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Re: [RC] pads as shock absorbers? - Laney Humphrey

My farrier never uses the rearmost nail hole specifically because he wants the rear of the hoof to be able to expand. And he always provides steel beyond the edge of the hoof to encourage expansion.

Jody Rogers-Buttram wrote:
The hoof will compress and decompress regardless of shoe, nail, pad or boot anyway.
This is evident of the "marks" at the heels of shoes when removed. They will be worn from the expansion of the hoof on the surface of the shoe.
This post is NOT to start some war between shoes and barefooters. I know that some barefooters believe that the hoof is not allowed to expand with a shoe on it. But, from my shoeing experience 20+ years now, and endurance 12,000 + miles....this is what I have seen. Jody

*/Tx Trigger <txtrigger@xxxxxxxxx>/* wrote:

So, if the pad was indeed compressing and decompressing, that nail,
in the hoof would be sort of moving up and down through the hoof
with each stride, or, the hoof is moving up and down the nail.

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Re: [RC] pads as shock absorbers?, Jody Rogers-Buttram