Shape Patents (Class 168/24)
  • Patent number: 10617109
    Abstract: A core for a horseshoe assembly, which is directly mounted beneath a surface of a horse hoof is disclosed. The horseshoe assembly includes a center piece, a solid single first side arm piece and a second solid single side arm piece, wherein the center piece is free from through slots or through holes for nailing to the bottom surface of the horse hoof, and the solid single first side arm piece and the solid single second side arm piece each comprises respective through slots or through holes for optional nailing of nails to the bottom surface of the horse hoof, and the solid single first side arm piece and the solid single second side arm piece are each pivotally coupled to the center piece through a first pivoting region with a first hinge and a second pivoting region with a second hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventors: Lyle Eugene Bergeleen, Frankie Waitim Wong
  • Patent number: 9462797
    Abstract: A horseshoe for attaching to a horse's hoof using an adhesive, such as glue. In one example, the horseshoe includes an elastomeric body containing a wear material, which improves wear and traction performance of elastomeric shoes. In another example, the elastomeric material may include radiopaque materials to improve visibility of the shoe when x-rays are taken of a horse's hoof or leg. In some aspects, the radiopaque material may be blended with the wear material. Or if the radiopaque material exhibits abrasive/gritty qualities, the radiopaque material may also serve as the wear material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Inventor: William J. Kirkpatrick
  • Publication number: 20140231102
    Abstract: A horseshoe having two legs connected by a bridge is disclosed. The bridge includes physical markers provided directly opposite one another in both a support surface and a ground surface. The physical markers function as a guide for cutting through the bridge of the horseshoe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventor: Sam Moerman
  • Patent number: 8186447
    Abstract: Embodiments of this invention include orthotic devices for treating hoof ailments, including laminitis and founder, and methods of treating the hoof ailments using an orthotic. In one embodiment, the hoof orthotic includes a platform having a heel end, a toe end, an inside and an outside edge, the heel end comprising a center section of the platform. The toe end includes a first tip and a second tip having a space therebetween such that the toe end is not enclosed. The platform includes an upper hoof contact surface and a lower surface, the upper surface being elevated at the heel end of the platform and sloping such that the heel end has a greater vertical height than the toe end. The orthotic also includes attachment means that extend vertically from the platform for attaching the orthotic to the animal hoof. The orthotic can be made from a resilient and/or elastomeric material that may also provide cushioning and fitting advantages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Inventor: Robert Clark Osborne
  • Publication number: 20110209883
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a shoe for an animal characterised in that the material for fabrication of the show has properties similar to, or identical to a homogenous block of ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) foam, wherein the type of EVA foam is selected from 190 EVA to 450 EVA.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Inventor: Peter Murray Griffiths
  • Patent number: 7806194
    Abstract: A mechanical shoeing and, more specifically, a shoe which is intended to be mounted to the hoof of a sport horse that comprises: a front central part (3) or toe piece; two side branches (4 and 5) or quarters which extend freely from each side of the front central part, rear end portions (6 and 7) thereof forming heels; and holes (8, 9, 10, 11, and 12, 13, 14, 15) or nail holes which are defined in the side branches (4 and 5) in order to receive nails for fixing to the hoof (2). Moreover, in plan view, the inner hoof-facing surface (2) of each of the side branches (4 and 5) comprises zones (D and E) which belong to the rear end portions (6, 7) or heels and which are flared and, as well, are wider than the side branches (4, 5). In plan view, the inner face of each of the side branches (4 and 5) of the shoe also comprise a zone (A, B) which has a simple curved inner profile and which is narrowed such as to be narrower than zone C of the front central part (3) or toe piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Inventor: Joseph Vaillant
  • Publication number: 20100114155
    Abstract: A support for treating a cloven hoof of an animal including a sole providing elevation, to one toe of a hoof of the animal. A toe securing structure (TSS) is joined to the sole. A foot securing means is connected in one end to the sole, while the other ends of the securing means are fastened together such that the sole is tightly secured to the animal cloven hoof. In another aspect of the present invention, in order to treat hoof disorders such as fungal infection, which typically plague the area between the toes of a cloven hoofed animal, a medical composition is delivered from a bandage. After use, the bandage can be discarded without being touched. The bandage is preferably made of degradable and environment-friendly materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2008
