rubber/gel like horse shoes?
Okay so my arab gelding has awesome feet. Does not need shoes normally for normal riding. I normally dont have anyone to ride with. I dont like riding in the grass alongside the highway by my house because the drivers are very ignorant and do not like to slow down at all. My gelding doesnt spook at them, it just scares me. So I cant ride in the grassy areas. My house is on a dirt road. Well, a gravel road. Cars rarely ever travel down it and if they do they are going about 20 mph. Much safer! I would really like to condition my gelding but I do not want to trot him on the gravel roads barefoot for fear of stone bruising, abcess, etc. I do not like the idea of aluminum shoes because I do ride on the paved road sometimes and I dont want to take the chance of him slipping. I have heard good things about rubber horse shoes, though. Does anyone know about them? Are they good for protection from gravel? Which shoes are the best? Are they better nailed in or glued on? I like the idea of a flexible horse shoe that absorbs shock and gives cushion much like our sneakers. Like I said he has great hooves, but they would need protection from the gravel and rocks I would be riding on constantly. I have peeked at Epona shoes and others. I am looking for something that will last awhile, can be reset, offers great protection, but doesnt drain my bank account. :) I am interested in beginning endurance and also am starting showing (just open shows). Thanks
my best friend is my arabian. People always tell me that he's the calmest horse they've ever seen. i tell them he's an arabian. and they are surprised :)