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TESTIMONIALS

John Crowley, Bachelor of Veterinary Science with Honours

42 years as an Equine Veterinarian, Specialist in lameness problems with horses

Woodlands NSW 2575

I’ve just inspected the latest version of the Costin Horseshoe and it’s just about a perfect horseshoe. The shoe gives plenty of sole protection, it is thin horseshoe so it doesn’t stand the horse off the ground too much. It’s got three clips - a toe clip and two side clips. These clips can be cut off, if required. It’s got the nail holes set nice and wide so you’re not going to prick them.

The shoe has a nice seat out in the sole bearing surface of the shoe; a break over; good toe grip; good pattern on the bottom that should give plenty of traction; the pad that you can glue on the top of it where you can have a multitude of adjustments to the shoe.

Attachments

Steve has designed several attachments where if you’ve got a horse than needs balancing from the front to the back you can make one side higher and one side lower. You can raise the heel up, you can give it a rocker shoe. You can make a hospital plate out of it by just gluing or screwing the hospital plate on top of the shoe.

You can put a raised heel on it if you have an injury to a cannon that you need to raise up for a while. You can pour the inside of it with some equithane if you needed to support the frog more. You can make a heart bar shoe out of it.

The shoe has got a multitude of uses and Steve has made it out of a very good polyurethane material.

I can’t see any reason why these Costin horseshoes won’t be useful for virtually everyone who’s trying to shoe horses with normal feet and also, with problems.

Comparison to a steel horseshoe

I think it’s got more give in it and it’s much wider. A steel shoe as wide as the Costin Horseshoe would be very heavy. The Costin Horseshoe gives you much more sole protection; it’s got a nice little concave surface that allows the frog pressure to still be utilized. If a steel horseshoe was anywhere near as wide it would weigh three times as much as this shoe. It’s very hard to mould a steel shoe but the Costin Horseshoe is certainly easier to shape and mould. You can spread it a little bit. There’s six different sizes available in the Costin Horseshoe that should fit virtually every horse. From a warm blood down.

Comparison to other plastic horseshoes

I’ve never seen another plastic (polyurethane) horseshoe like the Costin Horseshoe. Well not like that. I’ve seen some people try and make plastic shoes but not like this shoe. I think the difference in the Costin Horesehoe is the material that it’s made out of. The other plastic horseshoes I’ve seen are glue on plastic shoes which are ok for a short term but the longevity of the Costin horseshoe will be much better.

Vibrations

The Costin Horseshoe would absorb a lot more vibration compared to a steel shoe. However, it’s more than that. It’s more the twisting effect that’s the problem in a horse’s leg. And the Costin Horseshoe would enable you to get DP balance (dorsal-palmar/plantar balance), which is front to back balance, very easily by just adding the attachment to the bottom and changing the shape of the attachment. The Costin Horseshoe would absorb a lot of the vibration and it would mould with the horse’s foot a lot better. There’s a lot more bend in it, but it would protect the foot better at the same time.

Steve’s done a great job with the design of this horseshoe.

"I’ve never seen another plastic (polyurethane) horseshoe like the Costin Horseshoe."

Di Brown, Registered Horse Trainer, Beaudesert, Qld

Steve Costin’s shoes have been absolutely fantastic for me. They have been the difference between a horse racing and not.

I have a big grey horse, Sirocan, in work. He’s from a good family but he’s had heal problems. He’s already won two good races but in his last start he ran clear off the track. It wasn’t till we got home that I could see his heal/heel was gone and all bruised.

We put Steve’s new shoes on and the horse went from limping to walking freely, I’ve never seen anything like it. I have put him out for a three month spell. He’s now sound and his hoof is growing back as well.

I will be continuing to use Steve’s shoes. I have another horse who is starting to show hoof problems so I will be using Steve’s shoes for him as well.

"I have found Steve Costin’s new plastic horseshoes nice and light. They are truly fantastic."

Brad drennan, farrier, Toowoomba, QLD

I shoe a lot of racehorses and have used Costin Shoes on horses that have been presented with underrun and thin soles, seedy toe, hoof abscess, concussion related soreness and a laminetic mare that didn't x-ray well. The shoes have worked in every case so far with all horses coming sound and going on to race and stay sound. I've been very impressed with the quality of hoof growth with each shoeing cycle even on horses with a history of poor quality growth. The shoes are very wide and supportive but don't restrict the foot. They wear very well, comparable to a race plate and I've used only light E3 nails in all sizes without any shifted or lost shoes. I will continue to use these shoes where applicable as they have been so successful and are quick and easy to use.

