the use of packages and so called "special " shoes , blocks , stickers , wedges should be on the list of not to be used , im fed up with the BS spouted from horseshoers who use gimmicks supposedly to enhance performance , the horse is either good enough or not and all the crap you boys stick on the end of the leg can only aid in hampering performance
I use wedges on some horses on the track; it helps when you have no heels on the horse; and blocks I used last year; because if you saw our tracks; you will understand. I have used stickers on the couple to help widen them up; it's like a trailer; lateral ext to the show horse.
we use no-vibes, and outer rims going on a horse in a few weeks; it's helps this horse.
I have LT on one horse now in training.
I guess the winners I have shod, with gimmicks that Chris dislikes, should send back their purse money and go off and die because Chris doesn't think they deserved to win?
Good shoeing beats bad shoeing hands down; but if I can use a "gimmick" that will keep a horse from hitting himself, slipping or sliding, hyper flexing one or more joints or coming up sore; I'll use it. Remember, I was one of those wacko guys grinding down the toe grabs on front shoes in the '70s; who knew it would only take 40yrs to be in style.
Who are we, as farriers, to say somebody's horse isn't good enough or shouldn't get the help we can offer in order to win a competition. If we killed off all the less than perfect horses; we wouldn't have many left...
we have tracks to that need this help. Europe and others must have a better track system than here in the states.
also, the typedia [synthetic] tracks give to much; and a result; riders have been badly injured here.
Chris, I'll show you our tracks next time; you will be amazed at the lack there of..........and will have a better sense of our troubled system over here.
and on the grinding down the toe grabs; not enough is just as bad; and now the soft tissue injuries are more apparent than ever. toe-grabs caused the twists and bone fractures; now not enough is causing a another problem.
also the quaility of shoeing has gone down; we still have the LTLH here; just now we have added the fastbreak shoe to it; but without changing the angles of the foot; because they still want that long stride that the long toe will provide--which it does not!
you still have the problem of the changing the minds of the trainers/owners; they say yeah; but then they do just the opposite; and have LTLH on a horse that is ready to run.
Thread is about drugs folks. Shoeing gimmicks and methodologies would fit in real good in Race Plating if anybody would like to kick it off up there?