Studs (also called calks, caulks, and plugs) for horseshoes are available in many different shapes and sizes. They are like football cleats for horses, designed to provide better traction for the horse. There are many factors to consider when deciding what studs (if any) you should use with your horse on various occasions. Ground conditions, weather conditions, experience of the horse, skill of the rider, the type of horse activity to be performed (recreational riding, dressage test, stadium jumping, cross country/three day event, endurance, etc.), and the importance of the ride/competition to the rider will all come into play when making decisions.
This booklet contain tidbits of information that you may find helpful. The primary sources of information were the opinions and experiences of numerous riders, trainers, farriers, and others involved in the horse industry. The best ideas tended to be offered by several different people. Various ideas that appear to be not-so-good (might cause harm in some situations) have also been heard. The not-so-good ideas tended to come from single sources, or at least from fewer sources.
Written by Malcolm E. Kelley.
Paperback: 25 pages
Publisher: Kelley Equestrian Products
Condition: Good - cover is worn, pages still in pristine condition (no yellowing or dog-earring)