Continental knows a thing or two about traction, grip and vibration control. And one of its latest innovations, the direct result of a collaboration with German firm Turfcord GmbH, is helping ensure grip and smooth ride over rough terrain.
After years of design collaboration, Continental's ContiTech unit introduced a rubber-based horseshoe designed to offer better protection for the horse, while also making the jobs of farriers a little bit easier.
The Turfcord shoe doesn't reduce a horse's gait or stride length, but it does protect the hoof in ways that traditional metal horseshoes can't, according to ContiTech. The shock-absorbing turfcord shoe also helps to reduce the strain on the horse's joints.
Because traditional metal horseshoes are attached using special nails, the process of applying the shoe can be stressful for the horse and may damage the horny layer of the hoof. Metal horseshoes also prevent the hoof from growing healthily during the time that the horseshoe is worn, according to ContiTech.
Turfcord is attached using a special adhesive, and farriers can apply the shoe during regular trimming sessions, ContiTech said. The old shoes are removed gently using pincers and a rasp.
The adhesive allows the turfcord horseshoe to remain affixed to the horse's hoof for as many as eight weeks.