Save a Shoe

Have a per­pet­ual shoe-puller? Here’s a so­lu­tion.

Horse & Rider - - Practice Pen - By Dana Avila, With Jen­nifer Paul­son

An ath­letic horse can over­reach with his hind foot, clip­ping the front foot. This can lead to pulled shoes, which are in­con­ve­nient but pre­ventable with this tap­ing method. Be­fore you use this tap­ing tech­nique in com­pe­ti­tion, be sure to check the rules for the or­ga­ni­za­tion you’re show­ing un­der. Us­ing tape in this man­ner is le­gal in Na­tional Rein­ing Horse As­so­ci­a­tion and Amer­i­can Quar­ter Horse As­so­ci­a­tion com­pe­ti­tion.

Be­fore you start, clean your horse’s feet to re­move any de­bris from the out­side of your horse’s front feet that might in­ter­fere with the tape. You can use duct tape for the base, but I pre­fer pipe tape. It doesn’t fray like duct tape and sticks bet­ter. Elec­tri­cal tape placed on top of the pipe tape gives a fin­ished look.

STEP 1: GIVE A SPIN

STEP 2: LAY THE TAPE

STEP 3: DOU­BLE- BACK

A nice, fl at-footed walk on a loose rein is what you want from your horse out on the trail. I’ll show you how to cure pesky jig­ging.

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