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Shoes: Revolutions in equine hoof protection
Shoes are the healthiest alternatives to hoof shin. It offers all the advantages of bare-foot hoof grooming while offering the comforts that encourage the horse to move with the right heel-first land. Wherefore should a barefoot horse need the protective properties of hoof shoes? A large part of the inspirations for bare-footed hoof grooming come from animals that live in their ferocious state.
This is why the bare-footed horse's ideals, which can take over any ground with its horseman on board, are widely used in the bare-footed game. Of course, there is so much we can teach from the horse's own wilderness, and this is also true of our own house ponies - the seven-step nature trim is proof of this.
However, we must also be conscious of the difference between household and suckling horsemen and how we must approach them, not only for the comforts of our horsemen, but also to encourage the best possible hoof condition. In fact, the life style of the house horse is by nature very different from that of the game horse, and this has a significant influence on the power of the inner structure of the hoof.
All we need to do is look at the hoof section that the two compared to see the evidence (see hoof section pictures on The Importance of Nature Horse Hoof Care). That is why the protective effect of the boot is so important for good bare-foot grooming. Weaknesses of the hoof are the primary causes:
From birth, the game horse travels almost uninterruptedly and is expected to cover an annual mileage of 26 mph. As a result, the inner structure of the hoof, such as the electronic pad, is stimulated and strengthened and the hoof surface is preserved so that it does not become worn and distorts the shape and the hoof equilibrium.
Dietary intake of game horses is much lower in sugar than the normal intake of household horses. Horses as a specie are not able to metabolise this sugar properly and their by-products are poisonous for the foot (see: Horse nutrition and its importance for hoof care). Although a house horse has been transformed into a bare-footed horse, many were previously shoed and have severe long-term damages and weaknesses in the inner structure of the hoof.
Genetics: For thousands of years, sound hoofs have been an essential part of the development of the deer. Rarely, however, has good hoof make-up been taken into consideration in selecting the horses for rearing, which the house horse has produced in its many shapes. It has been hundreds of years that the weakness of the hoof has been masked by the practices of hoof tamping, and it is hard to determine the degree of genetics, but it is only necessary to match the mean contemporary indigenous hoof with that of whole blood or warm blood to see that there really is a genetical impact.
While there is much to do to reduce these disparities between the horse's savage and home life style (e.g. through nutrition and the use of managerial tools such as Paddock Paradise), the fact that home hoofs are in most cases far from having the inner power of savage hoofs is still in evidence.
Furthermore, the house horse is supposed to bear the load of a horseman and go where the horseman says, regardless of the area. Shoes are a convenient way to make up for these discrepancies and give your horse the level of foot support it should have.
We have the obligation to protect the hoof in any way when riding for the above described reason. This is now relatively easy with the hoof shoe, which is becoming increasingly common as an alternate to shod. The big benefit of these shoes is of course that they are taken off when the horse is not riding (except in some cases) and the hoof is restored to its normal bare-footed condition for the remainder of the while.
Today, most Barfoot practitioners consider hoof shoes a must for those who change to barefooting after shod. But many still stick to the idea that the horse is completely barefooted again after this time. It is a common misconception that even a small amount of hoof uneasiness and/or hoof frailty has an impact on the horse's movements.
If a horse has even a slight uneasiness in the hoofs, it will offset this by dropping on the toes first with every step and not on the heels. The reason for this is that the hoof's major bundles of nerves are located under the wolf, so that a sensitive horse prevents the horse from colliding with the foot on the floor by pointing the toes to the floor.
This not only distorts the horse's smooth, naturally occurring movements, stresses the horse's limbs, sinews and tendons and shakes the foot bones, but also causes a downward spiral in the hoof itself. Stimulating the horse's feet with every step of the way will help to improve and reinforce the structure of the hoof, such as the electronic pillow, and gives the horse's nerves important neuro-relex.
Also on a smooth ground a horse often shows a better heel-first touchdown with protective footwear than without. Maybe that's because of the horse's heavy association and anticipation - when they know the boot's cover is there, they will find it easier to unwind in a way that they walk the sole first, no matter what the texture.
In the first picture above (left) a nice front and rear initial calcaneal landings with the Renegade® bootguard. Second ( (right) is the same horse a few years ago - barefooted, but without the protective gear of a boot that lands on the tip of the hoof to prevent the more fragile foot from impacting.
Notice how the entire stretch of the extremity is affected by the first touchdown, which changes the horse's smooth, naturally moving motion when the legs are set. A number of drivers are hesitant to consider hoof pumps instead of footwear as they are unsafe in competitions. Indeed, the regulations are beginning to be changed in many horse sport events in which the use of ankle boot has so far been severely discriminated against.
Hoof shoes are already becoming increasingly fashionable in the end-urance race - some of the top drivers in the USA use Renegade shoes, which are available in an adhesive finish specifically developed for the most challenging end-urance races. Not only do the shoes offer all the benefits for the hoof, they also support the horse's cardio performance: the pump power of the hoof considerably promotes the perfusion of an undefeated horse, which relieves the load on the hoof's body and leads to a lower heartrate frequency during the examination.
Let's hopefully the other events will soon be catching up and hoof shoes will prevail in competitions. If the horse owner is asked for more money, this will be done more quickly. What kind of boot? As hoof shoes become increasingly popular, there is an ever-growing selection of different sorts.
We have had very good experiences with Renegade hoof shoes (right) in our own use, which have an outstanding shape for several reasons: Because of their distinctive shape, they are much more versatile than any other hoof shoe, allow the hoof to move naturally and offer the best possible comforts.
They' re tidy and tight, unlike many awkward hoof pumps, and their shape fits snugly with the Seven-Step Regular Quim. Replacement of all parts of the heels. The Renegade® hoof pumps were created by someone who puts the horse first, and we have to pay attention to that bare-footed - it's not about a morally crusading to show that a horse doesn't need a shoe, it's about doing what's best for the horse, and hoof pumps are clearly an important part of that.
Trustworthiness: Hoof shoes must be well adapted to prevent the risks of loosening while driving. But even if this happens, it is usually much simpler to get out and put the ankle back on than to handle a missing one.
There' s an ever-growing selection of footwear, and if you find the right one for your horse back training, you should have no difficulty sliding or taking off your hoof pumps under any condition. The use of stick-on jackets solves this issue entirely in the case of performing cycling. Hoof pumps can be worn faster than footwear, according to the kind of footwear you use, the condition of the floor and the distance you will mile.
Most hoof shoes, however, are astonishingly robust and durable. Usually hoof shoes last many more years under standard circumstances. The most hoof shoes have interchangeable parts to maximise their durability. Grating the hide over the hoof can be a problem with shoes that protrude beyond the roots, especially on fine-skinned ponies and when chippings get mingled.
Renegades boot do not come over the crown and the cushioned ankle capsule's elasticity prevents any friction on the toes. Expenses: Hoof shoes may seem like a costly effort at first, but in comparison to the costs of hoof shoes they amortize very quickly. One of the perhaps most disheartening things about hoof shoes for horse ranchers is the inconvenience of having to put them on and off each and every horse they are riding.
It may also seem simple to pass the complete foot care of your horse to a blacksmith. The downside, however, is that you are in a dependency location, and the inconveniences that arise when your horse looses a boot and the blacksmith cannot come out, or even if he makes sure the blacksmith comes regular enough, are significant.
The use of hoof shoes when horseback-riding is a habit you quickly get used to - it quickly becomes another part of turning. This small expenditure of work is a small cost for the enormous advantages for the horse's good and wellbeing. Proof of the hoof shoe's capabilities in high-performance sport.
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