Got a real ride in with these shoes. I tested them out w/t/c in the riding ring and out in the field. I'm loving that in the aluminum she hardly overreaches and interferes. Only have her smacking herself when she goes uphill. Shoes had no problem on the grass up or downhill. They also survived the deep mud from the weekend. Excited to see how these are doing a few weeks out
Why is she hitting herself? Maybe her hooves are still a work in progress?
Hooves are not the main cause of overreaching/forging, just the acting force that does the deed. It's mostly her conformation; sets her up for long reaching strides with her hind end. Her front legs don't get out of the way fast enough. I've had her shod/trimmed so that she doesn't normally interfere when on the flat going straight but bends and jumping (andloose in her pasture) have still been a issue. If she can manage to stay ride-able (accident prone TBX) and I can get her to a point with her training, I may be able to manually shift her balance to a point that she doesn't interfere as much. In the mean time I ride with bell boots :)
Shoes are still doing great. I'm keeping a eye on how long her hooves get in comparison to how fast she wears out the aluminum. Since she doesnt travel straight with the left front leg and it wings in, Im watching to see if it looks like its going to hit the cannon bone of the right front leg as the hoof grows. That would be just a personal thing to watch for that I have with this particular horse and these shoes. Average normal moving horse wouldnt have to worry about this. Also no dirt seems to be getting in under the shoes at anypoint
Joys, well if your horse does nice stretches like the one in your avatar, that's got to be some help re overreaching! If it's a body issue that you can't fix, something like the new EasyShoe (you can also nail on) would be helpful, as they're rubber rather than steel, so much less damaging to the area that gets kicked.
Actually no. My farrier spent more time shaping the shoe than putting them on. I just had a 2nd set on and it took hardly any time since we both knew what to do to make it go smoothly
Originally Posted by loosie
If it's a body issue that you can't fix, something like the new EasyShoe (you can also nail on) would be helpful, as they're rubber rather than steel, so much less damaging to the area that gets kicked.
I think the easy shoes are a great idea but they are alot more expensive which is something I cannot do right now. I'm planning on trying my horse barefoot as soon as the old nail holes grow out and riding her in hoof boots like I have my other horses
Well I really like these shoes. My mare rides great in them. I made it 5 weeks before I ran into a issue (and I get her redone every 6 weeks). My mare managed to step on part of the back of the shoe so that the neoprene actually left the metal (and was still glued to her hoof, says good things about the glue). That caused a issue when her foot was off the ground she had a small gap on that side that could let in debris. My solution was to ride her with hoof boots over her shoes to keep any dirt or rocks out. I ended up with some health issues myself and didnt get to ride her like that but once, which is fine since she also had the next issue below:
The other issue was that she was starting to have some overgrowth at 5 weeks off the heels with one hoof. Knowing my horse forges/overreaches which makes her a bad candidate for this type of shoe my farrier tried to tuck the ends of the shoes so she wouldnt be able to step on them but still have the support she needed. This time around he brought them out wider so hopefully that doesnt happen again.
We wondered if they were going to be hard to get off and they were not. Came off just like a regular shoe would with the pullers.
I also want to say that these shoes run on the small side. We compared these shoes to some different brand of steel shoes and they are shorter on ends. I'm going to need to do at least 1 more round of these and I plan on contacting the company to find out the dimensions of the next size up which may give a better fit
For anybody interested, I think these shoes are great for what they are and you shouldnt be afraid to try them. They are perhaps the easiest glue on shoe to put on AND take off on the market at the moment
I asked easyboot if ANY of the easy shoes could be rescued and they said they won't last more than one shoeing cycle. That is the only reason my mare does not have easy shoes right now.
If they are glued on they have to have the sides cut off so that rules them out. I bet that the rubber/plastic compound they use is so soft that it just wears out faster than a metal shoe, which is why you wouldnt want to reuse them even if they are nailed.
Thoro'bred said that the shoes could be reused but only if the neoprene was still in tack when the shoe was removed. They are aluminum and wear out alot faster than steel as well though.
My mare would go through that shoe (the aluminum) in one cycle though. She wears her light rims down quite a lot as it is (she is incapable of standing still so she moves in her stall a lot). I also want the flex, and those shoes won't give it (so no shoes for her this summer).