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventor: Itzhak Siani
  • Patent number: 7624811
    Abstract: An the improved horseshoe, characterized in a groove structure in the ground engaging surface of the horseshoe, wherein walls of the groove have a specific angle, width, and angular extension that cooperate to receive, center and form an interlocking engagement with the nails to attach the shoe to the hoof and also, in use, funnel earth into the groove whereby to increase traction of the horseshoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Inventor: Robert W. Coloumbe
  • Publication number: 20090101365
    Abstract: The design of this shoeing system is specifically produced to ensure the maintenance of the breakover function of the hoof. The breakover built into the shoe is specifically produced to ensure the tip of the pedal bone remains the central point of rotation following the addition of a shoe. The dimension of this breakover can be calculated using the following equation: R=A+(B?b)+C. This equation can be used on all horses, all shoes and all terrains offering the trainer/owner/farrier the opportunity to shoe the horse using the most efficient breakover possible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2006
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Inventors: Wayne Turner, Emily Rimmer
  • Publication number: 20090032269
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for applying novel horseshoes to the hoof of a horse comprising the steps of, establishing the apex of the hoof wall curve that defines each lateral side of the hoof wall, and applying a horseshoe to the hoof by aligning the longitudinal mid line of each arm of the horseshoe with the respective apex on each lateral side of the hoof wall and aligning the heels of the horseshoe arms with the caudal part of the central sulcus of the hoof's frog.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Inventors: Eugene D. Ovnicek, David J. Nicholls, Mark S. Spriggs, Michael J. Williams, TFM Head
  • Patent number: 7377329
    Abstract: A horseshoe adapted to be attached to the hoof of a horse comprises a body having a U-shaped configuration, the body including a ground engaging surface, a hoof engaging surface, and a convex outer and a concave inner side wall, the side walls extending between the surfaces, and a continuous sequence of separate wedges in the form of V-shaped projections for improving traction of the horseshoe are integrally formed and extend outwardly from the convex outer side wall. An open sided swedge is provided in the ground engaging surface of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Inventor: Robert W. Coloumbe
  • Patent number: 6802376
    Abstract: A horseshoe with spikes and a method for making the spikes. The horseshoe has a ground engaging surface provided with first and second series of substantially parallel V-shaped grooves. The first series of substantially parallel V-shaped grooves define a first series of axes and the second series of substantially parallel V-shaped grooves define a second series of axes intersecting the first series of axes at an angle, thereby defining a plurality of pyramid-like spikes on the at least one portion of the ground engaging surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2004
    Inventor: Regis Prud'Homme
  • Patent number: 6761224
    Abstract: An equine support pad with integral frog support comprises a flat or wedge pad integrally molded with a frog support. The support pad is open surrounding the triangular frog support to permit cleaning of the hoof. The support pad and frog support are molded from a substantially non compressible material that flexes in response to weight. Thus, the device effectively shifts weight bearing from the hoof wall to the frog while permitting the hoof to breathe and promoting normal blood flow in the foot and affording complete support of the bony column of the digit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Inventor: Myron E. McLane
  • Patent number: 6497293
    Abstract: A horseshoe adapted to be compliant with the expansion and relaxation of the heel areas of a hoof of a horse in motion. The horseshoe consists of a toe area hingedly connected to two heel areas. In the preferred embodiment, the hinges are formed of a resilient material and are tapered from a wide end on the inside of the horseshoe to a narrow end on the outside of the horseshoe. Metal toe and heel inserts are provided as a wear surface for the horseshoe and the toe insert is sufficiently malleable to allow shaping of the horseshoe using typical blacksmithing equipment and tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2002
    Inventor: Gary M. Miller
  • Publication number: 20020189823
    Abstract: A horseshoe adapted to be compliant with the expansion and relaxation of the heel areas of a hoof of a horse in motion. The horseshoe consists of a toe area hingedly connected to two heel areas. In the preferred embodiment, the hinges are formed of a resilient material and are tapered from a wide end on the inside of the horseshoe to a narrow end on the outside of the horseshoe. Metal toe and heel inserts are provided as a wear surface for the horseshoe and the toe insert is sufficiently malleable to allow shaping of the horseshoe using typical blacksmithing equipment and tools.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2001
