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Allow me to humbly say "Hi" and formally introduce myself. All who know me call my 'Lenny' Lenny Alifi. I've been a Farrier for over 45 years, spending most of my adult life in the desert right here in the Phoenix valley, Apache Junction to be exact.
I started my apprenticeship in Upstate New York and in Long Island. The man I served my apprenticeship under is Dave Birdsall who was eventually inducted into the Worldwide Farriers Association. Dave was old school, hard on me, and told me to go to school so I went to Western's School of Horseshoeing in the mid 1970s. I later returned to Long Island to work with Dave but The West gets under a person's skin and I had to make this desert my home.
From early childhood I'd always had a love for horses in spite of being a New York City raised kid and somehow, I just knew I'd be in equine care in some way as a professional. In the 1980s, I was very fortunate to teach at SCC and CAC in equine sciences.
Over the many years of nailing steel to hoof, I've always pondered "Is there were a better way?" With all of todays advancing technology, maybe there is a better solution to this necessary evil of nailing steel to hoof. We put weight on a horses back and the sports and pleasure riding vigorously wares away hoof faster than natures growth can catch up. We have been nailing steel on to protect our horses feet since the 1400s.
My observation of the Golden Wing Horseshoe is that it is not made of steel, has the strength of natural hoof, and has an amazing durability that is as close to barefoot shoeing as I have yet experienced. At first introduction to this strange looking shoe, I was a bit confused as to either embrace it or just pass it along as some oddity of interest. Either way, I was intrigued so I had to give it a whirl. I did and so far, it's been18 horses that I have shod and reset with this Golden Wing shoe. I must confess, it is becoming much less strange than it was 5 weeks ago. It gives the protection of padding a hoof and I love the shock absorption, it is just like putting hoof onto hoof. I still need more hands on observation with this innovative new product but the in very near future I hope to be able to answer the question; to steel or not to steel?
I am very impressed with the quality of these new shoes.
I am a farrier in Washington state and have been searching for a non-metal shoe. Goldenwings horseshoes are tough out last steel shoes. The best of all, the horses I have in these shoes are now landing heel first. I highly recommend these shoes.
I have been watching the research and development of this new horse show for several years now and am thrilled to finally be able to try them on my older thoroughbred gelding who is starting to show some wear and tear. He is on his second setting at the moment and is moving like a young horse again. I was considering hock injections but with the Golden Wing shoes, I see no need for that at this time. He is back in work and his length of stride and quality of movement is even better than when he was a young horse placing in the model hunter classes at Devon and many other shows. Only wish they were available throughout this horse’s career. Love the shock absorption and the traction he has in western PA mud.
Hello .My name is Candis and I own an 11 yr old quarter horse mare bred to cut and I also barrel race and do other cowhorse events with her .
When I bought her Sept 2018 she had terrible feet and was very lame. Her toes were long and her heels were way under her feet and folded in. She shuffled along painfully .My farrier was certain she had navicular ( even trying to shoe her with steel shoes was too painful for her ) but I did not want to accept that diagnosis without giving her every chance we could so he gave in and committed to giving her a chance for however long it took. With regular rasping every few weeks we were finally able to get her shod. The steel shoes helped a wee bit but she was still short strided , very careful and limped on roads and gravel, could only go on soft surfaces. After a time we decided to try her barefoot again, attempting to strengthen her soles and frogs. That was just ok but something better had to come along if I was going to be able to use her in the show pen. It was a very long and anxious time for us as we were determined to help her .Then one day I was searching around for possible solutions and stumbled across Golden Wings Horseshoes . I immediately took the info to my farrier who was skeptical but said he would give them a try! After several phone calls and conversations with Goldenwingshorseshoes, we got some ordered and on her hooves .Her movement improved some but we were determined to persevere and get her even better. We believed in the shoes !! Fast forward to a busy show season where the mare made progress, more progress and more progress. We went from slow times in the barrel pen ( even in small pens ) to a little faster to even faster at each jackpot . Eventually she was doing so well that we entered the Saskatchewan Barrel Racing Finals in Aug where she ran the fastest yet then bettered that time the next run! To top that off we entered an out of province big open jackpot at the Stakes and Futurity race with 100’s of entries .In a huge pen she ran faster than she did at the finals and bettered her time her second run. That after being hauled for hours, standing tied at the trailer and in a stall at night. We also competed at a cutting show and a cow horse event . She NEVER could have done that before Golden Wings Horseshoes came into her life!!!!
