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    05-25-2012, 12:25 AM
Joe, Surprisingly, The plastic shoes actually last as long or longer than the steel shoes. They are usually made from the same stuff as Skate Board Wheels. They seems to tolerate the abrasions that wear the steels shoes into knife edges.

My concern with the plastic shoes has been that they still flex slightly, Which is why folks like them. But that flexing allows the nails ( if nailed on) to flex and move, which enlarges the nail hole in the hoof wall. Maybe glueing along with nailing would solve this problem. Something I would have to explore more if I were to try to use plastic shoes.
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    05-25-2012, 03:44 PM
It sounds like something that would cost more. I spend enough on steel shoes.
    05-26-2012, 02:01 AM
The Hoof It's cost between $16 and $24 for a set of two plastic shoes (a pair), depending on the size and where you buy them from. Link to the website > Hoof Care and Farrier Supplies I think the price evens out, because they don't wear as quickly, and you should be able to reuse them for a second shoeing. My instructor does with her hunter jumpers.

As far as I know, the people I know who use these shoes for their horses have had no issues with nails moving with these shoes.

And a quick video.

Shaping the HOOF-it Composite Shoe - YouTube
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    05-26-2012, 03:38 AM
I'm very interested in the plastic shoes for my gelding since we only do the one long distance ride. I might consider them.
    05-26-2012, 10:48 AM
I was surprised to find out that steel shoes are about $5 a piece, at least where I found them. So the plastic shoes are about twice the price. I suppose that both could be obtained at better prices in quantity, etc.

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    05-26-2012, 11:04 AM
I think it depends on your horse and the terrain. I have done all my endurance rides compeltely barefoot and my mare's rock hard feet have never chipped, cracked or been sore. We generally take my hubbys gelding and ride either the day before the race or the day after depending on schedule and she has never been sore from the back to back rides. I ahve gotten lectured, stared at and argued with over it since there have been shoes or boots on the other horses at the rides.

If she was ever sore I would switch to shoes. Boots don't seem that much cheaper and seem a lot more work.
    05-26-2012, 04:20 PM
Green Broke
Any links to studies that back up the mileage claims ? Specifically on rocky terrain?
    05-27-2012, 12:49 AM
Originally Posted by Joe4d    
any links to studies that back up the mileage claims ? Specifically on rocky terrain?
Gordon Naysmith's unshod ride of over 10,000 miles from southern Africa to central Europe back in the 70's. Not sure of the actuall distance, but remember that it was way beyond 10,000 miles. Just not sure how many hundreds/thousands more. (ok, I'm lazy and not going to dig it up )

That's a lot of miles and there's certainly a lot of rough terrain just in the Mid East and southern Europe not including Africa. I believe he used a boot or some form of temporary hoof cover once when crossing an area that consisted of jagged volcanic rock. I believe that one case was in Africa, but I'm not positive. It's been a long time since I read his story of the trip, but you might find it on Amazon.
Gordon Naysmith is a Scottsman who was (and might still be if he's alive) a bit of an adventurer . Not sure what else he might have been involved in, but he is associated with Britains Geographical Society (whatever it's official name is) so I'm sure he was involved in things other than just that epic ride.
    05-27-2012, 01:02 AM
Ok, I won't be completely lazy, since the internet is so easy to use. I googled it and got this from the Long Riders Guild. 20,000 kilometers (or 12,000 miles). I'd still recommend finding what he wrote (if you're into all the ordeals of an equine adventure that large). Reading it made me question his sanity at times.

This was the link I got the distance he rode. It had his comments on riding undshod and the results. Wish I'd have this to show to my vet about 38 years ago.

The Long Riders' Guild - Horse Shoes and Hoof care 2
    05-28-2012, 11:11 PM
Green Broke
A brief scan, those guys were getting steel shoes put on every 2 weeks. I was looking for studies on the plastic, vs steel mileage claims. I know what steel shoes can do.

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