Application Of The EponaShoe

An eight-step guide to usage

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Figure 1: Glued on, with two nails set on each side. The bevel starts out quite wide, from the red arrows in A, with the main part of the bevel in the area indicated in B.

This article presents a brief set of guidelines for the best success when applying an EponaShoe.

The use of this shoe is not all that different from conventional metal shoes. It’s not rocket science, but after 10 years of use on horses, we have learned that there are some important differences between how to apply metal and how to apply EponaShoes.

We have distilled those differences down to the following eight points.

1. Set The Shoe Back And Bevel

Figure 1 shows an example of a properly set EponaShoe. The shoe was glued on and set with two nails on each side. Packing was also used.

2. Wall Length And Sole

The EponaShoe helps you avoid peripheral loading because it has a built-in frog support. Through using packing, we can also partially load the sole (or not, depending on how packing is used).

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Figure 2: From small bevel (A) up to large bevel (C) EponaShoe allows you to choose the size of the bevel to achieve your goals. Our advice is that for the average hoof, (B) is the right amount. (A) is too little, and (C) is too much. An “upright” hoof we might use (A), and a long-toe, low-heel horse we might use (C). 

We recommend keeping the excess wall length…

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