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[RC] Ground Control Shoes - Laura Hayes

Suzi wrote:>>>>Just now ordering my first set of Ground Controls....I was wondering how =
many of you use them and are they 'all that'?  We're affectionately calli=
ng them 'Holly's little Orthopedic Shoes'...<<<
Suzi- I have been using them for a couple years now, and put them on for other endurance riders.  As I have said here before, I think they are the best shoe invention in the 23 years I have been shoeing.  I used them on my mare Equal Terms when she won the Ft Valley 100 last year (Old Dominion trails) and they were fabulous.  She walked solidly up over the rocks up the gaps while I heard horses ahead and behind us slipping and scraping on the rocks.  They are great for riding on roads as they grip the pavement and provide concussion absorption. 
You will need a horse with a fairly dense and 'tidy' foot to keep them from allowing them to spread the foot too much - but all the horses I have used them on have done fine.  I like them because I can leave a good amount of shoe behind on my mare's hind feet to give her more heel protection and support - she is naturally low in the heels in back.
I also use them in the winter here in Western New York (near snowy Buffalo).  They do not ball with snow and in most cases of footing, provide protection without skidding.  Though I have a friend that says she slides in the winter...I find them to be comparable to barefeet. 
I have not had them flip flop, nor have I had stuff underneath.  My mare did have an abscess in her frog that broke and then seemed to abscess again - I think because the bar of the shoe mushed the drain hole closed.  I put her in steel for awhile and have put her back in the GCs now with no problem.
Laura Hayes AERC#2741