Jogging Shoe – The Story Behind
The company was founded when a dedicated horse owner had a horse that always seemed uncomfortable, and despite of veterinary checks and treatment it never seemed to get better.As a last resort the traditional metal shoes were removed.
Horses often get sore and uncomfortable when metal shoes are first removed as the hooves have to go through a rehabilitation period. Without additional protection the wear of the hoof can exceed the growth, causing sore hooves.
This horse was in need of a shoe that did not put any restriction on the biomechanical function of the hooves. Equine Fusion was founded in order to develop a shoe that would work with the anatomy of the hoof, safeguardthe natural balance, stability, cushioning, blood flow and rollover motion.
The goal was to make a shoe that could give hoof protection in the most natural and comfortable manner for the horse. The result was the Jogging Shoes which were developed by a dedicated multi-skilled team consisting of Engineers in cooperation with Veterinarians, renowned horse trainers, hoof trimmers and experts in shoe material and construction.
The key features of these shoes are to give the horse comfort and the rider ease of mind through a flexible shoe that works with the hoof giving it support, cushioning and grip. The shoe conforms to the individual hoof and ground surface (sink in and allow for movement sideways/ forward), giving the horse the most natural step possible and allows the horse to feel the ground.
The hoof mechanism works inside the Jogging Shoe (contact between hoof and sole) unlike any other design, and the hoof works independently of the surface friction. This promotes the natural function of the hoof andenhances the horse’s welfare, soundness and performance.
Equine Fusion - Way of thinking
Our goal when developing and promoting flexible and elastic hoof shoes is to enhance the welfare, soundness and performance of the horse.
Equine Fusion products is based on the following statements:--
Selecting the right hoof shoe for different applications, will have great impact on the horse’s welfare, soundness and performance.
A flexible and elastic Jogging Shoe is better for the horse than a hoof shoe or boot made of rigid material.
We believe this will always be the case in the long term and in almost any applications. By rigid material we mean traditional metal (iron) shoes, hoof boots made of hard plastic/ lesser flexible materials and any type of glue-on shoes.
Equine Fusion strongly believe that in most cases a flexible and elastic shoe will be an advantage;
Also there is the obvious advantage by not needing to repeatedly applying nails into the hoof for fastening a traditional iron hoof shoe or fastening by gluing on fixed plastic shoe (damage to the hoof and the horse’s health, in addition it is time/ cost consuming).
The horse's hoof is a dynamic structure that adapts to the ground surface to create perfect balance, stability, cushioning and grip. The Equine Fusion Jogging Shoes are designed to work with the hoof to support this natural function through the flexible, elastic sole and unique fastening systems.
The natural hoof functions in short:
- Carry the horse’s weight
- Feel the surface contact/ interaction
- Ensure sufficient grip
- Resist wear
- Achieve cushioning
- Support blood flow
The Equine Fusion team receiving the Innovation Award for the Performance Jogging Shoe at the Beta International 2013.
The Performance shoe is very easy to fit and the upper and under-sole is flexible, working in harmony with the hoof and not impeding movement or functionality. We felt this hoof shoe would be particularly useful for therapy and rehabilitation.Judges’ comments: