-- Posted by bagsofnags on Sep. 30, 2001
Was wondering if anyone can tell me their experiences of
Cytek Shoeing. Good and Bad.
-- Posted by catherine
I'm a disciple!
I have a very flat footed TB who I had owned for about 6
months when I decided to try Cytek shoes. They were
recommended to me by a professional dressage trainer who had
all her horses on them, one of them had been chronically lame
using conventional farriery and became sound immediately when
shod with cyteks.
I was impressed with the explanations (and the time taken
explaining) by Warwick Bloomfield who came to shoe Cush. He
trotted up quite unlevel after shoeing so I was a bit
concerned. I gave him a day off work and it took him about a
week before he really got used to them. I was worried, but
Cush was not in pain, just a bit wobbly!
From then on his hooves have improved, his heels are more
upright, he is straighter in his movement, has developed
muscle over his shoulder, his forelegs seem 'free-er', he has
stopped stumbling and generally seems more confident on his
feet. An example I give is that when tied up he used to
tread on his own hooves, one time actually tripping up over
them and falling over. It was as if he did not know where his
feet were! This does not happen any more.
Drawbacks? Disapproval from traditionalists. They look
different - a judge in a riding horse class would have moved
us up had he been shod conventionally! They cost me about £55
every 6 weeks - and the time between shoeing will gradually
increase, up to 12 weeks.
-- Posted by johny boy
I think I saw an example of cytek shoeing on a freinds
horse this weekend , is it where the shoe sits a lot further
back and the toe is rounded off , If not then anyone know what
that type of shoeing is , The shoe looked a lot wider as well
-- Posted by sjm72
I suspect that the shoes look wider as they are shorter
from front to back - I suspect that this may be what my young
horse needs as she keeps losing her shoes and when they are
left off her feet seem to form this shape (i.e. she wears /
breaks the toe and not the sides - and seems sounder!!)
Where do you find a farrier that does this?
-- Posted by peter
The Cytek website is http://www.cytekhorse.com/
Loads of information and letters from satisfied customers.
-- Posted by colouredcob
Well you may think this will sound dramatic but Cyteks have
saved my horses life!
My TB had excellent feet when I first got him 4 years ago.
The heels collapsed and the toe was left long by the farrier.
had at the time despite my concerns - he continued to shoe this
way until I became very concerned then he just failed to ever
come back! Nice one!!
So more conventional shoeing, more lameness, Xrays showed
fractures to the toe of the pedal bone, spurring and
fragmentation. Egg bars for a year, more lameness more X
rays more pedal bone problems.
Horse then destined for the bullet agreed by the vet as
lameness now constant.
Cyteks as a last chance. My Horse would not even want to
walk just stood in the field with his eye full of pain despite
the bute. Ben Perks (cytek farrier) came and shod him, Sid the TB was a
sod as shoeing always meant pain to him and Ben was gentle
kind and reassuring even though he was being pulled around by
Sid. Sid had to be literally dragged in to be shod as he was
reluctant to walk.
Cyteks eventually fitted. Ben asked if we could just
walk the horse out so he could see how he coped with the
change which he explained may take a few days.
Sid walked out almost dragging my hubby, he walked sound
although a little wooden due to the change of balance, but was
SOUND!!! I could not believe my eyes. I wish I had
a video camera with the date and time to prove it as no one
believed it. My friends were astonished at the immediate
improvement. My friends had been supportive as the
decision to have him shot was made so had seen the horse days
before shoeing and again afterwards.
It was absolutely amazing. I am a believer in Cytek and feel for some horses it is the
only answer. Whether I will get all my cobs shod this
way remains to be decided as Sid has only had his first set
and due to be re shod this week.
But I have gone from 4 years of intermittent lameness to a
fully sound horse on just one set. Admittedly I have not
begun working him yet so time will tell, but at least now if
worst came to worst he is pain free and can be that all
expensive lawn mower if necessary.
Traditionalist come see my X-rays and my horse. It will
give you food for thought!