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  • Remuda shoes must be shaped before drilling and tapping or all bolt holes will not line up.

  • If your horse has an unusual shaped foot, we need a drawing of your horse's trimmed feet or shaped steel, including where you want the steel heel to end.

  • If 5/16" threaded holes get damaged, you can use a 5/16" drill bit followed by a 3/8" tap, and then use a 3/8" bolt.

  • When Remuda Shoes were first introduced we used allen head bolts. Recently we have switched to the use 1/2" hex head bolts. Please indicate your preference when ordering.

Cleaning out Mud from Bolt Holes: Many horses are kept in pasture. Remuda tire bolt mounting holes will fill with dirt or mud. Time spent cleaning dirt from holes can be shortened by buying 1/2" inside diameter heater hose from Remuda Tire Company or an automotive store. Cut hose at 1-1/4" lengths with nippers. Push them into tire mounting holes and put them out to pasture. To clean, just pop out with a flat blade screw driver.
Forging and Interfering: Remuda Tires can be mounted to Remuda steel shoes solving a variety of problems. If your horse forges (hind foot hits the front foot) you can mount front tire just slightly back from the front edge of steel to quicken breakover time. Mount hind tire slightly forward to delay breakover time. If your horse interferes, you can mount tire in from the edge of the steel to get the necessary clearance.
Rotate Tires Side to Side: Some horses wear tires unevenly. If the tire wears more on the outside you can rotate tires laterally to extend tire life without removing the steel.
Preventing Bolt Head Breakage: Replace tires before tire is worn down to the bolt head to prevent breakage. If bolt heads do become damaged, remove as many bolts as you can, and then peel tire over bolt (this will take some strength). Sometimes shoe pullers get the required leverage. Once the tire is removed, use vise-grips to turn bolt out.
Extending the Life of Steel Shoes: Our draft horse shoes are punched for #7 city head. Nails will become loose after several resets. Try #8 city head nails and after several resets, try #8 E-Head nails or #9 slim nails. Nails must be tight in steel to minimize hoof wall damage. Most farriers use #6 nails on shoe sizes 0-3.

Losing Shoes: If you are losing shoes, consider the following:

  • Do not blame the farrier first!

  • Is it just one horse or all your horses?

  • Find lost shoe. If the toe clip is straight and the nails are not broken, the horse has caught the toe clip on something and pulled the shoe off. Check environment for cause.

  • If nails are breaking on hind only, you may need to have double clips (10 and 12) instead of one clip at 12.

  • You should nail in white line. Shoes may not be punched deep enough.

  • If shoes become loose, the horse may be past due for trimming or nail holes may be worn allowing excess nail movement. Trim hoof and check steel for worn nail holes.

  • Try a bigger nail, rebuild the steel, or replace the steel so nails are tight.

  • Hoofs expand and shrink due to weather conditions, etc. Loose shoes may be due to hoofs that have shrunk due to dry conditions.

Traction and Footing: Remuda Tires are designed to give the horse accptable traction on hard or paved surfaces that are dry or wet. Remuda Tires provide no traction on "glazed over" or ice covered surfaces. To prevent horses from falling or injuring themselves due to loss of footing on ice, use Remuda Tires with borium. Borium plugs are hammered into the bolt mounting holes. They can be removed and reused often, lasting many years. As borium wears down, add more to the cleats or again the horse will lodse traction. To remove ice cleats use horse shoe pull offs or a screwdriver. Remuda ice cleats are intended to be used as a temporary, or limited (few weeks) solution. Horses that live constantly in icy conditions would probably be better off wearing steel shoes with borium or drill tex during those icy months, and Remuda Tires the rest of the year.

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