    Publication date: December 19, 2002
    Inventor: Gary M. Miller
  • Patent number: 6467549
    Abstract: A horseshoe (2) comprising a base portion (4) having a base surface (8), see FIG. 7, which, in use, is adjacent the hoof of a horse, an integral flange portion (6) which projects downwardly from the base portion (4), the flange portion (6) extending substantially along the entire length of the base portion (4), the flange portion (6) comprising, in cross section, first, second, third and fourth portions (30, 22, 18, 34), see FIG.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Inventor: Alistair Donald Lewis
  • Patent number: 6446730
    Abstract: The present invention relates to hoof protection and in particular, to a shoe fabricated from a resilient material. The shoe consists of a raised arcuate member and recessed longitudinal and recessed interconnecting member. A preferred embodiment includes a trim guide for fitting the shoe, a curved leading edge and a recessed frog guard to ensure natural splaying and protection of the hoof during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2002
    Inventors: Todd Watson, Kristy Jo Watson
  • Patent number: 6349773
    Abstract: A stock from which circumferential lengths can be cut to be used as horseshoes, the stock comprising a helical coil of plastics materials wound about an axis such that the cross section of the coil in a plane containing the axis is constant in shape for any such plane and substantially corresponds to the cross section of a horseshoe in the same plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Assignee: Giltspur Scientific Limited
    Inventor: Ernest Fergus Logan
  • Patent number: 6158518
    Abstract: A system and method for selecting a horseshoe for a horse comprises preparing a series of horseshoe sets, each set based on the requirements a horse may have for a specific horseshoe and uses to which a horse may be put. Each horseshoe (20, 30, 40, 50) is a distinctive color (22, 32) and/or pattern (42, 52). The color and/or pattern correlates to the requirements a horse may have for a specific horseshoe and the uses to which the horse may be put. A user determines the particular requirements a horse may have for a specific horseshoe and the uses to which a particular horse will be put, correlates the particular requirement or use to a color and/or pattern and selects a horseshoe or number of horseshoes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Inventor: Robert G. Ridenour
  • Patent number: 6082462
    Abstract: A horseshoe of the present invention taken in combination with a horse's foot imparts a conformance similar to that found in healthy and active horses living in a natural environment. Accordingly, a horseshoe can include an anterior and side concavities. Further, a horseshoe can include segments made of a relatively inflexible material which can be articulated relative to one another about at least one articulation point. The articulation point(s) substantially consist of a relatively flexible material which permits the foot to widen when loaded and enables the horseshoe to be easily fitted.A preferred horseshoe can also include a resilient pad for attenuating shock and vibration. The inclusion of a resilient pad is accomplished without substantially elevating the foot, thus enhancing stability and reducing the potential for injury.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Inventor: Robert M. Lyden
  • Patent number: 6056062
    Abstract: A surgical block for attachment to a healthy claw of a cleft-footed animal is made of a blend of polyvinyl chloride and calcium carbonate. The block has parallel faces which are mirror images of each other. The faces are joined by a planar sidewall extending the full length of the block, and a second side wall having a planar section parallel to the first side wall and a forwardly disposed curved section forming the forward end of the block. A planar end wall is perpendicular to the planar portions of the two side walls. Each of the faces has a plurality of longitudinally extending zigzag grooves to receive an acrylic adhesive to attach the block to the animal's claw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2000
    Inventor: Travis L. Robison
  • Patent number: 5727633
    Abstract: A horseshoe has a closed end toe section provided with a concave depression in its upper surface and a rearwardly and downwardly beveled portion in its lower surface. The concave depression is provided over an area sufficient to avoid contact with the sole of a horse's foot beneath the tip of the coffin bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1998
    Inventor: Eugene D. Ovnicek
  • Patent number: 5566765
    Abstract: Horseshoe device having a squared off toe portion including branches with heel portions in which the front edge of the toe portion is straight or linear across its front. The edge extends under the toe of the hoof an approximate predetermined distance from the hoof toe. An insert grab plate is formed or received in a cavity on the bottom of the shoe such that the ground contact surface thereof is forward of a line extending directly downwardly from the tip of the coffin bone to a line of up to 30 degrees forward and also extending from the coffin bone tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1996
    Assignee: World Wide Horseshoes, Inc.
