At Harnesslink we are constantly keeping our readers up to date with all the developments on the harness racing and breeding side of this industry.
One part of this industry that tends to get overlooked most of the time is the part played by all the companies that supply this industry with the products we use.
So we thought it was time we shone the light on some of those companies and the part they play.
One company that has really come to the fore in recent years is Razerhorse.
Razerhorse was established in Sweden in 2003 by.
Erik was searching for a solution to lameness in one of his racehorses and decided to take a scientific and technology based approach to the problem.
Convinced that shoeing played a major part in lameness and performance, Erik in partnership with Upsala University in Sweden spent years researching the action of the hoof with the help of gait analysis software and high speed video.
Erik came to the conclusion that the design of the shoes should closely mimic every function of a bare footed horse.
The innovative design that Erik came up with allows the horse to balance and move as if it was barefoot yet still protects the hoof from wear.
The horse has a perfect design from nature so the shoes are made to perform with the horses natural characteristics which allows the horse to perform to the best of their ability.
Razerhorse shoes are made from a unique borium tool steel which is tempered during its production to allow flexibility and shape memory.
Specific features include a broad toe and a rounded rim for a smoother slide upon hoof landing and a thinner outer rim to enhance traction and reduce stress during motion.
Naturally all horses are born with a hoof capsule that is split in the heel by the frog which allows the two sides of the hoof to flex in, out, up and down.
A shoe had to be designed to co-exist with this basic function.
Because the shoes are made from this unique flexible tool steel, they do not lock in the hoof capsule and instead allow the hoof capsule to move naturally and flex for optimal health and function.
Jimmy Takter interview, Conny Svensson shoeing standardbred trotting horse
Razerhorse has also designed a pad to work alongside their shoes with the same emphasis on science and technology in its development.
The barefoot hoof of the horse has evolved over time so that the frog and the entire underside of the hoof has full contact with the ground when landing.
Named Propad, the Razerhorse pad has been designed with a flexible frog support to fill the void between the hoof frog and the ground when the horse is shod.
The flexible zone built into the pad allows the center part of the pad (frog support) to follow all the movements of the frog without causing pressure at rest.
The flexible frog supports and extends the frog and works as a shock absorber.
It unloads the hoof wall and improves circulation in the hoof.
The pads are unique in that they give the horse a barefoot feeling when shod.
Razerhorse - Propad
It is no surprise Hall Of Famer Jimmy Takter is an enthusiastic supporter of Razerhorse shoes and pads as his farrier of over twenty years Conny Svensson has been heavily involved in the development of Razerhorse shoes and the Propad.
In the 2013 edition of the Breeders Crown Finals, three divisional winners in Father Patrick, Shake It Cerry and Ufizzi Hanover all won from the Takter barn using Razerhorse products.
Father Patrick 1:50.2 ($1,263,326) who has won six from six this year and is a hot favourite for the Hambeltonian this weekend has raced exclusively with Razerhorse shoes.
With the ongoing success on the track backed up by the science and technology behind their products, Razerhorse can look to the future with a lot of confidence.