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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
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."