The NB PLR (Performance Leverage Reduction) shoe is the next generation of aluminum performance footwear for horses. The latest information regarding pathology in pleasure and performance horses is suggesting that the lack of leverage relief offered by either footwear or the terrain is a primary cause.
Strain or lesions on the DDFT and the connective tissue around the coffin (DIP) joint is a growing concern based on MRI findings over the last several years. Because horses were not particularly designed to turn and run in tight circles, the joints in the lower limb, and especially the coffin joint takes a beating. When the connective tissue and the joint surface itself become traumatized, the soundness & performance of the horse rapidly decreases. Reducing the leverage to the joint by bringing the break-over point of a shoe within a given proximity to the center of articulation has proven to be extremely beneficial as a treatment protocol. The results are even better when this approach also includes the reduction of leverage both medially and laterally.
Priced under the Italian Colleoni TR shoe, though the Aircraft Aluminum of the TRs typically affords a reset and the ability to tap and thread the blocked heals for ice /mud reaction studs. The thicker stock of the Colleoni's affords an even greater mechanical advantage, and the inside rim of the TR's provides increased traction, similar to the steel Avanti horseshoe.
Now that we have a better understanding of the causes of so many of these pathology's and the treatments that are working to remedy them, we now have some guidelines on ways to prevent these lameness issues. The optimized reduction of leverage offered by the NB PLR is proving to not only be a superior tool for treating lameness but also for preventing lameness and improving performance. The simple fact is that horses who are free of pain, thanks to a reduction in the amount of effort it takes to move, will perform better and stay sounder longer.
Special Design Features:
- Optimized multi-directional break-over relief.
- FLAT PLR, is also available in a WEDGED version.
- The Aluminum PLR shoe is made of a forged aluminum alloy that is heat-treated for added hardness. This combination offers a light, yet durable shoe for optimal performance.
- Front style unclipped only
Available Sizes: Width x Length
Front 3x0 = 4.25" x 4.25"
Front 2x0 = 4.50" x 4.50"
Front 0 = 4.75" x 4.75"
Front 1 = 5.00" x 5.00"
Front 2 = 5.25" x 5.25"
Front 3 = 5.50" x 5.50"
Front 4 = 5.75" x 5.75"
Sold per pair (2 shoes). 10 pairs = a full box.