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[RC] synthetic shoes - mfarm

I have been through the archives and found a few older posts about synthetic 
shoes.  There was not a lot of strong praise for any of them.  A few people 
liked what they did, but were also using metal in some cases.  Has This 
changed?  I train on hard packe gravel logging roads exclusively.  My 23 mile 
loop has about 3500 feet of elivation gain and fall, (up 1000 down 750 up 750 
down 1400...).  I like the idea of reduced concussion and dampened vibration of 
the synthetic shoes.  I also like the idea of the reduced weight.  I do not 
shoe my own horses, my ferrier is willing to give it a go if I like.  She does 
a great job with the current shoes now.  I can get about 300 to 400 miles of 
training out of the steel before they are worn out.  I have not padded the 
soles of the steel shoes yet, but am thinking of doing someting to protect from 
stone bruses this year.  Some of the shoes have builtin pads.  I guess the 
bottom line question is; are they of some benift to the horse, and what are the 
real world experences?  

Adam Falk


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