April 2015 - Propads
Written by Press Release
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 22:41

Pads provide shock absorption plus frog support for shod horses.

Propads are dual-purpose polyurethane hoof pads that provide shock absorption and frog support to a shod horse. Propads fill the void between the frog and the ground, giving horses the function and feeling of being barefoot while wearing a shoe.

Frog function is crucial not only for weight distribution, but also for overall health and wellness. When you put shoes on a horse, you elevate the hoof, deactivating the frog to some extent. The patented accordion-like frog support featured in Propads allows the frog to regain proper function and ground contact. The horse’s weight is then appropriately distributed across the entire foot and the frog acts as a pump, promoting healthy blood flow and hoof growth.

Propads come in three different levels of support: Support, Support Soft and Xtra Soft, with the latter two styles featuring dual-density polyurethane displayed by orange and black material. All three styles support the bony column, reduce stress to the laminae and wall, and reduce pressure to the joints and ligaments.

“Propads have proven to be a vital training aid for the racing industry, specifically harness racing. Many top trainers are using the Propad in order to promote healthy hoof growth and maintain soundness through the heavy training schedule these young horses endure to get to the starting gate,” says Conny Svensson, farrier for Harness Racing Hall of Fame inductee Jimmy Takter.

Professional farrier Stephen Teichman has worked on the highest caliber three-day eventing horses, many of which have been Olympic competitors. His clientele have taken him to the last five Olympic Games. He reports that he has been using Propads for the past year and has seen excellent results.

“They provide a simple and effective way to shift the load from the walls and heels to the frog in a very natural manner,” says Teichman. “We have even used these effectively on horses that have sustained PIII fractures! Not something you would normally try, but they assisted in bringing this particular horse back to work sooner and sounder.”

Extremely versatile, Propads can be used with any open heel shoe, making it ideal for all disciplines and breeds. They can be left intact and used with packing material, or they can be cut and used as a rim pad with added frog support. Incomparable in durability, Propads provide multiple resets for most horses. Their one flaw, according to Teichman, is they last too long.

Razerhorse is a hoof care company that promotes better health and performance through science and technology. Razerhorse products are designed to mimic the natural function of the hoof while providing the protection needed for today’s performance horses. Razerhorse currently offers two products: the Razer horseshoe, a tempered tool steel shoe that allows the hoof to flex like a bare foot, and the Propad described above.

 


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