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    01-31-2013, 10:59 PM
Lol Okay farrier is coming out monday and I am going to talk to him about it. And yes those pictures are stunning! Looks like tons of fun!
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    01-31-2013, 11:06 PM
Jillybean wanted a picture of his hooves to see the square toe. Here you go, but ignore the length. Farrier's coming on Monday.
    02-19-2013, 10:11 PM
Originally Posted by Iseul    
I don't have a personal opinion on them, but a farrier that I have the utmost respect for thinks they're a joke.
Studs or borium can always be added to aluminum shoes to allow for pavement riding (what Donald is planning on doing with Super this year).

I also know some people who I don't have as much respect for (if any.. ;; ) that swear by them.

To he shod correctly, the rubber/silicon shoes need to be rasped to the correct size and trimmed down in some spots depending on the horse's feet and they're apparently h*ll to try and nail on. And personally, I just don't trust

But, only things I've heard.
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I was told borium is dangerous. If a horse kicks another horse, the borium will slice into the other horse really bad.

A farrier told me that and a person who trains and stables horses said it too.

Has your farrier said anything about that?

Would like to know if what I was told is correct.
    02-19-2013, 10:54 PM
Borium and Drill Tek are both compounds that can be added to shoes to make them more grippy. They are basically carbide, which is harder than steel. The difference between Borium and Drill tek is how they are applied to the shoe.

But you are basically adding spots or lumps of this extra material to the shoe. The lumps or bumps give added traction over just the smooth surface of a typical shoe. Especially when riding across surfaces that smooth steel by itself slips on. Such as ice or granite rock.

So if a horse does kick, there is the possibility that the kick can cause more damage than a simple shoe would cause. Mainly because the extra material that is added can grab and tear skin a little more. So yes the possibility does exist.

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