Trimming & Nailing the EponaShoe

Some Hints for Best Sucess with EponaShoe

  1. Trim the foot flat.  Unless you are going to use glue to “fill in” spaces, we get the best results when the hoof wall is flat in a plane all the way around the foot and contacts the EponaShoe.
  2. We recommend the use of  Mustad MX-60 nails for most sizes (00 thru 2), and E-type nails for the larger sizes (3 thru 5), and finally MX-50 or MX-55 for our smallest 000 sizes.  This is what we find works well, but other nails will probably be OK.
  3. 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.
  4. We suggest the use of our 2-part packing around the frog for support – it also forms a seal with the shoe and no debris will be able to get between the shoe and the back of the foot.
  5. 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 1 below.
  6. For more on nailing, click here

Figure 1: 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’.