I wanted to document this for anyone else interested in these shoes. I couldnt find any customer reviews or photos so i'm making my own. This way other folks who are interested in them will learn from my experience.
I am a big supporter of barefoot horses but not all situations make barefoot the best situation. My goal for one of my mare's is to eventually have her barefoot. Current she is in shoes in front, bare in hind.
So I've had her for a little over a year and she is finally starting to have more normal looking hooves. I decided to put shoes on her when I first got her to give her broken abscessy feet some support.
I'm now at a point were I want to try changing things up. 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. I also want her hooves to be healthier, and think barefoot would do that for her. Since she isnt quite ready for barefoot, something else is called for.
Easycare, which makes hoof boots came out with the Easy Shoes (4 different ones) that glue or nail on. That said, they are pretty amazing. People are getting great results from this flexible plastic/rubber shoe.
In my research on them I came across another glue on shoe; Thoro'bred Sticky Shoes. They come in a kit that provides you with everything you(the farrier) need to put them on. I looked into getting both the easy shoe and the sticky shoe. (https://www.thorobredinc.com/sticky-shoe-kits/)
The easy shoe would be my top choice but they are still expensive for my green horse who isnt even showing yet. If I had her as a performance horse and shows every weekend I'd be much more inclined to get them. I believe they were $40-something for a pair plus shipping. Add the farrier's fee plus cost of glue to put them on and you are looking at over $100. They also glue up on the sides of the hoof and require cutting to remove them and extra prep to get the hoof ready for install. Despite this, still pretty awesome to have a shoe that flexes as the horse moves. (EasyShoe | EasyCare Inc.)
The sticky shoes come in several different types, some with toe clips. They are normal aluminum shoes (so very light weight) with a rubber neoprene bonded to the top of the shoe. 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!). They've been using these shoes on racehorses.
They are sold in kits. Each kit includes a pair of shoes, 2 pair of latex gloves, a bottle of glue, and instructions on how to put the shoes on. The website also has a video you can order to watch a farrier put these shoes on. This kit depending on type and size of shoes will cost you between $31 and $37 plus shipping.
The shoe is glued on the hoof only at the bottom, no glue along the sides. 1 nail is added to each side of the shoe at the widest part of the hoof as "insurance" that the shoe stays on 6-8 weeks. When its time to take them off, they pull off just like any other regular nonglued shoe. Prep for this shoe is the same as a regular shoe minus you let the wall be as wide as the shoe for where the glue is going. The hoof also needs to be flat on the surface where the shoe is going, the glue does not fill in any gaps like most hoof glues. The glue drys within 2 mins.
I have ordered just such a sticky shoe kit after emailing with the president and the farrier from Thoro'bred brand (they also make regular shoes). I asked questions, like which shoes should I get for what i'm doing and the terrian I ride on, how do you take off the shoes, if they can be reused, if the glue can be reused or bought separate, etc. They were very willing to answer questions and help in whatever way they could. Once my farrier and I felt that we had enough knowledge we agreed to try these shoes on. If they don't work for my horse then they don't work, but if they do, i'm very excited by the idea of only 2 holes in my horse's hoof than 8 and the benefits of the padding on the shoe.
My farrier appointment is in 2 days and as long as I ordered the correct size shoe things should be put into play.
This is what we started with:
Dealt with lots of abscesses blowing out in the beginning. Amazingly she was never lame:
The Sticky Shoe Kit:
They also sent a computer disc and I ordered the video to watch. The video was not as put together as I would have liked but it did give yu a visual of the shoes going on and 7 weeks later coming off. Helpful tips from the video are to drill out the nail holes thru the neoprene first and to round off any edges on the shoe that may catch. Also, wear your gloves when using the glue, this glue is like super glue and wont come off of things it makes contact with like your clothes or your skin.