The day of the Hambletonian was a remarkable one for those using Razer shoes and Propads, by Razerhorse.
Lifetime Pursuit, winner of the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks has been shod with Razer shoes for over a year to aid in a healthy well developed hoof for race day. Trixton, winner of the Hambletonian was prepped for the race wearing Razer shoes. Other standout horses that use Razer shoes and Propads include Father Patrick, Nuncio, Tellitlikeitis, Shake It Cerry, and Uncle Peter.
Jimmy Takter, Harness Racing Hall of Famer is a regular user of Razer shoes and Propads. "Razer and Propad play a big part in my stable,” said Takter.
Conny Svensson, renowned Standardbred blacksmith has shod many world champions using Razer shoes, and has been the farrier for the Takter stable for the past twenty years.
"With the help of Razer Shoes and Propads in the training and preparation, I felt we went into the Hambletonian in the best possible way with all five of our horses," said Svensson.
Razer shoes are unique in that they are a flexible, tempered, tool steel horseshoe. A traditional horseshoe locks the hoof in place, however, Razer shoes allow the hoof to move and flex naturally while providing the support and protection of a steel shoe.
The Razer shoe is a low profile shoe, which cuts its weight in half and makes it nearly as light as aluminum. In harness racing, lighter is better. Additionally, the shape and design of the shoe offers excellent traction while allowing the hoof to also glide on the surface of the ground.
Propads, manufactured with the highest quality polyurethane material, are the only pads on the market with an independent frog support. This accordion-shaped feature allows the frog to contact the ground, which aids in load sharing while increasing blood flow and circulation.
The Propad can be used with any open heel shoe and does not have to be used with the Razer shoe. It is available in three styles: Basic Support, Support Soft and Support X-tra Soft. The Support Soft and Support X-tra Soft are a dual-density polyurethane with the iconic black and orange Razerhorse colors.
Razerhorse products, including Razer shoes and Propads, are currently available at sixty-eight dealers and locations in thirty-one states, including five locations in Canada and one in Australia. To find a dealer near you, go to www.razerhorse.com.
If you want to get your horses into the winning circle, Razer shoes and Propads will help you get there more often.
by Brian McEvoy, for Harnesslink.com