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    11-19-2012, 07:27 PM
  #1
Weanling
THoughts on Eggbar shoes?

My boy has very thin hoof walls, very flat feet, and low heels. He has been limpy off and on since I got him ( although we went a good 6 months since he last was limpy this time!) Vet says he may have foundered at one point, Farrier says no. Farrier says maybe some navicular. Vet says no. But the one thing they both agree on is we should try egg bar shoes next spring when I shoe him again.
Has anyone tried egg bars? Except for being told they are $$, I don't know a lot about them, have not known anyone who has used them...
Thoughts??
     
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    11-19-2012, 08:40 PM
  #2
Trained
More info & pics would be good if you would like any opinions on his feet & what may be wrong.

I personally would not put shoes on a lame horse, except in rare situations - eg. Fractured pedal bone, oldie incureable who's best option is palliative care... Instead I would trim/manage/feed him to encourage healthier growth & development & use hoof boots or such where necessary for protection/support.

I think the biggest problem with conventional rims is that of peripherally loading the walls & lack of support underneath. Therefore bar shoes can be marginally better in that regard, especially if used with pads, as, assuming the frog is at ground level, it can share the load with the walls better. But that is not always possible, say if the horse is high heeled/contracted or such, and the pressure from a nailed on shoe is constant, rather than being relieved every step, so this can be problematic when compressing soft tissue.
     
    11-20-2012, 11:28 PM
  #3
Yearling
Alot of the people that post on here are barefoot trimmers, cebee.

Loosie, have you ever used egg bars?

Sorry I'm not trying to turn this into another shoes vs. barefoot debate. I just suspect people who've never applied egg bars are going to be giving opinions on em. As I've stated many times on here, hooves change shape according to how they bear weight. By using say an egg bar 3 degree wedge, you can get that angle steeper and the heel angle and height will increase because the weight is being distributed differently. They are expensive though.
     
    11-21-2012, 01:09 AM
  #4
Trained
^Bar shoes(not eggbars specifically) only once Amazin(& Ceebee) and it was many moons ago, & I didn't have much of a grasp of the why's & wherefores back then. Was advised to have them on my horse to protect his 'weak heels' and it did appear to improve them - in hindsight, assuming it was the shoe that helped, I think because providing some protection in this way, combined with his hoof form, forced them to be under a lot more 'use', which helped the heels. These days I'd recommend boots &/or pads to provide that protection & support in most cases.
     
    11-21-2012, 10:30 PM
  #5
Weanling
We have done pads for most of the past 2 summers and they did help a lot, switched to shoes with 'heels' a few months ago, which helped also. Since we no longer ride on gravel roads we felt we could go without pads.
So, while the pads and the shoes with 'heels' helped, the farrier and vet felt if he did have a history of founder, the egg bars would be the trick. I am willing to try what ever I need to to keep my boy comfortable and sound, just wondered if anyone had used them, and if there was any down side to them?
( while I have thought about boots, I have had friends try them and they had almost as much fitting them as we all do fitting saddles!)
     
    11-21-2012, 10:56 PM
  #6
Yearling
Yes maam I think they have down sides. They trap material in the hoof and cause thrush. They make your horse look crippled if you try to sell it. If you use aluminum, they won't last as long as steel.
     
    11-22-2012, 01:18 AM
  #7
Foal
Eggbars are theraputic shoes used when a horse needs posterior support . There is no such thing as a magic shoe so I would suggest exrays to determine what road to take with your horse .
The shoes themselves vary on expense depending on aluminum or steel. You should pay more for the knowledge of the farrier who puts them on rather than the price of the shoes themselves.
     

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