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post #1 of 18 Old 08-08-2009, 09:26 AM Thread Starter
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Just a thought! Rubber horseshoes?

Why not rubber horseshoes?my car gets 25/30,000 miles out of the tyres so in theory a horse should get 6/8 weeks easily out of a set of rubber shoes and they should grip better than metal and offer the horse more impact protection on hard surfaces.Probably a silly idea but I'm new to horses .Has it ever been tried?
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post #2 of 18 Old 08-08-2009, 11:27 AM
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They would not stay in place. Nails would rip through, and they could stretch put of shape, or at least I think they would.

Some people do put rubber pads on under shoes though
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post #3 of 18 Old 08-08-2009, 11:33 AM
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I think there's a such thing, or something close. I beleive there are fiberglass shoes? Agg, something weightless for racing but I'm not sure the material. :P

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I think that they would tear, because they would have to be on the thin side.Though, a horse at my lesson barn has rubber pads under her shoes for navicular I think.
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post #5 of 18 Old 08-08-2009, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
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Googled it and found thishttp://www.smoothwalker.com/
seems a good idea.Iwonder why they dont catch on
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I thought most mounted police already use rubber shoes I think they are metal on the inside but they have a layer of rubber on the them to help horses who are on pavement all the time.


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and this. www.ollov.com fascinating stuff. i must ask my farrier does he do them as I ride mainly on rocky trails
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I thought most mounted police already use rubber shoes I think they are metal on the inside but they have a layer of rubber on the them to help horses who are on pavement all the time.
Exactly! Police! I think you're right!

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Different surfaces would be my first bet. You're not running a horse over smooth pavement all the time :)


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post #10 of 18 Old 08-08-2009, 01:14 PM
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We use hoof boots which have a sort of rubber sole. When you look at the hoof tracks we make going down a dirt road, it looks like little horsey sneaker prints


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