Hi, Sounds/looks like some problem hooves you're dealing with there! Interesting seeing different ideas out there. Be interested to see recent pics, to compare with what you started with & interested to hear/see how they go.
Those shoes don't really look any different to conventional shoes to me(??), barring the neoprene, which I'm afraid I can't really see the benefit in. You can glue on regular shoes & other plastics, Glove & Renegade shells, and you can also nail on the easyshoes. Have you considered hoof boots too? They're my general choice for hoof protection, if appropriate.
I am a big supporter of barefoot horses but not all situations make barefoot the best situation.
Absolutely. Barefoot is by no means necessarily best IMO. Whether it be due to 'sick' hooves, diet, environment, the work we want the horse to do... horses very frequently need protection/support to do well, and IMO sometimes that may be conventional rims.
I think that especially in the case of sick feet, especially given the range of alternatives these days, conventional rims are not generally the best choice though. Biggest problems IMO are peripheral loading - overloading walls, which may already be greatly compromised, without support underneath the hoof - and lack of protection underneath the foot. Of course, those can be largely alleviated by appropriate padding underneath, or only working the horse on yielding surfaces.
She recently has been cracking under the clinches all the way down to the ground. I do not want to pull her off shoes with her feet in this condition, it's just asking for them to really break, and I want her ridable.
Yes, especially if her feet are still anything like when you got her, there is also likely infection present, weakening walls. Be interested to know how your farrier has dealt with it, considering how badly shod it appears she was in that pic when you got her(bearing in mind don't know what that farrier started with or how old the shoe job), the wall is quite flared & unhealthy, heels appear quite high.
If you just pulled the shoes & made her go bare on everything, some wall would probably indeed break away, but that's not necessarily a bad thing, considering the excess & imbalance in the pic. Keeping her well trimmed should largely alleviate that issue though. But yes, she also would likely be uncomfortable, or incapable without risking further injury, to be worked on any surface either.
The easy shoe would be my top choice but they are still expensive for my green horse who isnt even showing yet.
But being rubber, they don't wear anything like as much as metal, so can generally be reset many times.
The neoprene is supposed to be their "leg saving" technology. The shoe is advertised towards tender footed, thin soled horses or those who want less nail holes (me!).
Even peripherally loaded(sole/frog unloaded) bare or booted horses on hard surfaces can suffer from concussion damage, both in the hoof & up the legs, etc. Because there is no real shock absorbing capacity to the walls, except insofar as the walls will distort under undue stress. Peripheral loading without frog/sole support/protection doesn't help soles to become healthy & thick, rather the contrary, nor I believe, aid with 'tenderness' except in a purely palliative sense. Without pads, rim shoes also provide no protection to thin soles or weak frogs, so potential for stone bruise abscesses are also a concern.
Does it sound like the glue is better than the Vettec stuff? Interested to hear about that & if your farrier's had any experience with Vettec, for comparison.
The instruction I'd question there is in rasping the hoof flat for the entire width of the shoe. That could be OK, but in the case of thin walls, distorted hooves, the potential for having to rasp into thin sole to accomplish this & retain good balance could be a big issue & if the shoe sits flush against the sole, there's also the potential for constant pressure to do damage there.
So anyway, hope my thoughts help your assessment & be interested to see how they go.