Farriers and owners - Experiance with Tap Shoes?

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    11-05-2011, 08:33 PM
Farriers and owners - Experiance with Tap Shoes?

I have recently seen a type of shoe that is called a "tap shoe" It basically is only nailed over the toe callous area of the hoof and the rest of the foot is bare.

Im interested in this shoe. Let me see if I can find the link again. It was quite hard to find unfortunately.
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    11-05-2011, 10:20 PM
I have no horses that are into that style of dancing,therefore have no knowledge of "tap" shoes.

I'm guessing this shoe you speak of is actually known as a "tip" shoe or grass tip shoe. If so then I do have some knowledge of them. I'm just courious as to why you have a intrest in them.
    11-05-2011, 10:34 PM
The link I found referred to them as "tap shoes" I guess like toe tap shoes...Still can't find it..Darn pc crash.
    11-05-2011, 10:59 PM
Originally Posted by Trinity3205    
The link I found referred to them as "tap shoes" I guess like toe tap shoes...Still can't find it..Darn pc crash.
Probably a misnomer due to the placement/type of shoe. I've heard this shoe has found acceptance w/ the "barefoot" crowd.
    11-05-2011, 11:56 PM
Here is kinda what im talking about.

The Barefoot Blacksmith*::*Laser Tips, Hoof Braces*::*Laser Tip

I think if the metal isnt too thick, this is an interesting idea to me...I never never seen them in practice before however....

Anyone have any experiences with them?
    11-07-2011, 01:21 AM

Yeah, I haven't heard of tap shoes either, but know a little about tips. Seen them used a bit, tho yet to fit any myself. IMO they can be a good compromise/interim measure if completely bare or hoof boots don't work for a particular horse/situation. They provide support/protection for the tip of P3 if the sole is thin & they can provide extra grip if/when bare or boots don't cut it. They are also allowed in dressage & eventing comps, where hoof boots aren't. They're set back a bit, so the toe wall isn't loaded and the entire back 1/2 - 2/3 of the hoof is bare and can function normally. Incidentally, I recently read a text from I think it was 1880 'On Horses & Roads' that mentions the use of tips in a number of different situations. Here's the link... Horses and roads - Wikisource

I've heard this shoe has found acceptance w/ the "barefoot" crowd.
Have you?? So perhaps there are more out there who don't like cutting off noses! I've come across very few who even know about them, many 'barefooters' who frown at the mention & shudder at the thought...
    11-08-2011, 12:24 AM
I was thinking these tips might really be a cool thing to use with something like sole guard for some good non shoe protection...Or even putting them on the bottom of casting to make it more rideable without alot more bulk added of a shoe...

Sorry about the tap shoe thing but I swear I read it somewhere LOL...

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