Packing & Nailing EponaShoe
Some Hints for Best Success with the EponaShoe
- Trim the foot flat. We get the best results when the hoof wall is flat in a plane all the way around the foot and contacts the EponaShoe.
- Mix (by hand) equal parts of the packing components. While you’re at it, liberally sprinkle in some of the “granules” – they will keep any bacteria or fungus to a minimum (and they are quite gentle to the sole).
- Get a foot-sized piece of a paper towel ready. Place the packing in around the frog, filling spaces that might normally be filled with dirt or mud. See figure 1. Ideally, you only fill up to the level of the heel points of the trimmed hoof. You don’t want a bulge under the foot – just an even surface across the heel-points and frog. Then place the paper towel over the sole, and let the horse stand on it. This totally flattens the packing. See figure 2.
- Pull the paper towel off the horse’s foot to be ready for nailing. If need be, you can trim the packing (to flatten a bulge) with your hoof knife so the shoe fits up against the packing and the hoof walls at the same level.
Figure 1: Apply packing around frog
Figure 2: Let the horse stand to flatten the packing.
Figure 3: Ready for nailing. Note packing may or may not extend over the sole where the heart-shaped opening is in the shoe. Our packing “breathes” a bit, and with the granules added it will not make the sole soft or moist. The granules also include a desiccant (drying agent).
- We recommend the use of Mustad MX-60 nails for typical sizes (00 thru 2) and E-type nails for the larger sizes ( 3 thru 5), and MX-50 or MX-55 for our smallest 000 sizes. This is what we find works best for us -- other nail types are probably fine too.
- While not generally required, for highly athletic pursuits, we suggest using the ‘furthest back’ set of nail holes. This helps to minimize any tendency for the shoe to ‘flip-flop’ off the heel. For many uses, if you prefer to use the 2nd-to-last nail holes, that will be fine.
- Don’t go out of your way to set the nails in any deeper than they naturally go with the last blow of your hammer. Just below the tread is fine. See figure 4 below.
- For more on nailing, click here.
Figure 4: The top of the head of the nail is just below the tread level. The last hit with the hammer will get it there, and clinching may “pull it in” a little deeper. It is not recommended to drive it in further than this. No special tool is needed. Take a little care when beginning your clinch so you don’t ‘push the nail back out’.