Yes, you can shoe your horses as often as you do with steel horseshoes.
They are not more slippery than steel and riders report that they find the Costin shoe is less slippery.
The Costin is as durable as steel and wear just as well.
No. We have priced them competitively when compared with steel and aluminium and they are significantly less expensive than other plastic shoes.
No. The common term for the material the shoes are made of is plastic. However, they are actually manufactured from polyurethane which is very durable and nails won’t come out.
Yes. The shoe has been designed for nail only, glue only or combination of nail and glue.
Yes. The Costin Horseshoe is flexible so it does not restrict the natural movement of the foot and as such it allows natural growth. In comparison, steel shoes act like a cast on the hoof.
Absolutely yes! The fitting process is much simpler and easier than fitting steel shoes and you don’t even need an anvil. Instructional videos are available which detail the process.
Yes. As the Costin Horseshoe is made from polyurethane, if the horse does pull a shoe, the clip is less likely the penetrate the hoof compared with steel.
Currently only available in black, but please give us your feedback in regard to other colours to consider for the future.
We emphasise that the Costin Horseshoe has been designed and developed to make a good horse even better. It’s not an orthopaedic shoe or designed for laminitic horses but is a polyurethane horseshoe with unique features (patent pending) to replace steel and aluminium horseshoes. And assist with the impact of jarring and vibration.
In regards to particularly shin soreness, consider what damage a horse suffers as a result of vibration and jarring in the early stages of work and how this damage must surely reduce their competing or racing life.
Now consider this – if you do have a good racehorse that is able to win races, how much longer will it be able to race and how many more races will it be able to win, if you simply change to using the Costin Horseshoe?
What stops most first time starters and two year olds getting to early races is shin soreness. Many of these races are won by the soundest horse not the fastest. The Costin Horseshoe offers significant benefits to enable young horses to get to the track and compete in early races.
The design features of the Costin Horseshoe have a significant effect on preventing shin soreness, which reduces the costs associated with spelling due to shin soreness and the disappointment faced by trainers and owners when their horses are not in a position to race.
Steve Costin has first-hand experience of horses that did not want to move forward and were showing behavioural problems, which he deduced was likely a result of sore feet or legs from jarring. When he shod them with Costin Horseshoes, they immediately improved. Initially, these results were quite unbelievable to both Steve and the horse owners. But after seeing it occur time after time, he knew it was a benefit of the Costin Horseshoe. As mentioned several times on this website, the damage a horse suffers as a result of vibration and jarring in the early stages of work and how this damage must surely reduce their competing or racing life.
No. You select a bigger shoe than the hoof, and dress the shoe to fit the hoof.
Read the instructions on our Product Information page and watch the Sizing video. You measure the width of the hoof and refer to the size chart. If in between sizes, select the larger size and you can easily cut off the excess material during the fitting process.
Wider shoes step tearing of the lamina and provide protection for the sole against rocks and sharp objects. The additional coverage provides greater sole pressure and keeps the hoof suitably convexed.
We emphasise that the Costin Horseshoe has been designed and developed to make a good horse even better. It’s not an orthopaedic shoe or designed for laminitic horses but is a polyurethane horseshoe with unique features (patent pending) to replace steel and aluminium horseshoes. And assist with the impact of jarring and vibration. However, we have many reports that the shoes have assisted some horses in their recovery from laminitis as they provide greater support for the sole.
Steve Costin advises that in the early stages of laminitis, he would probably use conventional methods as the issue is in the foot and would be helped by raising the heel to ease pain.
We recommend that you always be guided by your veterinarian and farrier who are best placed to advise on your individual horse’s condition.