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  • Should a pastured horse wear aluminum shoes
  • Barrel horses aluminum shoes

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    06-05-2009, 04:42 PM
Green Broke
What I'm saying is that your horse's gait SHOULDN'T change. But that doesn't mean it won't. If you find that your horse's gait is different when you put on the new shoe, I would talk to your farrier about switching shoes the next time
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    06-05-2009, 06:03 PM
Gotcha. Thank you.
    06-05-2009, 10:06 PM
My farrier suggested aluminums for me and my barrel horse but I personally think they did nothing for us and they are extremly easy to ruin you can't go on trails rides with them.
    06-08-2009, 01:22 PM
That's what concerns me as well, is the fact that people are saying that they wear out faster. I can't afford to pay double the cost for shoes, twice over.
    06-08-2009, 05:21 PM
Green Broke
Sounds like it's not really worth it to you! Forget about those obnoxious women and be happy with your steels!
    06-08-2009, 08:27 PM
Horses tend to have better flatter gaits with aluminum simply because its less weight to pick up its a lot like how they would move barefoot on nice soft footing. . . It can improve the movement but is not a miracle cure for a bad mover. The aluminum shoes are more expensive and definitely wear down faster because its a softer metal. I have been told that the aluminum for long term is not great for their feet it supposedly weakens the hoof a little making it a little more brittle. There is also a titanium shoe which is a happy medium we have put a lot of Titanium on our show Hunters and Equitation horses and have been very happy with them the only problem is that titanium shoes are hard to get in larger sizes so if you have a larger footed horse it may not work. They are lighter than steel but stronger than aluminum and I believe less expensive.
I would see if your farrier can get the titanium to try. Good luck!!
    06-08-2009, 09:05 PM
Green Broke
Flatter gaits aren't always better, though!
    06-09-2009, 03:07 PM
I haven't heard anything about titanium. I might ask though just to see what they say. My horse is actually a nice mover, but she does have a little more knee action than this other horse in my division, so that horse always places ahead of her in the flat classes.
    06-09-2009, 03:14 PM
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...
    06-09-2009, 04:58 PM
Green Broke
Titaniums are significantly more expensive then aluminums!!! Titanium in general is a more expensive metal. But I think it might be hard to work with as well. A few years ago some horses at our barn wore them, I don't think our farrier even offers them anymore.

Eventerdrew- flatter gaits are generally more desirable in the hunter world.

Irish- if your horse and this other horse were very close and she just barely won each time, the aluminums could (could) help you win. But if her horse is just simply a better mover there are no shoes in the world that will help that!

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