Ollov Softstep Rubber Horseshoe – SOLD IN PAIRS
Comfort – Health – Safety – Performance
These rubber shoes have a core of steel and can be shaped and processed almost just like a regular steel shoe. Due to the rubber in the side, they respond a little differently to a steel shoe but this only takes a bit of getting used to.
It will be considerably easier to shape the Ollov shoe with a heavier hammer, around 1.1 – 1.2kg
To flatten the shoe
Because of the rubber, the shoes have to be worked on both the hoof side and the ground side. After shaping the shoe, the rubber on both sides may have cracks and look damaged. This however does not mean the shoe will break or the rubber will come off, it only has an aesthetic impact. The rubber is very durable and can even be removed on the sides.
The nail holes are intentionally made longer and the way they lock the nail is different to regular steel shoes. It also allows you to use differenct angles when placing your nails to avoid damaged hoof areas. Many types of nail will work well. If you are unsure what nail type to use, we recommend an E-type, REG or RN nail.
To countersink the nails
PLEASE MAKE SURE TO COUNTERSINK THE NAIL ALL THE WAY INTO THE STEEL. This can be done using a clinch gauge, the pritchel of a clinch cutter or simply a bolt of the right size.
When you clinch the nails using your clencher, you will not be able to support the nail head as you are used to. Please be careful to reach the countersunk nail and support it while clenching. A modified clencher with a pin makes this easier but can be done with a regular clencher by finding the right angle.
Snow soles are typically not needed in these shoes as the snow does not usually stick to the rubber.
Please note that some horses may stumble a little in the first few days but very quickly get used to the new feel.