Joanne Baillieu, Owner & Rider, Tabooba, Qld

I have ridden and raced racehorses for over 50 years. I am also involved with polo horses. My son, Edward plays polo.

I have found Steve Costin’s new plastic horseshoes nice and light. They are truly fantastic I have only used them on one mare so far but can’t wait to use them on all my horses. I also keen to tell polo people and my friends about them and my son is also keen to try them.

"I have found Steve Costin’s new plastic horseshoes nice and light. They are truly fantastic."

Kaleen Faul, Yearling Manager, Woodside Park Stud, QLD

We have been trialling Steve Costin’s new plastic shoes for the last 2 years on our yearlings throughout their sales preparation and have been very happy with the quality and performance of the shoes.

Fitting the shoes is quick and easy, which is great on young horses being shod for the first time. The shoes wear well, lasting at least as long as steels and have plenty of grip on all surfaces, especially concrete which can be a problem with steel shoes.

If a horse over reaches when out playing and stands on the front shoe, steels will bend and stay that way (sprung shoe) and possibly cause injury to the horse. We have found in the same situation, Steve’s shoes will flex and then sit back in place, therefore reducing the risk of injuries.

Overall we have been very happy with Steve’s plastic shoes on our young horses and will continue using them in the future

"Fitting the shoes is quick and easy, which is great on young horses being shod for the first time. The shoes wear well, lasting at least as long as steels and have plenty of grip on all surfaces, especially concrete which can be a problem with steel shoes."

Marcus Wilson, Racehorse Trainer, Marcus Wilson Racing, Bundall, Qld

I have been training racehorses since 2006. I followed my father, John Wilson, into racing. Together we have over 35 years’ experience in training racehorses.

I started using Steve Costin’s plastic horseshoes a few months ago. I have found them incredible.

I train the racehorse Mana Manu which is a 6 year old gelding. The horse is quite handy. It’s won a few races. I decided a few months ago to put it out for a spell. I noticed that it was getting short in its action.

While spelling I decided to use Steve Costin’s plastic horseshoes. I had heard good things about them and wanted to see if they would make any difference to Mana Manu.

I can’t believe the results. He’s a different horse. He’s a lot better in his action both walking and working. Mana Manu has improved 5 to 6 lengths. You don’t expect that sort of improvement from an older horse.

The plastic shoes are keeping Mana Manu pain free. My father and I have never come across anything like this before.

The shoes have taken away the jarring in Mana Manu’s feet while he’s been working.

Mana Manu is about to start racing again and with these plastic shoes I think he will do very well.

"I started using Steve Costin’s plastic horseshoes a few months ago. I have found them incredible."

Tye Findlay, Foreman, Racing Queensland

Steve has used his plastic horseshoes on two of my horses so far.

The first was a laminitic mare, Country Mare, which was so bad the vet said we should consider putting her down. But it was a good mare and even though it had excelled as a racehorse herself, she’s thrown two outstanding horses. One has won 6 races to date and the other was a champion polo horse that sold overseas for over $100,000.

Steve used his plastic horseshoes on her and the mare hasn’t looked back. The improvement in the mare is simply stunning.

While spelling I decided to use Steve Costin’s plastic horseshoes. I had heard good things about them and wanted to see if they would make any difference to Mana Manu.

The other horse, Obnoxious, is a good racehorse but is extremely laminitic. We were told that Obnoxious couldn’t race any more but after using Steve’s shoes for the last 12 months she is racing again.

"Steve used his plastic horseshoes on her and the mare hasn’t looked back. The improvement in the mare is simply stunning."

Linda Truer, SPR Horse Training Centre,Qld 4207

I am a full-time EA NCAS qualified coach with extensive international experience training horses and riders of all levels in dressage and eventing.

I have used plastic horseshoes previously but I predominantly use steel shoes for my horses.

Steve used his plastic horseshoes on her and the mare hasn’t looked back. The improvement in the mare is simply stunning.

