Ever since the horses became a part of our livelihood since the past time, these magnificent creatures have done a magnificent job. However, it was apparent that their feet was wearing thin, quite literally, with time; hence the shoes were introduced.

Today, there are two major types of equine shoes – the metallic and the non-metallic. In making a choice between these two types, a number of factors need to be considered. The bigger picture can be divided into two major areas such as the characteristics of the shoes and the characteristics of the animals; it is essential to find the common ground between these if you want to ensure that the creatures do not end up hurting themselves.

The metallic ones are clearly stronger and durable. But there is the risk of rusting that can arise if they are iron shoes, not the steel horseshoes. On the flip side, the plastic or the non-metallic ones are less durable, but are easy to even fix in. Materialistically speaking, the weight is lesser in the non-metallic ones, compared to the metallic ones.

  • How old is the creature?

The hoof and the whole anatomical features in the context of the legs change overtime in horses just as much as the humans. If the horse owners were deliberately making them wear metallic shoes hindering the natural growth, the long-term effect would be, obviously negative, and extremely hard to reverse. Hence, it is always mindful to consider the age and the growth rate of the creature when choosing shoes. Because the last thing you want is to damage a colt before they become stallions with might.

  • Does it have any foot deformations?

Even if the horses grow up, some end up hoof, or foot, deformations. The straightforward problem in this context is that, no matter how much they were physically fit, the hoof will not have the necessary components to hold the shoe. This is when non-metallic glue on shoes come into play. With an option like this, you would be able to induce a duplicate hoof which in turn helps you to either leave it like that or use that to nail in the shoes. Ultimately, it is essential the creatures’ deformations are not neglected when shoes are nailed on to for a better comfort.

  • What sort of activities they are used for?

The role of the horse shoe of a racing horse will be extremely different from that of a circus horse. Considering that philosophy, you need to consider the typical nature of the grounds, the frequency and the types of activities that the creatures are used for. If a racing horse had non-metallic shoes, the durability would be extremely least, and if a circus horse had metallic ones, the smooth and clear ground will be scratched beyond recognition. Hence, this connects us to the most important aspect of this list; the functionality – an aspect that is typically disregarded until the consequences are being handled.

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