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QUESTION: Hi sir. I work in a thoroughbred racing stable. May I know how many days does a steel shoe last on horse? What about aluminum plates?

ANSWER: Hello Roberts,

A shoe lasts until it is worn out. The length of time depends on how much the horse walks or runs and also the type of surface a horse walks on. There is no standard amount of time for the use of a shoe.

Thank you,

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QUESTION: thanks for the answer. may i know how to get to know that the shoe needs to be changed?

Hello Roberts,

The shoe should be replaced every four to six weeks based on the normal growth of the hoof wall. When a shoe no longer does what it is supposed to do, change it. So, if the shoe no longer provides the traction of the new shoe it is probably time to change it. Knowing when to use a new shoe comes with practice.



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Paul Roberson


I can answer questions about hoof care, shoeing, trimming, diseases or lameness of the hoof. I can answer questions about horse motion as it relates to normal movement. I cannot answer any questions that require or request a veterinary diagnosis.


I have been a farrier since 1992. I served three terms as president of the local farriers association. I have conducted research into equine biomechanics.I have been an invited speaker as a subject matter expert in hoof care at youth and adult horse extension programs through the University of Tennessee. I have guest lectured horse courses at the University of Tennessee. I have presented scientific papers on equine biomechanics to the Equine Science Society, the American Society of Animal Scientists Southern Section and the United States Department of Agriculture. I have been an invited speaker at multiple horse industry associations as a subject matter expert on equine biomechanics of the Tennesseee Walking Horse.

American Farriers Journal, Voice Magaazine, Journal of Animal Science

Kentucky Horseshoeing School; Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, University of Tennessee; Master of Science in Animal Science, University of Tennessee

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