Steve Costin introduced me to his plastic horseshoes a few months ago and I agreed to trial them on some of my horses after talking to Steve. In talking to Steve I was attracted to his ideas and theories on horses but particularly to his work on his plastic horseshoe.

I have found the results of using Steve’s shoe outstanding.

There is one particular horse, Chester, that I’d like to mention. When he is shod with steel shoes he shows his age of 14 years. He is arthritic and tight in the body.

However, I recently tried Steve Costin horseshoes on him and the change was astounding. When riding him you can really feel the difference. He is just a different horse. I think the difference between Steve Costin’s shoes and steel shoes is like asking someone to run a mile in an athletic shoe or a work boot.

No other plastic shoe I have tried comes close to the Costin Horsehoe. Steve’s shoe is so superior.I highly recommend the Costin Horseshoe. I think people will be surprised with the results they obtain.

"No other plastic shoe I have tried comes close to the Costin Horsehoe. Steve’s shoe is so superior."

Olaf Huenerberg – Farrier, Greenbank Qld

I have used the Costin plastic horse shoe on numerous occasions now and it proved to be a very well designed practical horse shoe. My own horse has been shod with this shoe as she suffers from sensitive feet and it worked extremely well for her. I am looking forward to using only this shoe in the future replacing steel shoes which in my opinion will become redundant in the long term. It is my firm belief that this shoe provides greater comfort and support than conventional steel or aluminium shoes.

"I have used the Costin plastic horse shoe on numerous occasions now and it proved to be a very well designed practical horse shoe."

Kandice Jayde Pritchard, Stud Manager, Fig Tree Thoroughbred Stud, Biddaddaba Qld 4275

I have been using Costin horseshoes for nearly 12 months. I have had excellent results with them. They have been very good on laminitic mares with major hoof problems. I’ve trialed them on horses that have been regarded as unfixable but have achieved outstanding results.

Recently we’ve had three horses at our stud with hoof problems and you should see the difference in them now. They were unsound prior to using the Costin Horseshoe. I think it must be the design of the shoe. I think the shoe helps the horses the way their hooves hit the ground. These shoes are better for the horses’ hooves.

We prepare up 30 yearlings a year for sale, mostly for the Magic Millions Yearling Sales. Last year we used Costin Horseshoes on all the yearlings. The yearlings did very well with them and they all seemed happier.

One of the things I noticed was how quick and easy it was to shoe the yearlings with Costin Horseshoes. Another thing is that the yearlings seem to go a lot better with their joints while wearing the Costin Horseshoes.

Costin Horseshoes are much better than using steel horseshoes, particularly for young horses. Because of the great results I’ve achieved with the yearlings I now use Costin Shoes on all my horses including thoroughbred racing horses.

I won’t be going back to steel shoes.

"Costin Horseshoes are much better than using steel horseshoes, particularly for young horses."

Christine Christie, Endurance rider, Beaudesert Qld

I am an experienced endurance rider. I ride in endurance competitions an average of twice a month. I have completed some big rides including the Quilpie Ride which is 160 kilometres. There are three divisions of endurance riding junior, light-weight, middle-weight and heavy-weight. I am a light weight rider. I ride at 69 kilos including the saddle.

I have been using Steve Costin’s plastic horseshoes for the last 2 years on my nine year old mare Sateen which is a pure Arab.

The shoes are just fantastic! When I first started endurance riding with Sateen her heart rate was 37, now it’s gone down to 31 and sometimes 29.

Steve’s shoes are great in any terrain. They seem to take concussion out of Sateen’s legs. She’s so relaxed in the plastic shoes.

I would never go back to steel shoes. For endurance riding they are the bee’s knees. I am so pleased that Steve asked me to test them for him.

The shoes seem to be so much lighter on the horse’s feet.

"Steve’s shoes are great in any terrain. They seem to take concussion out of Sateen’s legs. She’s so relaxed in the plastic shoes."

Robert Smith of Wellcamp QLD, Racehorse trainer

I am a registered racehorse trainer. Apart from racing horses I also break them in and pre-train them. I shoe all my own horses.

I have been a trainer for over 8 years.

I train out of Toowoomba, Queensland.

I’ve been using Steve Costin’s plastic horseshoes on six of my horses.

