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  • Corks for hunters

    Do you cork your hunters for the show season? We seem to have a few more shows offering classics on grass and an upcoming hunter derby (new to this area) so corking becomes a consideration. Is it best to drill the holes and plug them or best to keep in a small road cork? Most of our hunter shows are in sand rings.

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    I prefer my hunters go in sober

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    • #3
      I drill and plug if I know that I will need road studs for grass. But if they are only showing on sand, you probabaly don't need them.
      Eight Fences Farm. Mansfield, MA

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      • #4
        Caulks?

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        • #5
          I think you mean caulks or studs, not corks (those go in wine bottles).

          If you really feel that the grass situation will warrant their use, then go ahead and drill/tap your shoes. But remember you can't do that on aluminums, just steel, so debate which you prefer to use. If you do drill, do NOT do a drive-in stud unless your horse is outside most of the time (and drive-ins are not road studs). Road studs should never be left in beyond when you need them (imagine wearing high heels ALL the time). Studs should only be put in when you need them, and adjusted for the footing conditions.

          Be sure to ride your horse on grass in them before the show/class, so they get used to them.
          Cherry Blossom Farm - Show & Field Hunters, Side Saddles

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Pirateer View Post
            I prefer my hunters go in sober
            <snicker snicker snicker>
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            • #7
              Originally posted by SidesaddleRider View Post
              I think you mean caulks or studs, not corks (those go in wine bottles).

              If you really feel that the grass situation will warrant their use, then go ahead and drill/tap your shoes. But remember you can't do that on aluminums, just steel, so debate which you prefer to use. If you do drill, do NOT do a drive-in stud unless your horse is outside most of the time (and drive-ins are not road studs). Road studs should never be left in beyond when you need them (imagine wearing high heels ALL the time). Studs should only be put in when you need them, and adjusted for the footing conditions.

              Be sure to ride your horse on grass in them before the show/class, so they get used to them.
              AGREED

              Studs of any type should not be left in. You can use cotton or the foam inserts that they sell at tack stores to keep the holes from getting dirty. Don't forget to clean them out every day if you do this. I have heard using cotton balls soaked with WD-40 works really well to keep the holes clean and makes it easier for the studs to go in when you take the cotton out.
              "Be the change you want to see in the world."
              ~Mahatma Gandhi

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              • #8
                Eventers have all kinds of tricks for keeping the threads on drilled shoes clean. Trying searching over there. The cotton/wd40 works, but it is very hard to remove. Bit of Britain sells lots of products specifically for packing stud holes. WHICH, thanks for the reminder, I got a new set of shoes today and did not pack the holes. DAMN! Would not have had time anyway. maybe I will remember tomorrow.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by SidesaddleRider View Post
                  But remember you can't do that on aluminums, just steel, so debate which you prefer to use.
                  My horses are wearing drilled aluminums right now. I don't know if they come that way or my shoer drills them but I've used them for years.

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                  • #10
                    Thank goodness no one else had ever heard studs referred to as corks. I thought that I was the lone big dummy eventer that was clueless about the correct hunter terminology.

                    Agree that they should not be left in, there are all types of inserts that work quite well at keeping them clear.

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                      #11
                      Hahhahaahaha....yes caulks not corked....however I find that as I age that for me corked may be a good thing!!!!

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                      • #12
                        cotton plugs work great. just have an extra horseshoe nail to dig it out with. Personally, I like the rubber plugs the best.

                        http://www.bitofbritain.com/Easiest_Plug_Yet_p/0361.htm

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                        • #13
                          Use the rubber plugs, very easy to take in and out. Do not have to clean them every day, gosh, I'd go nuts if I did that. Just have 3-in-1 oil or wd-40 handy when you pry the plugs out (with horseshoe nail), clean hole with T tap, spray oil in, insert stud, hand tighten, then wrench tighten until snug (but not so snug the shoe starts coming away from the foot!!!).

                          DO NOT trailer with them in, ride on roads with them in, etc. Use only when needed, and boot up the horse if possible when wearing studs.
                          Use the smallest ones you can get away with, bigger always on outside if you use two sizes.

