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Re: [RC] Steel or Aluminum shoes? - Quentin & Libby Llop

I shoe my horse, Fly, with aluminum and generally get up to 200
competition miles on a set. We got pulled at 77 miles in the NC, but I
can't imagine a more abrasive 77 miles and the shoes were in good shape.
 I agree with Ed that results vary tremendously from horse to horse.
There are some big advantages (like not slipping on pavement and
concrete) and it might be worth it to give it a try and see if they work
for your horse.   Libby

Sisu West Ranch wrote:
I have only seen, personally, one endurance horse shod in Aluminum
shoes.  By the end of the ride they were trashed.  The ride was about
average in abrasiveness, and the horse before and after was not hard
on steel shoes.
There is real differences in how hard horses are on shoes.  Perhaps, a
horse easy on shoes could successfully be shod in Aluminum, if the
environment was not particularly abrasive.  The other end of the
spectrum is Ranger.  He needs hard surfaced steel shoes or he wears
them out in about a month.
Yes, I do know that "proper" conformation would prevent excess shoe
wear, but we got to deal with the horse we have.
*Ed & Wendy Hauser
2994 Mittower Road
Victor, MT 59875*
*(406) 642-9640*


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