I’ve had a couple of horses with fetlock issues and the shoes have helped them.

I took a little longer to shoe the horses the first couple of times but after that I found them very simple to use. I’ve saved money using the shoes because they’ve helped my horses.

"I’ve saved money using the shoes because they’ve helped my horses."

Mark McCann Stud Manager Dandine Stud, Goomburra QLD

The first time we used the shoe we had a lamentic mare, which was the dam of quite a good sire called Written Tycoon. We basically tried everything, heart bars, rocker shoes. One day Steve said we’ll give this new shoe of mine a go. We went from a horse standing at the water trough 24/7 to what neither of us could believe. After shoeing with Steve’s shoe, the horse trotted off to the other mares. It was amazing. Neither of us could believe it. The shoe turned that mare around from being a horse that stood at the water trough every day to the happiest mare. She was like that for quite a few years. She was a mare that would come in kicking and bucking. The shoes changed her life. The other amazing thing I noticed was that the mare’s feet grew by 3 sizes in the two years we had her. The foot moved with the shoe so it is like not having a shoe on. It is natural for the foot to grow. Three sizes is quite amazing. After my experience with the shoe we won’t use any other shoe than Steve’s shoe. We shoe all our yearlings with Steve’s shoes the most notable being Capitalist which won the 2016 Magic Millions 2 yo Classic and the Golden Slipper.

"After my experience with the shoe we won’t use any other shoe than Steve’s shoe."

Noel Watson of Tamborne QLD, trainer of Reining Horses for 25 years

Web: Reining Australia

I have been training reining horses for the last 25 years. Some of my winning horses have been Einstein Flashy Jac and Fancy Stepping Heart Throb.

I have been using the Costin Horseshoe on some of my horses recently and am very happy with them.

I have noticed the horses that have been shod with the Costin Horseshoe are loping and circling better. Even their turnarounds and stepping is improved. The horses seem better up front and are stopping a lot easier.

I think for reining, Costin Horseshoes are better than steel shoes. They seem to help the horses more.

"I have been using the Costin Horseshoe on some of my horses recently and am very happy with them."

Alex Christie, Racehorse Owner, 35 Ilbogan Rd Beaudesert QLD

I am an owner of the 4 year old racehorse, Sacromonte currently being raced in Queensland.

Sacromonte has finished its second preparation.

In its first preparation the horse had 7 starts for two placings. Those placings were on soft tracks.

Sacromonte has always had hoof problems. It could never handle hard tracks. It kept jarring up. It’s a horse with plenty of ability but its feet let it down. It also had the problem of its feet splitting.

At the start of Sacromonte’s second preparation we decided to use the Costin Horseshoes. My wife, Christine has been using them on her endurance horse with exceptional results so we decided to give them a go.

From the first time we shod the horse with the Costin Horseshoe Sacromonte seemed a lot more comfortable.

In its second preparation with the Costin Horseshoes Sacromonte has never been out of the money for 6 starts except for one race where there was a mix up with the instructions given to the jockey.

It now makes no difference if the horse runs on a hard, soft or heavy track as long as it is wearing the Costin Horseshoes during training. The trainer, Mark Palmer trains Sacromonte at the Beaudesert Track which is very hard, like concrete. But we have had no problems with the horse’s feet since wearing the Costin Horseshoe.

I will definitely never go back to steel horseshoes.

I’ve owned and raced racehorses for over 28 years. I’ve had a number of winners. I cannot recommend the Costin Horseshoes enough.

"I will definitely never go back to steel horseshoes."

Tony Perkins of Beaudesert, QLD, Professional Horse breaker/Farrier

I have been breaking horses professionally for twenty years and have started broken in over 2000 horses in Australia and abroad in that time. I have more recently been working with a master farrier improving my skills in shoeing horses, which is the trade that goes hand in hand with educating and training young horses.

I was introduced to Steve Costin’s horseshoes some months ago.

One of the main benefits of Steve Costins shoes is that they are easy and convenient to use. As I deal mostly with young horses it is great to have shoes that are quick and easy to just clip on and nail in. As they are made from polyurethane you no longer have to use an anvil which cuts down the noise levels enormously. This makes for a more comfortable experience, especially for young horses which can get upset from the noise of having steel shoes nailed in. Not having to use an anvil not only saves on time but stops the need to constantly be lifting the horses leg up and down. It takes me about half the time to shoe a horse with Steve Costins shoes as opposed to using steel shoes.

