While HOOF-it® Natural Flex Composite Horseshoes offer many benefits to your horse, here are a few that stand out to experts and valued customers alike:
HOOF-it® developed the composite plastic material used on our horseshoes to mimic the natural shore hardness of a healthy hoof. This latest development in horseshoe technology accommodates the shore hardness of a healthy hoof without the unforgiving nature of metal horseshoes.
One of the greatest benefits of using plastic horseshoes involves improved circulation into the frog and hoof. Also, composite horseshoes provide an easier surface for your horse to stand on than metal. If your horse is suffering from navicular, laminitis or founder, or any arthritic problems such as ringbone, you'll reduce the pain and help your horse become comfortably sound again by using Natural Flex plastic horseshoes.
The circulatory benefits of using composite horseshoes has been documented by thermal imaging.
These shoes are made from a composite material that mimics the shore hardness of a natural hoof. Since there is NOsteel or aluminum in this horseshoe, it allows for maximum shock absorption. We have seen and heard about horse's gates, strides and soundness improving due to the shock-absorbing quality of these Natural Flex Horseshoes. Think about it, would you want to run a mile in dress shoes or sneakers? We are certain that your horse will agree.
It is easy to find your horses shoe size. You just need to measure across at the widest point and then from the toe to a heel. With those two measurements we can get you the proper fit.
We are proud to offer the largest selection of plastic horseshoe sizes on the alternative horseshoe market to date. Our shoes cover ponies to draft horses. Sizes start at US 00 and top off at a US 12. Thesecomposite horseshoes are easy to fit and shape. Most often you can cut them down at least one full shoe size, because they are designed to be wide-web so you are able to customize the shoe to your horse's foot.
At first glance they may look as though they will be time-consuming to apply. However, once you apply your first pair, you will be pleasantly surprised as to how easy and time saving they are. No anvil or forage needed. After you floor the horses hoove's (trim and balance) you will simply put the shoe to the foot and take a sharpie and trace the hoof onto the shoe. Then remove the excess shoe with grinder or nippers. Since our nail placement is designed to move the nail head in or out, you are not limited to one nail placement. Which makes this plastic horseshoe truly customizable.
You will find nailing and gluing instructions on the Application part of this FAQ page.
1. Trim the hoof for balance.
2. Start fitting the HOOF-it® Natural Flex Horseshoe. When choosing the correct size shoe for your horse, you want to choose a size horseshoe that is somewhat larger than the hoof; the excess will be rasped off later.
NOTE: to remove the toe clip, simply rasp it off.
3. Use 2 or 4 standard nails to nail the shoe in place (fewer nails equal a healthier hoof!) Note: We recommend pre-drilling nail holes in the recessed nail placement areas.
4. Now rasp the excess shoe width off to custom fit the shoe to the hoof.
5. Additional nails can be used if needed.
6. Clinch the nails to apply the finishing touches. Ready to ride, stable or pasture. Nailing suggestions are intended for trained farriers only.
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Yes, the PostCradle made by HOOF-it® does fit in the Hoofjack® base. Just imagine, no need to repurchase a hoof stand. Just purchase the Postcradle accessory and voila, no more switching out, losing parts, or lugging around two stands on the job!
NOTE: HOOF-it® does not sell Hoofjack® bases any longer. Hoofjack® is owned and trademarked by Equine Innovations.
Yes, the Post Cradle made by HOOF-it® does fit in all of our HOOF-it® original bases. Just purchase the Post Cradle accessory and your stand has been upgraded to the new 2-in-1 design.