To Hot Shoe or Not shoe that is the question

John Silveira
 


Visitors: 193

Do you wonder whether or not your horse should be hot shod or perhaps what if any are the benefits or advantages of hot shoeing and maybe even if it’s necessary at all?

Hot shoeing is the application of heat to the shoe then pressing the hot shoe onto the hoof wall of the horse. Like many things related to horseshoeing hot shoeing is a controversial subject. A usual question about hot shoeing is “Does that hurt the horse”?

Hot shoeing does not hurt the horse in usual circumstances. There are occasions where it the hoof has been trimmed quite short then the hot shoe is applied the heat transfers into the sensitive tissue of the foot and the horse can feel the heat. Sometimes the horse will not want to put his foot down as it’s too hot; however this is a very temporary condition and rarely ever has hot shoeing caused lameness.

Is there then any real benefit to the horse to be hot shod; well the answer is “Not really”. Some people think the big benefit of hot shoeing is that the shoe fits the foot better. It’s really a question of how much better and is it really necessary.

When the hot shoe is pressed onto the hoof wall the shoe burns itself a spot that conforms to the hoof wall. The controversy is “Does that make any difference”. It’s a questionable difference. The argument is that the shoe “Fits” better. The argument is that even if the shoe is hot fit to the foot when a horse is walking and the foot is breaking over there is still separation of the shoe from the foot (even a hot fit shoe).

Horses that are not hot shod can have shoes that fit very tightly just as well. And being cold shod the shoe will still separate from the hoof wall while the horse walks and runs just as a hot fit shoe will. There doesn’t seem to be any evidence that a horse that was cold shod has ever caused lameness of any kind from being cold shod.

So is being hot shod really any better? Well – Maybe, but certainly not from the standpoint of preventing lameness. However what does prevent lameness is very important to know for yourself.

Preventing lameness is about shoe placement, bone alignment, bone angles, length of toe, and direction of foot in relation to knees and pastern bones as well as quite a few other issues with foot care and horse shoeing practices.

Horseshoeing is surrounded by controversy; few Farriers agree with each other with really how to shoe horses correctly. For the horse owner this can lead to lameness of horses with dire consequences. Not an affordable risk to take.

If you wish to experience the truth about horseshoeing and discover a method with a 16 year 100% track record “Not One Single Lame Horse” just visit the web site below in the author bio. What you risk if you don’t can be very costly. Just click below.

Reprint rights allowed providing nothing has been changed.

Author Bio: John Silveira, Farrier, Aikido practitioner, spiritualist, born and raised in San Mateo California the bay area. For information on his shoeing method and the 100% track record just go to http://Care4Horses.com and leave contact information. thank you and remember to Care4Horses

(605)

Article Source:


 
Rate this Article: 
 
If the Shoe Fits
Rated 4 / 5
based on 5 votes
ArticleSlash

Related Articles:

If The Shoe Fits: The Biggest Mistake In Fitting Shoes, And Why Shoe Companies ..

by: Patrick Gillam (October 26, 2005) 
(Shopping and Product Reviews)

Diary of a Tall Fashionista - Large Shoe Size, Great Shoe Buys

by: Tiffany Delangie (September 15, 2008) 
(Shopping and Product Reviews/Fashion Style)

Shoe Display Shelve: Finding The Appropriate Retail shoe displays For The Job

by: Tran Tom (October 22, 2010) 
(Business/Marketing)

Understand the history of shoe, choose to a pair of good shoe

by: Emily Ben (December 03, 2010) 
(Shopping and Product Reviews/Collectible Jewelry)

Find the Shoe For You! Shoe Fitting Tips For Foot Health

by: Dr Marybeth Crane (June 21, 2008) 
(Health and Fitness)

Hide in the shoe sole of ice pot shoe of secret

by: Emily Ben (December 16, 2010) 
(Business/Change Management)

Choosing The Right Shoe For You

by: Donald Yacono (October 02, 2005) 
(Shopping and Product Reviews/Fashion Style)

The Right Sport Shoe

by: Niki Aubertin (August 20, 2006) 
(Recreation and Sports)

Take That Pebble Out Your Shoe

by: Simon Evans (July 04, 2007) 
(Health and Fitness)

If the Shoe Fits

by: David Gonzalez (February 11, 2005) 
(Shopping and Product Reviews)