Originally Posted by IrishRider
So I was wondering who uses what on this forum, aluminum or steel horse shoes? Why?
Some of the more annoying ladies at my barn think that if I put aluminums on my horse that she'll move much better and then I'll "win all of the classes." This sounds like BS to me. I know they are much more expensive than steel shoes and I have read that they wear down much faster. And these are the same women before that told me that I didn't have to worry about aluminums for my horse. Now all of a sudden they are pressuring me.
What do you guys think?
I had aluminum shoes on my guy before I went totally barefoot. They are lots lighter and therefore in theory will make your horses leg movements easier. They also do wear faster...which mimics the natural wearing process of a bare hoof a little more allowing for a normal breakover point throughout the farrier cycle. Mine were $90 for front hooves only every 6 weeks. We reset them (new shoes) every other trim.
Of course now Im barefoot...which is by far the best choice for my horses...