For heavy gymkhana, galloping, and precision drill team, my horse has aluminum rim shoes on the fronts with quarter clips, and steel rim shoes on his hinds with quarter clips.
The reason I don't put steel on both front and back is simply for cost's sake. The hindquarters don't weigh as much as the front of the horse, and because aluminum is more lightweight, I opt for alum shoes on the fronts to decrease the weight on his hooves. Clips are there just for added stability during tight turns, frequent rides on pavement (parades), and galloping. Rim shoes also provide greater traction in dirt or sand arenas as the groove along the middle of the shoe where the nails are inserted help to grip the ground.
Last edited by Tophandcowgirl; 07-28-2010 at 10:41 PM.
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