Polyurethane horseshoes designed as a replacement for steel and metal shoes.
- Dress and trim the hoof as you would normally do for shoeing.
- Measure the hoof at the widest points.
- Select the shoe that is the same width. If the hoof is between sizes always select the bigger size shoe.
- The shoe has got five clips. The two rear clips (fitting clips) are fitting clips to hold the shoe in position while shoeing and are then cut off after shoeing. The other three clips are a toe clip and two quarter clips. The toe clip and two quarter clips can be cut off before shoeing, if required.
- Before fitting the shoe decide on whether you want to cut off the toe clip or the two quarter clips. It is easier to shoe if you don’t leave all the clips on the shoe. I recommend you cut off the toe clip and leave in place the two quarter clips but some farriers might prefer to leave the toe clip on and cut off the two quarter clips.
- To fit shoe: turn shoe upside down and place it on the hoof. Mark the hoof where the two quarter clips should be placed. Resect where the two quarter clips will be on the hoof so the clips fit flush with the wall of the hoof.
- Turn the shoe over and slide it onto the hoof until the clips fit into their resected holes. Pull the hoof out towards the front of the horse or place the hoof on the ground. Mark any excess shoe around the heals with a white marker pen.
- Take the shoe off and cut those parts off. After you have cut the shoe dress it up to remove any sharp ends.
- Now the shoe is ready to be fitted. Slide the shoe back on. Nail it on. Be sure to keep your nails up high rather than low. Shoe as a normal shoeing. When nailing up I like to use the six front nail holes.
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