11-02-2011, 09:50 PM
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Yep, like Kevin and loosie mentioned, the inability to shape them to the hoof is a huge problem. I also have the same issue with most of the plastic or polymer shoes on the market. Sure, it looks cool to have bright orange or royal blue shoes on your horse, but they just aren't practical because they likely won't fit the horse's foot. To me, that is no different than a person who just pulls the regular shoe out of the box, whacks off the extra hoof, slaps the iron on, and rasps off everything that hangs over the edge, with no regard for the proper shape of the hoof.
My brother is a farrier and he says that once in a blue moon, you will come across a horse that will wear a shoe just as they come out of the box, but they are very few and very far between.