Hoof Preparation Guidelines See Shoe Preparation

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1. Trimming procedure  

When trimming the foot, please make sure that only excess sole and frog material is removed, as the frog, the outside wall and the sole are used as a further supporting part of the hoof and shoeing. Therefore the frog should only be cut back far enough to allow the bridge of the shoeing to rest on the frog. If poor hoof quality does not allow such a treatment, special attention should be given to the development of a full and healthy frog within a few months so that weight bearing can be accepted again.
Doing so, blood circulation and consequently horn growth are stimulated. Please note that the outer wall of the supporting edge should form a right angle to the shoeing. Please note that the outer wall of the shoeing should cover the whole hoof completely. It is often observed that the heels become wider when shoeing with EquiFlex® for the first time. Consequently the hoof requires earlier treatment than usual during the first shoeing period.

2. Sizing adjustments  
EquiFlex® is currently available in the sizes 00 and 01, 03 front and hind, 04 front and hind and 05, which can either be used front or hind. All sizes are furnished with three clips, one toe clip and two side clips. The clips which are not required can be easily cut off. By using a bridge and a double bridge, the horseshoe can easily be adjusted to all different hoof sizes. Select the shoeing and bridges in such a way that they jut out by about 2 mm at the widest part of the hoof.

3. Applying the bridge system  
It was found that utilizing the bridge system adds extra integrity to the rear of the shoe. The bridge system consists of two parts: the bridge and the double bridge. Select the size of the bridge as mentioned above and fit in the bridge together with a special double bridge (look at Shoe Preparation).

4. Screwing the bridges together  

After having fitted in the bridges, screw them together by using 6 special screws. Please take care not to overtighten the screws as this will strip the threads in the plastic horse shoe.

5. Marking the nail holes  

In case the white line cannot be easily recognised through the transparent EquiFlex® horseshoe, it is suggested to mark the white line prior to nailing. Then mark the nail holes with a suitable pencil.


6. Pre-drilling the nail holes  

Pre-drill the holes by means of a 2 - 3 mm drill.

7. Nailing the horseshoe  

Please take into consideration that the nails must be driven about 5 mm deeper for EquiFlex® shoeing, as the nails are required to stand a higher transverse force than conventional steel shoeing. We recommend M and VF nails as their bigger heads provide solid fit in the shoe. In general, it is suggested to use 6 nails.

8. Driving the nails into the shoeing  

The nails have to be driven deep into the shoeing so that they are secured well. The special nail puncher developed by CERA guarantees solid fit in the shoe. The CERA nail puncher is available upon request.

9. Clinching the nails  

After nailing and setting the nails, position the hoof on the finishing stand, bend the bent or twisted off nails to 90 degrees, cut to length and finish as normal, making sure not to puch the nail back down into the hoof (easily accomplished after finishing a few nails)

10. Finishing the foot  

When finishing the foot, it is no problem to adjust the horseshoe to fit any individual hoof shape by rasping, cutting or grinding.