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post #31 of 33 Old 06-09-2009, 09:32 PM
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You may want to try Titanium shoes. They are hard to get in larger sizes but are lighter than normal steel shoes and more durable than aluminum. They give you the same benefits as the aluminum and I believe they are a little cheaper depending on how difficult they are for your farrier to get.
The only class that changing to an aluminum would really possibly help in would be an under saddle class, and it only shows off the horses natural movement so if you happen to have a horse that naturally has a lot of knee action there's not a huge reason to switch from steel.
The aluminum shoes can be pretty hard on their feet also.
Good luck with your shoeing decision : )
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post #32 of 33 Old 06-09-2009, 10:52 PM
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My horses have aluminum shoes unless they have some kind of problem. Aluminum shoes make a big difference in movement. My horses move so much better in aluminum. They are about 10 more dollars for me than steel so not that much different in price. But, you can't reuse them like you can the steel so instead of paying for shoes every other time you pay every time. I notice a big difference in my horses movement in aluminum vs. steel.
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$10 more dollars is not that big of a difference. Unfortunately, I don't think the price difference would be that minimal for me. I need to have her feet done soon so I have a lot of questions for the farrier.
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