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Macs Equine was founded by Dave Macdonald in 1998 when he developed the world’s first practical hoof boot the Old Macs multi- purpose horse boot. Dave’s great grandfather Thomas Locke was a wheelwright/ blacksmith who was also an inventor, inventing the first wire strainers in 1904 in the south of Tasmania. So it was not surprising that Dave had an interest in inventing. In 2006 Dave’s product the Cool Heat horse rug was featured on New Inventors, an Australian TV program showcasing new inventions. Dave spent many of his early years travelling the USA mainly, Texas and New Mexico training horses and ranching before becoming a full time farrier for 12 years before discovering barefoot trimming and crusading about the benefits of keeping horse’s metal shoe free.