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Five Degrees of Freedom
November 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Equine Fusion team always put horse health and safety first. To make sure our animal friends are comfortable and stay healthy we have developed some principles for our jogging shoes to live up to. We call them the Five Degrees of Freedom.

  1. Downwards – The need for dampening (sink into the contact surface/use entire hoof area)
  2. Forward – The need for slide/strike movement (just the right amount of grip)
  3. Sideways – (outwards both sides at the heel) – the need to secure natural blood flow and dampening
  4. Torsion – the need for the hoof to twist freely at contact with the ground
  5. Take the jogging shoe on/off – only use when needed


Why are the Five Degrees of Freedom important?

To give balance and stability since every horse land differently depending on surface and gait.
To enable natural hoof functionality and promote soundness of the horse.
To give the rider the freedom of choice to use a hoof protection when needed.
The five freedoms play an important role in both horse and rider safety, connecting you with your horse from the ground up.

How can the Equine Fusion Jogging Shoe help ensuring that the Five Degrees of Freedom are met?

Renate Weller, professor at the Royal Veterinary College in London, has done research on lameness in horses. The research showed that 80 percent of horse lameness is located in the foot. This shows how important Equine Fusions focus on hoof health is. Our soles are made out of rubber. Rubber is a formable material, which makes it possible for the hoof to expand and sink into the sole when the hoof lands, as well as utilize the entire area under the hoof. This encourages blood flow and circulation in the horse’s hooves.

In 2016, Equine Fusion partnered up with Professor Lars Roepstorff and The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences to complete a testing program using the Orono Biomechanical Surface Tester. The test compared our jogging shoes to other alternative hoof boot designs as well as steel shoes. The tests showed that our All Terrain sole reduced the maximum loads on the hoof at the early landing phase better than any other object tested.

The five freedoms make up an important framework for Equine Fusion while working on making the best hoof boots possible. Your horses are depending on the riders to keep their hooves healthy, and we are here to help your four-legged friends remain happy and performing horses!

Read more about the testing here: http://eqfusion.com/key-features-testing-summary/

References:

What do shoes do? – Effect of farriery on locomotor biomechanics (65 pages, presentation 12.11.2016)
Renate Weller – Drmedvet, PhD, MscVetEd, FHEA, MRCVS, ACVSMR
Professor of Comparative Imaging and Biomechanics – The Royal Veterinary College

Winter is Coming – How to Install the Studs from our Stud Kit on Your Jogging Shoes
October 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

Winter is approaching fast and temperatures are dropping as we speak. Some of you might experience icy and snowy roads during the winter. Slippery roads are a safety hazard. But don’t you worry! We are here to help. Keeping horse and rider safe has top priority at Equine Fusion.

We provide stud kits for installing in the jogging shoes’ soles to keep our four-legged friends on their feet. This will keep them safe and happy, even on slippery winter roads. We offer two different sets of stud kits: Basic and All Terrain.

The Basic stud kit is made for our Ultra and Ultimate models and provides smaller studs. We recommend using our additional dampening pads to keep your horse comfortable due to the thickness of the mentioned soles. The All Terrain stud kid can be used on the All Terrain and All Terrain Ultra models, and it is optional to use the dampening pads because these soles are thicker.Get in touch with one of our dealers if you need the kit or the dampening pads.

Install the stud kit as follows:

1. To start, you need the shoes, stud kit with the tool (bits) for installing and a power drill.

2. Install the tool in an electric power drill.

3. Insert one stud into the tool

4. Align the cutting edge of the stud with the center point of the rubber stud in the shoe

5. Press the stud firmly into the shoe while using the power drill to rotate the stud inside the shoe. It’s important to use slow rotation.

6. Stop when the upper edge of the stud is flush with the rubber. It’s important to sink the head of the stud into the sole. The tool itself should also sink into the shoe when the stud is installed.

7. Repeat until the recommended number of studs are installed in the shoe. This depends on the shoe size. This information is provided in the flyer that comes with the stud kit.

8. Tip: Prepare a hole before screwing the stud by using a 3-4 mm drill to make a hole.

When the winter is over, you can remove the studs and continue to use the jogging shoes without the studs.

We used the studs on a frozen lake in Norway.

Last but not least we have to bring you back to our previous blog post, where we wished Rita and her horse Obeyah good luck in their upcoming World Championship for Juniors and Young riders in Endurance. This time around we want to congratulate Rita and Obeyah with their great performance last month. They successfully finished the 120 km long race. The rider and the horse were in great shape. Finishing as number 33 out of almost 100 participants, Rita was pleased with

both her own and Obeyah’s great performance. Congratulations to Rita and her team!

 

The result list from World Championship for Juniors and Young riders in Endurance:
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