Trimming & Nailing the EponaShoe
Some Hints for Best Sucess with EponaShoe
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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’.