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    12-11-2008, 06:41 PM
They shoes he used to have had two heal cocks (one on each side) and a toe cock in front. So all the way around the shoe was elevated. But yes, I have heard about it being dangerous just to do the heal cocks and no toe cock. Poco has striped feet (the appy thing) so parts of his hoof wall is thicker than other. The cracks NEVER occur in the gray wall just in the white wall were it is very fragile. Im not saying it wont get better but I will say I will never take shoes off of him. When he is barefoot he can't walk across gravel. I have had him literally lay down while walking across gravel before because his feet are so tender.
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    12-11-2008, 08:16 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by toosexy4myspotz    
3neighs where did you come up with the idea to use those shoes??? I've done alot of reading on them and I have only heard good things! So, I might have to think about that one. Its either that or have the studs put on Poco's shoes.
I can't remember how I discovered them, but I used them on my previous horse for several years and now Stella. I've tried several types of the plastic shoes out there, but always went back to the Ground Control.
    12-11-2008, 10:18 PM
I keep my horse barefoot. He has very nice feet, healthy and easy to care for. I've never shod him before.

He does really well with bare feet,
I have to admit though, he doesnt "like" walking on hard top, he'll move over to the grass if he can get away with it. And he does slip a bit in the mud. Like deep mud...he can't work in too well, but then again he's not used to it yet, so we'll see how it goes in different terrains. He does well on the trail though
    12-12-2008, 01:20 AM
And he does slip a bit in the mud. Like deep mud...he can't work in too well
All of my guys slip in the mud.. and I do too! I think it's just the consistency of mud and everything.
    12-12-2008, 09:19 PM
Originally Posted by toosexy4myspotz    
Hes has to have shoes on 24/7 He can't go barefooted at all. Even with the soft ground that we have down here he still has to have shoes so the rubber boots arent an option.
Why does he need shoes 24/7?

K, sorry I read on and saw your explaination. I'd love to see pics of his hooves.. if possible.
    12-13-2008, 05:34 PM
My horse wears aluminum wedged shoes on his front feet. The wedges don't strain the horse, although they do have an effect on the horses movement. The effect on movement is the only reason my horse has wedges so if your horse is not being shown I don't see why the horse would need wedged shoes.
    12-13-2008, 06:12 PM
Green Broke
I am not a fan of drill tech. Unlike borium that has some give, drill tech has absolutely none and that can be bad on a horse's legs over time.

When I was hard trail riding, I used St. Croix Rim Shoes with borium head nails.

St. Croix Forge Horseshoes - Rim Shoes

I have Walking horses whose strides are different. My senior Walker has a tremendous long reach, so I had the farrier use all borium head nails.

Another Walker has a shorter reach and never did slip much, so he would get a borium head nail in every other hole.

That combination was better than 4-wheel drive. No one ever slipped and no one ever came up sore.

These days my horses are completely barefoot because I don't ride like I used to.

If I were still sliding them down the hills, I would still be using St. Croix Rim Shoes and borium head nails
    12-14-2008, 01:11 AM
I like those shoes that 3neighs has. Most law enforcement agencies use those or shoes like them on their mounted patrol horses. The give the support and protection of a shoe without the traction loss of a steel shoe. These are some of the sites I could find with alternative horseshoes.
Marathons Horse Shoes - Home
Smooth Walker Rubber Horseshoes
Welcome to Öllöv Original
EponaShoe Flexible Polyurethane Plastic Horseshoes
Equiflex Polysteel Horseshoes

And there are dozens more companies who manufacture and sell similar products. Something like this may help.
    12-15-2008, 08:50 PM
I will get pictures of his feet for you all tomorrow before I turn him out.
    12-15-2008, 10:35 PM
My girl wears steel flats... That's the only type of shoe I'll let my farrier put on her... I've actually made him take a shoe off that'd he'd already put on her once because they were the type wih the gripper kegs (that's what the farrier calls them, lol). IMO, my girl slides a lot more with the shoes with the heel kegs, but with the flat shoes she hardly slides at all.

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