We’ve been thinking about horse hooves all wrong, according to Austrian company Megasus.
By some accounts, iron horse shoes have been around since well before 1,000 A.D.Nailing the shoes into the hooves was thought to be an effective practice because, until recently, it was believed that the hoof was rigid and unable to move vertically when pounding the pavement. That’s simply not the case. Permanent hoof protection through the use of materials like iron can restrict natural movement. It’s similar to going two months without cutting your toenails, according to Megasus.
Enter the Horserunner: A non-permanent, shock absorbent horse shoe that allows for a greater range of hoof movement. The plastic shoe clips on and off so horses can strengthen their hooves and tendons by walking barefoot occasionally.
Founder Charly Forstner is a former animal welfare inspector who was responsible for protecting horses in Styria, Austria. After learning that most horses are put down due to hoof and leg complications, he came up with Horserunners. The invention allows horses to keep their natural hoof shape while also giving them the flexibility to only wear shoes when they need them.
Via : countryliving