A big influence on the surface

'All Weather' conditions will have variations from soft and deep to more firm ground. Consideration needs to be paid as the ground reaction force which can be applied to the hoof / limb may vary greatly, small modifications can be made to help limb alignment and equalise such forces. Surface properties can affect both performance and the risk of injury. One dilemma is that properties that aid “better performance” also increase the load on the horse’s muscular-skeletal system and can increase injury risk.

One example is a surface which is too firm making it easier for the rider to ride fast, and this in itself increases the load on the horse’s limbs. Observations have been made that horses that aren't used to working on a synthetic surface may trip in the beginning until they get used to it.


A wider webbed shoe will help the horse to stay on top of the surface. A rolled toe such as EQ helps break over for horses that are new to the surface. Make sure the surface is well maintained to prevent it from becoming too firm or uneven. 


Get as much information on the expected weather conditions and how soft or firm it is for the horse so you can adjust the shoe accordingly.

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