Abstract: A heel counter inserted in a horse boot connects the heel of the hoof to the front of the upper of the boot with straps folded and secured over the upper. As a result, the hoof cannot slide backward as it moves within the boot during use, thereby avoiding breakover shift. Hook and loop fasteners are used to secure wrapping sections of the upper to each other and the heel counter straps to the wrapping sections.
Abstract: A horseshoe with clips, blister member for a clip, and a method of applying a shoe to a horse's hoof. Using a blister member over each of a pair of upward extending clips attached to the outer side of a horseshoe and attaching the blister member to the shoe and the horse's hoof, adhesive is inserted into the blister to adhere each clip to the hoof wall thereby retaining the horseshoe on a horse's hoof.
Abstract: A horseshoe that has vertical metallic retaining-clips to deter dislodging of the horseshoe after installation uses a safety feature: a protective safety cap to cover the open end of each retaining-clip. The safety cap comprises a sheath that is tightly fastened to the corresponding retaining clip. The safety cap has an extended inside axial length that is longer than the vertical height of its corresponding retaining-clip whereby, if a dislodged or uninstalled horseshoe having the retaining-clips is stepped on by a horse-hoof, the extended axial length of the cap folds on itself and prevents the vertical retaining-clip from causing a penetrating injury to the hoof-underside. The safety cap could be closed at its top or open fully/partly and comprises plastic material that is flexible but tough. Preferably the safety cap is fastened to the corresponding retaining clip by riveting. Alternatively, the safety cap may be glued to the retaining clip.
Abstract: A nailess horse shoe having a cup shaped configuration open at the rear part, molded of flexible plastics or polyurethyne material having a forwardly extending slot shaped opening in the bottom. A sponge rubber sole is provided on the lower surface on the bottom of the shoe and clamping or tightening members in the form of rod members extend between the lateral side walls and are provided with tightening nuts to draw the lateral side walls towards each other into clamping engagement onto the horse's hoof. A sock is insertable between the hoof and the inner surface of the shoe and a device for attaching weights is provided on the front of the shoe.
Abstract: A horseshoe including an upper shoe member for attachment to a horse's hoof and having a latch recess, an intermediate body member having a latch tongue for engagement with the latch recess to secure the intermediate body member to the upper shoe member, and a lower shoe member adapted to be secured to the bottom surface of the body member. In a preferred form of the invention, the body member includes at least two cavities with separate inlets thereto for receiving fluent weight material.