    Inventor: Eugene D. Ovnicek
  • Patent number: 5421415
    Abstract: A horseshoe stock piece and various complementary pieces provide variety of custom features for horseshoes such as heel calk trailers, trailer calks, calk horseshoes and patent shoes. The stock piece is a horseshoe structure with conventional top or hoof surface, a bottom or ground surface, inner and outer faces, fullering on the ground side, and nail holes within the fullering. The heel end of each arm of the stock piece has a flat, rectangular recess formed in the ground surface face which is from 40%-60% of the depth or thickness of the shoe stock. A transverse groove is formed in the central portion of the recess. The groove has walls which are perpendicular to the surface of the groove and there is a threaded aperture formed in the base of the groove. The foregoing is dimensioned to receive a complementary piece secured in the recess. The complementary piece has a transverse extension or lug extending into the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1995
    Inventor: Wayne Wells
  • Patent number: 5287931
    Abstract: A horseshoe includes a curved part (1a), (1b), (1c) intended to cover from below, in the usual horseshoe manner, the support rim of a hoof upon which the shoe is applied. The shoe is formed of a toe portion (1a) and on either side thereof a side portion (1b) and a tract portion (1c), the shoe further having a transverse portion (2), extending between and secured to the two tract portions (1c), and a longitudinal portion (3) located essentially centrally of the shoe in the longitudinal direction (C--C) thereof and extending between the toe portion of the shoe and the transverse portion, the portions being so arranged and dimensioned that they leave openings (4) between themselves on either side of the longitudinal portion. The portions (1a-c, 2, 3) of the shoe form together an integral material body in one piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 22, 1994
    Inventor: Bjorn H. Eriksson
  • Patent number: 5186259
    Abstract: There is provided by this invention a horseshoe for attachment to a horse's hoof wall. The horseshoe is a generally U-shaped article made of substantially solid material and having a toe section and a pair of arcuate branches with heel areas at the ends thereof, the article having a hoof wall facing side, a ground facing, substantially planar side and a plurality of nail apertures therein for attaching the article to the wall. The top wall facing side has a depression substantially along the entire inside of the shoe and extends inwardly to about half the width of the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1993
    Inventor: Stephen T. Teichman
  • Patent number: 5002133
    Abstract: Horseshoe comprising on a portion of its surface an extra thickness or rib (2) intended to bear on the ground and forming two branches (4) which are spaced apart sideways from each other rearwards. The remaining portion (1) of reduced thickness of the horseshoe extends beyond the branches of the rib, on the one hand, sideways and outwardly (6) and, on the other hand, sideways and inwardly (7), leaving a medial free space (42) between the two branches of the rib, and/or rearwards (8) so as to come in contact, after horseshoeing, both with the wall (52) and with the bars (53), the branches of the rib facing completely the sole (54).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 26, 1991
    Assignee: Nemisis
    Inventor: Jean-Jacques Rybak
  • Patent number: 4721165
    Abstract: Horseshoe device (10) having a squared off toe portion (12) including branches (14,16) with heel portions (18,20) in which the front edge (30) of the toe portion is straight or linear across its front. The edge (30) extends under the toe of the hoof (H) an approximate predetermined distance from the hoof toe. An insert grab plate or calk (70,90) is received in a cavity on the bottom of the shoe such that the contact edge (74,92) is substantially directly below the tip of the coffin bone (C).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1988
    Assignee: World Wide Horseshoes, Inc.
