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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.
    12-07-2014, 11:59 AM
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    12-07-2014, 01:36 PM
I've had to use glue ons for therapeutic reasons, and I can tell you they are a major PITA. They just will not stay on for more than three weeks, no matter what we do. If it's at all wet, they fall off. The NANRIC ones with the cuff stayed on better, so I expect the EasyBoot glue on does too. I don't like a lot of the plastic ones even with nails because you don't have a lot of choice about shaping the foot to the shoe rather than the shoe to the foot.

I've also used EasyBoots of all types, and like the glove for occasional trail rides because they last better than shoes if you don't ride more than a couple times a week. However, they will not stay on some hoof types and I have lost them or broken gaiters at very inopportune times. They also do not seem to help as much as shoes on very rocky terrain.

I have also had horses who had spent most of their lives barefoot who were well conditioned to gravel roads and could go w/t/c over gravel without any pain. That is the best if your horse has the right kind of hooves. If not, it's a toss up between boots and plain old shoes. If the horse is in heavy work and you have a good farrier, regular shoes are probably the best bet. Lighter work or a mediocre to bad farrier, and you'll be better off with frequent barefoot trims and boots, provided you can match up a boot with your horse's hoof shape and get them to stay on.
    12-14-2014, 11:53 AM
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I used Equi Flex shoes for about 12 years. On endurance horses, driving horses, gaited horses, and I loved them, as did my farrier. He was a basic kind of guy, did a consistently good job, no drama, and I miss him. I have dealt with countless prima doa types who thought they knew everything, and everyone else knew nothing, but they did a crummy job.

Anyway, he could not believe how easy they were, and that sometimes I got 2 resets out of a set. They are easy on tools, and quickly roll to the horses stride. They support the bottom of the foot. They have great traction on the road. They are lightweight.

The farrier who put my last set on had never seen them, and loved them, also.

I now have everyone barefoot, doing hooves myself, so I use Renegades when I drive down the road, or ride on really Rocky trails.

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