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[RC] synthetic shoes - KKMoonshadowrnch

I tried the synthetic shoes and really liked them for conditioning, but found 
that for the longer distances of >50 miles they really started to tear up my 
horses feet.  And he has always had really great feet.  A farrier that I used 
in OR (when I couldn't stand it anymore at a ride and said please put steel on 
his feet that look like S*#t) who shoes a lot of endurance says that when you 
nail them on, there just ends up being too much movement between the hoof and 
nails and ends up weakening the hooves with all the miles that we put on.  
That's certainly what I found to be true.  I did like the idea of lessening the 
concussion.  Still contemplating doing something different.  Maybe boots?  I've 
not been impressed with any of the boots out there yet, (except the Marquis 
that are way too expensive for my pocketbook) Hoping that I will like the new 
Epics when they come out.  

Kathy & Nick
Moonshadow Ranch
McKenna, WA


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