile™ & PROSlide Performance shoes, Sole Support Impression Material, Natural Balance Pads, EZ BLOX™ X-ray blocks, and many more helpful tools.  We hope to continue to provide the hoof care industry with products and information that bridge the gap between our domestic horses and the naturally maintained foot. EDSS, Inc. is committed to being the leader in hoof care research and a promoter of soundness in horses for the next century and beyond.

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