I highly recommend the Costin Horseshoe. I think it is going to change shoeing horses worldwide.

"I highly recommend the Costin Horseshoe. I think it is going to change shoeing horses worldwide."

Mark Palmer of Beaudesert, QLD, Racehorse trainer

I have been a horse trainer for over 30 years.

I have found the Costin Horseshoe to be very good for any horse with any jarring or joint or tendon problems.

The shoes sit well and wear well.

I have previously tried other plastic shoes but they weren’t much good on wet grass. The horses skated on them. The Costin Horseshoes have much better grip.

I am currently training a horse Sacromonte and I recently arranged for it to be shod with the Costin Hroseshoes. It was jarring up. After being shod with the Costin Horseshoes there has been a noticeable difference in him. He is tracking beautifully. He won his last jump-out easily and shows no sign of any jarring.

I have found the Costin Horseshoes just as durable as steel shoes.

I definitely recommend the Costin Horseshoe for any horse with any jarring issues or horses that are not sound.

I also think the Costin Horseshoe is good for any horse as they would stop problems occurring.

I have no hesitation in recommending the Costin Horseshoe.

"I have no hesitation in recommending the Costin Horseshoe."

Roy Franklin of Kempsey NSW, Racehorse trainer

I am a registered thoroughbred racehorse trainer in New South Wales. I have trained trotting horses for 20 years and trained gallopers for the last 10 years in Queensland and New South Wales.

I wanted to try the Costin Horseshoe on a three year old unraced gelding of mine, Rapid Frost. While in training the horse kept going sore in its front legs.

Almost instantly the horse improved wearing the Costin Horseshoe. He was no longer sore.

I ran him on grass and sand and found the shoes have plenty of grip.

After 6 weeks I put the horse out for a spell but there was hardly any wear on the shoes.

The other advantage of the shoe is that they are easy to fit. You don’t need an anvil. Just fit them to the hoof and nail them on and file to foot. They don’t bend out of shape. Whilst I have been shoeing horses for years I am not a farrier but I had no problem fitting these shoes.

I have a number of horses in work. When the Costin Horseshoes come on to the market I have no hesitation in saying I will be training all my horses with the Costin Horseshoe and won’t be going back to steels or aluminium plates.

I think these shoes will be great for young horses and could help them not going shin sore. I will be very interested in trying them on some of my youngsters.

"Almost instantly the horse improved wearing the Costin Horseshoe. He was no longer sore."

Derryn Nichols, Eventing Horse Trainer

Te Miro Equestrian, Cusack Lane, Jimboomba QLD

I am an Eventing Horse Trainer and have been using Costin Horseshoes over several months.

They were recommended to me by my local vet.

I have found the Costin Horseshoes amazing.

The shoes have actually brought one horse out of lameness.

When I ride Caesar he is much lighter and freer in his paces. And when I’ve been jumping him on grass the shoes have amazing grip. It’s like having a tyre tread on him. I don’t have to work half as much setting him around corners.

I notice after the Costin Horseshoes were fitted that the horse’s gate showed significant improvement.

I am currently training 15 horses in eventing.

I’ve got another horses, Saffron, that had not been shod in 8 years. He’s got hard black feet but becomes very tender on stones. But with the Costin Horseshoes he no hobbles, his improvement has been tremendous. He did step very short but he no longer does that in dressage. He now tracks up from behind.

I use the horse for a lot of show jumping and it is important for a horseshoe to have good grip. The Costin Horseshoe has the best grip of any shoe I have used. I feel much safer with them on my horse. They are a lot better than steel shoes. The Costin Horseshoe is also lighter and more flexible than steel shoes.

Steel shoes don’t move but the Costin Horseshoe is moulded to the horse’s hoof. There is not as much jarring for the horse when wearing the Costin Horseshoe.

I’m also surprised at how quickly a horse can be shod using the Costin Horseshoe. You just clip them on and nail them in. They are very cost effective.

I love them!

"I notice after the Costin Horseshoes were fitted that the horse’s gate showed significant improvement."