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  • Flip flop horse shoes pros and cons

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    11-09-2012, 07:27 PM
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I don't have any commercial interest in them LOL. Why would you think that? I simply disliked your initial statement that was completely negative. Shall we re read?

" I wouldnt put them on any horse I was planning on actually riding. Had the ground control on for 1 day and called my farrier to come get them off, stone bruise and absess in the making. These act like flip flops and get rocks in them. The also get rocks wedged in them that work up under the shoe, so you end up with rocks between the sole and the shoe. These things totally suck to the point of being dangerous.
There is a reason metal horse shoes have been around for over a thousand years, they work. Another alternative for some horses is boots like renegades or easy boots. Don't get suckered in by snakeoil salesmen."

Pretty negative there and the snake oil comment was the real winner when my experiances were 100% different. Your comment is from one side of the field and doesn't allow for the problems some people have with metal shoes as well as fix with a flexible shoe. Its 6 of one and a half dozen of the other but your delivery was 100% negative. Id hate to see a horse suffer that could have been helped potentially by a shoe like this if not THIS exact shoe. I have seen a few others recently that look interesting but this is the one I know and use currently so I advocate it.

I don't know the owner/maker of these shoes, never talked the them. I only found them initially from an ad in the back of a horse magazine several years ago when searching for a grippy shoe that was one solid material (so the grip can't wear off...beware of Easy Walkers! I have a broken elbow tip thanks to those 2 weeks after setting a new set and the grip was gone already) I was the barn manager at a theater that used horse son stage and found out all the pros and cons of every available rubber shoe in the market as of 5 years ago or so. GCs won hand DOWN in every way. When I left there I continued to use them and experiment with therapeutic uses of a flexible shoe. Again, they arent for everyone and I never said they were, but the fact is they are viable and GOOD for certain instances and things. It was a happy mistake that they ALSO had other pros when I stumbled across them.

They wear harder than iron Loosie. No slipping means less wear. I keep the old ones when I use them for resetting or casting on really bad rehab feet later if need be to save pennies. They have a money back guarantee. They reset for us multiple times over. 2-4 resets was typical and we could have went more but felt we had our moneys worth by then.
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