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[RC] re:OD shoeing options - Mary Howell

Both times my horse did the OD 100, he was padded front shoes only with no
packing material, just a cutout to allow gravel & sand to pass through.

Because he tends to pull shoes when I try to go too fast, I used EZ boots
over shoes at the NC 50 on OD trails last fall and was pleased with the
result. However, on long, slow rides like the 100 I'm not sure I'd opt for
this since the my 1/2 QH has low heels - I'm worried about both the weight
of the size 2 EZ boots add and the pressure on his hoof bulb from wearing
them for a whole for 100 miles, 20+ hours.

Karen Clark's horse Jeb has smaller, more upright hooves and she's had great
success using foamed on EZ boots over shoes on all 4 of Jeb's feet - they
have done several OD 100s this way. This could be a great option for horses
with that type of hoof confirmation.

I was curious about trying Equipak, and had the farrier vendor at Biltmore
look at my horse's feet to see if it would work for him...Shiloh is very
flat footed (does not have a concave sole like most Arabs) so the farrier
said Equipak probably wouldn't stay in there for a whole 100 miles. So, he
will again be wearing pads for this year's OD.

Mary Howell in VA


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