                          We eventers often put studs in at the trailer parked on deep grass -- for this the metal dish is INDISPENSABLE -- otherwise we'd lose at least a stud per show. I don't tend to stable for events but perhaps in this situation it is less critical.
                          The big man -- my lost prince

                          The little brother, now my main man

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Go Fish View Post
                            My horses are wearing drilled aluminums right now. I don't know if they come that way or my shoer drills them but I've used them for years.
                            One of my boys is in tapped aluminum shoes up front...and we have no problem doing aluminum shoes + studs. As we mostly event and do jumpers, he's wearing studs at shows more often than not...
                            ~Drafties Clique~Sprite's Mom~ASB-loving eventer~
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                            • #15
                              My hunter was drilled and tapped last year in aluminums. That said we stuff the holes with Never Dull wadding, that stuff that is impregnated with metal polish. Seems to work well and is relatively inexpensive.

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by ddashaq View Post
                                Thank goodness no one else had ever heard studs referred to as corks. I thought that I was the lone big dummy eventer that was clueless about the correct hunter terminology.

                                Agree that they should not be left in, there are all types of inserts that work quite well at keeping them clear.

                                Maybe I'm the lone dummy, but I just had a convo last night with my daughter about "corking" shoes. She works at a hunter/jumper show barn. We are Canadian though so that could explain the difference in terminology, eh? Maybe its a regional term?
                                "All I pay my psychiatrist is the cost of feed and hay and he'll listen to me anyday" author unknown

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by asterix View Post
                                  Use the rubber plugs, very easy to take in and out. Do not have to clean them every day, gosh, I'd go nuts if I did that. Just have 3-in-1 oil or wd-40 handy when you pry the plugs out (with horseshoe nail), clean hole with T tap, spray oil in, insert stud, hand tighten, then wrench tighten until snug (but not so snug the shoe starts coming away from the foot!!!).

                                  DO NOT trailer with them in, ride on roads with them in, etc. Use only when needed, and boot up the horse if possible when wearing studs.
                                  Use the smallest ones you can get away with, bigger always on outside if you use two sizes.

                                  We eventers often put studs in at the trailer parked on deep grass -- for this the metal dish is INDISPENSABLE -- otherwise we'd lose at least a stud per show. I don't tend to stable for events but perhaps in this situation it is less critical.

                                  And...if you always store the studs loose with some powerful magnets, they become slightly magnetic themselves, so when you drop them in the general direction of the metal dish (which can also be magnetized), they do tend to "home in" on it, which can make life easier...they'll also hopefully stick slightly to the wrench, which can be a lifesaver.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Patch View Post
                                    Maybe I'm the lone dummy, but I just had a convo last night with my daughter about "corking" shoes. She works at a hunter/jumper show barn. We are Canadian though so that could explain the difference in terminology, eh? Maybe its a regional term?
                                    I call them corks too, and so does everyone I know! Maybe it IS a Canadian thing!

                                    In contrast to the other posters - my hunter wears small roads all the time. I have worked with several BNTs and they also left roads in. In fact, many people call them "keepers" because they "keep" the hole clean.

                                    When I show on grass, I'll change to a small mushroom on the inside branch of the shoe, and a matching height grass point on the outside. For greasy sand footing I might use small mushrooms all around. There are many options for every footing condition - this is part science part art!

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                                    • #19
                                      A couple of extra tips regarding studs that I hadn't seen mentioned yet:

                                      Always buy extra studs (I usually get 10 each of whatever road stud/all around type, but you can just get 5 each of big grass spikes or bullets for mud that will only ever be used on the hind shoes) or at least one will disappear into the shavings 20 min. before your class.

                                      Never use the metal screw in blanks, I've seen them rust into the shoe and we had to pull the horses shoes off to get them out. Def. not worth it. My favorite plugs are the rubber ones with a hole in the middle so you can pull them out with a horseshoe nail.

                                      If you have a horse that could be goofy, get the Safe-T-spin tap or whatever its called. It has very short threads in it and wont break off in the shoe if they snatch their foot away and stand on it.

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                                      • #20
                                        Look them up on any saddlery site and studs is the keyword, not caulks, or corks. Cork comes from a tree, or is a city/county in Ireland. Caulk(to me) is the stuff that comes in the tube to seal the bathtub or doors and windows.

                                        Stud is the proper term. Beval's even sells Canadian studs! They also offer a book called The Stud Book. Not to be confused with a breeding farm that has stallions in residence.

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