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Groundbreaking Development. Plastic horseshoes in a revolutionary, unique design which will make you question everything you ever thought about non-metal horseshoes.

Our Considerations webpage should answer most of your queries, if not please connect with us and we will answer your specific enquiry. Steve also addresses a number of issues in his Video Blogs

1. Do you shoe horses using the Costin Horseshoe at normal trimming times?

Yes, you shoe horses just as often as you would using steel shoes.

2. Are your shoes more slippery than steel shoes?

No, in fact some riders report to us that they find our shoes less slippery.

3. How well do your shoes wear?

They are just as durable as steel shoes and they wear just as well.

4. Are your shoes expensive?

No, they are considerably cheaper than other plastic shoes and they are priced competitively with steel and aluminium shoes.

5. Do the nails pull through the plastic?

No, even though the shoes are called plastic horseshoes they are actually made out of polyurethane. The nails won’t come out.

6. Can you glue your shoes on instead of using nails?

Yes, the design of the shoe allows for the shoe to be glued on. We can recommend glues to use.

7. Do your shoes help the growth of my horse’s feet?

Yes, they certainly do. Because the shoe is flexible they do not restrict the natural movement of the foot. Compare this to a steel shoe which is a cast on a horse’s hoof.

8. Are your shoes easy to put on?

Yes, they are very easy. And it takes about half the time to shoe a horse using the Costin Horseshoe.

9. Are your shoes safer than steel shoes?

Yes. If a horse pulls the shoe the clip is far less likely to penetrate the horse’s hoof.

10. What colours are your shoe?

Our basic colour is black but please give us your feedback re other colours you would like.

11. Will your shoes help a laminitic horse?

The Costin horseshoe is designed to make a good horse even better. . It is not designed for laminitic horses. It is not an orthopaedic shoe. It is a shoe designed to replace steel and aluminium shoes and assist in preventing the damage that a horse suffers from vibration and jarring particularly in the early stages of work which we believe must shorten its racing or competing life.

12. Will your shoes help with shin soreness?

Shin soreness happens to nearly all two year olds and first time starters. When you buy a horse at the sales most owners want to get them ready for two year old races. But what stops most horses getting to the early races is shin soreness.

In those early races it’s not the fastest horse that wins but the soundest horse. So far the Costin Horseshoe has had amazing results in getting babies to the racing track.

Generally shin soreness results in a long time out spelling for a horse before it is brought back into work. In dollars and sense it costs a lot of money, not to mention the disappointment and frustration for owners and trainers.

I’ve even had horses that didn’t want to move forward and exhibited behavioural problems. Obviously they had sore feet or sore legs from jarring which improved immediately after I shod them with the Costin Horseshoe. This was something I couldn’t believe and neither could the owners. But we watched it actually happen time and time again.

13. Do you nail the shoe to the foot and shape the foot to fit the shoe?

No, you shoe with a bigger shoe and dress the shoe to fit the hoof.

14. How do you select a shoe where the hoof is between two sizes?

Always select the larger shoe size because you can easily cut off excess material from the shoe without interfering with the horse’s hoof.

15. Why is a wider shoe such as the Costin Horseshoe better than a narrow shoe such as a typical concave steel shoe?

Wide shoes stop tearing of the lamina and protect the sole of the hoof against rocks and other sharp objects. The extra coverage provides more sole pressure and keeps the hoof nicely convexed.

16. Does your shoe help laminitis?

It is not designed for horses with laminitis. It has, however, helped some horses in their recovery stages of laminitis by giving them greater sole support.

In the early stages of laminitis I would probably use conventional methods because the problem is in the foot which is usually helped by raising the heel to ease the pain. We have found that our shoe helps the horse during the recovery stages of laminitis.

You should always be guided by your veterinarian and farrier.