Razer Horse Shoes
The Razer concept was designed to mimic the natural function of the hoof while offering the protection needed for performance horses.
The shoes were developed in Sweden in 2003 and have been the leading edge in the Standardbred racing industry. They are made from a tempered Borium tool steel that allows the shoe to flex with the hoof, yet maintain sufficient support. This flexible Borium tool steel was developed specifically for the Razer shoe concept.
The technology was brought to the United States in 2005 to the American Standardbred racing industry. In 2012, the shoe was redesigned for the needs of the Quarter Horse. The toe was rounded to give a smooth slide upon landing, Razer added a rounded rim to enhance traction while reducing stress and the shape was redesigned to fit a quarter horse hoof while still being easy to shape.
Razer shoes are made of a flexible borium steel to support the natural movements of the hoof.
Naturally all horses are born with a hoof capsule that is split in the heel by the frog, which allows the two sides of the hoof can flex in, out, up and down individually.
Razer is made of a flexible material to support these basic movements to stay healthy. It is made with a flexible tool steel that follows the movements of the hoof capsule, yet strong enough to hold its shape once it is fitted to the hoof.
Razer reduces injuries and increases performance.
Razer is thin with a narrow outer rim that easily sinks into the ground surface. This gives the right contact for the frog and sole to the ground, similar to being barefoot. This important ground contact allows the hoof capsule to unload.
The frog splits the hoof capsule in the back to allow one side to move up while the other moves down. A shoe had to be designed to coexist with this basic function.
A hoof must flex to stay healthy.
Razer is made with flexible tool steel
Razer is made with flexible tool steel that gives the horse a barefoot feel while the shoe protects and supports the hoof. The hoof glides on the surface during the landing due to its wedge-like shape in the toe. The glide extends the length of the stride and reduces the recoil effect. Razer also has a thin rounded toe on the shoe which is important for the glide.
Abrupt stops when touching the ground increases strain.
The frog splits the hoof capsule.
This will reduce the strain on joints and also balance the landing on uneven ground and in sharp turns.
A hoof must flex naturally to stay healthy.