    Inventor: Eugene D. Ovnicek
  • Patent number: 4513824
    Abstract: A screw-on horseshoe formed from a plastic material is disclosed. A flex joint is provided that allows the horseshoe to expand and contract as pressure is applied to the horse's hoof, thereby reducing friction between the hoof and the shoe. The horseshoe also provides a lip portion projecting upwardly from a horseshoe base portion to protect the horse hoof wall from obstacles encountered during the movement of the horse. A novel screw having a double helix thread pattern including a high thread pattern and a low thread pattern is used to fasten the horseshoe to the horse's hoof without piercing the hoof wall. The screw includes a keyed recessed self-holding head that is complementary to, and therefore readily driven by, a power drill. A lightweight, yet wear-resistant, horseshoe that is readily attached to a horse's hoof with a minimum amount of labor and a minimum amount of damage to the hoof that can be constructed in many styles and sizes to match a large variety of horse uses is thus described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1983
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1985
    Inventor: Donald F. Ford
  • Patent number: 4480698
    Abstract: The disclosure concerns a formable cast aluminum alloy horseshoe having an electroless ductile metal coating having a hardness greater than that of the aluminum alloy, such as a coating of phosphorus nickel. This coating increases the wearable life of the aluminum horseshoe for quarter horse racing horses from a few days to almost a month, and its formability without cracking of the coating permits better fitting to varying sizes of hoofs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1983
    Date of Patent: November 6, 1984
    Assignee: Farley Metals, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis J. Reeves
  • Patent number: 4346762
    Abstract: A two part plastics material horseshoe has a relatively flexible plastics strip part of generally L-shaped cross-section, shaped so as to be suitable for adhering to the side wall of a hoof, and a relatively inflexible plastics shoe-part adapted for bonding to the strip-part once the latter has been adhered to the hoof. The two parts are pre-united in the toe region, to set the relative dispostion thereof prior to adhering the strip part to the hoof. Attachment of the strip-part to the hoof is enhanced by providing a liner having a rough texture within the strip-part, and the shoe-part may be affixed to the strip-part by a heat-welding technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1982
    Inventor: Igal Tovim
  • Patent number: 4333532
    Abstract: A flexible horseshoe of a resilient material contoured to fit the hoof as it exists in its natural, untrimmed and unshod state. The shoe is arched along both axes to facilitate flexing and to enable unrestricted movement of the hoof in three dimensions so as to provide superior shock absorbing characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1982
    Inventor: Paul E. Mennick
  • Patent number: 4299288
    Abstract: A lightweight horseshoe has an open sided swedge in the ground surface thereof with a contour which accommodates wear inserts and accessories at selected positions on the shoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1979
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1981
    Inventor: Robert L. Peacock
  • Patent number: 4286666
    Abstract: This invention relates to horseshoes that are adapted to fit snugly against the bottom of the hoof surface of a horse, which are made of an elastomeric material, such as a synthetic rubber, natural rubber, etc., and have a plurality of discrete or continuous recesses of an elongated shaped designed to accommodate nails on the surface facing the ground. Such elongated recesses may also be used to receive a metal plate or sheet on the bottom thereof, and a desired number of openings may be provided on the metal plate. Also the horseshoes may be formed with a plurality of projections extending upwardly from and around the opposite surface to the surface facing the ground for registering and positioning the horseshoes with respect to the bottom surface of the hoof. The extent of elasticity of the elastomeric material for the horseshoes may be selected at option from a range in terms of JIS A 45 to 98.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1979
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1981
    Assignee: Shin Gijutsu Kigyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kisaku Nakanishi
  • Patent number: 4265314
    Abstract: A method of and apparatus for shoeing horses using a plastics material horse shoe. A flexible L-shaped strip, preferably preformed from plastics to fit a hoof, is adhered to the front and side walls of the hoof as well as to the peripheral region of the sole. Then the plastics shoe is adhered to the underside of the strip. The provision of a separate strip allows a satisfactory indirect bond of the shoe to the hoof by using anaerobic, fast-setting adhesives. The strip should be relatively resilient, whereas the shoe should be relatively hard and rigid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1979
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1981
    Inventor: Igal Tovim
  • Patent number: 4253526
    Abstract: A horse shoe is disclosed comprising on its underface intended for engagement with the ground a rib along at least part of its inner edge, made of a plastically deformable material, the rib being formed with an extra thickness extending substantially from the rear third of the horse shoe up to its medium portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1978
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1981
    Inventor: Marcel F. L. Alletrux
  • Patent number: 3957120
    Abstract: A metallic monoblock horseshoe comprising a thick, rectangular in cross-section, inner portion and a thinner peripheral outer portion, the sole of the hoof resting on the inner portion carrying the horse's weight and the outer portion being secured to the crust.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1975
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1976
    Inventor: Alletrux, Marcel Frederic Leopold