My farrier likes how they protect her sole and stimulate her frogs. She will not go back to other shoes. It’s hard to explain how these shoes have changed this gritty little mares world ! My very talented farrier and these shoes saved this wonderful, sweet mare from a life of painful feet . Her whole demeanour has changed , even the wrinkles above her eyes have softened and her legs are under her where they belong , her frogs are wider and she no longer winces when hoof testers are applied . My farrier did a wonderful job with a wonderful product for my wonderful horse! Thank you Goldenwings
I wanted to offer a testimonial of the Goldenwings. This may not be as eloquent as I wish it to be but it's our story and I'm happy with the product.
My brilliant farrier Molly McDaniel here in NW Washington state offered them as an option about 8 months ago. My horse was just not doing well in steel so we switched to aluminum and when that wasn't going well either, Molly researched her heart out and found Goldenwings. My big App gelding Red is halter bred with small feet. He also has PSSM1 with an ongoing case of low grade laminitis. He is dead lame without front shoes. He has thin soles and his hoof walls were also weak. He doesn't grow much between shoeings but will get under slung and flare without 5-6 week maintenance. It has been frustrating. Within 2 cycles on goldenwings his heel angles came up and he was hardly flaring! The flexible material and built in traction lugs make trail riding a breeze. I really think he moves better in the arena as well. Better breakover too. We are now on the 5th cycle and just put on the 3rd set of shoes. Goldenwings can be reset 1-2 times depending on how much work the horse is in. My horse hasn't been in regular work lately so his lasted a long time. Molly says my horse's angles are the best she has seen in the last year! Plenty of hoof wall to nail to and best of all he isn't tender after the trim or during the nailing part of the shoeing! Bestest of all, my horse's feet have gotten a little bigger! A 115 used to need to be filed down quite a bit to fit. As of Saturday his hoof is a big as the 115 and he was actually growing OVER his last set at 6.5 weeks. What this all tells me is that Goldenwings are less restrictive to the hooves natural growth.
Our Farrier, Brian Roberts, has used GoldenwingsHorseshoes on several of my horses and I have been thrilled with the results. They give the protection of padding on the hoof, provide traction that helps to prevent slipping, and I love the shock absorption. Although they are fairly new to the horse world, I would highly recommend these "shoes."
I am so grateful that you are making these shoes. As an outfitter & an Equine Structural Integration Therapist, I have never seen horses be as healthy with steel shoes as I have with your Goldenwings. They are the "hail mary" for one of my mares in my pack string. She has a slight coffin bone rotation in one of her front hooves & has NEVER moved better in anything I have put on her hooves, including hoof boots, than she has in your Goldenwings! I will be finding out how well they hold up/traction next summer during my pack season. I am hoping that you will be making smaller sizes in the very near future? 0 & 00? I have a horse that I am training that would be a perfect candidate for your shoes but you don't make them small enough. I have been passing on your information to as many of my clients as possible. Please keep making them! It is all about the horse & not the human!
You had shared with me your studies about angles on front hooves being more in between 55 to 60 degrees. I got this particular horse to a 58 degree angle and put on your shoes. This horse had done well in your shoes before but, because of the tendon issue he was still off for about a week after. After using the golden ratio, steepening the angles to 58 degrees he is finally sound! Thank you so much for your advice willingness to consult a d your wonderful product! It's the first time in 6 months this horse has been comfortable right after a shoeing! You rock! Go Golden wing horseshoes!