As you may or may not know, I'm a barefoot trimmer. I've wanted to offer nail on protection (laser tips, poly shoes) for ages now, buy I've only nailed on one laser tip into a live horse under supervision.
I've been trying to find a farrier to help me learn how to nail on for a while now, but not surprisingly I've had no takers.
So I've had to just bite the bullet and just nail some tips on Gracie as practice. Natalie suggested tips for Gracie as she's battling some separation and sensitive (although thick) soles. It's all insulin resistance related and we are trying to tighten up her diet but in the mean time Nat still wants to be able to ride without worrying about Gracie being sensitive.
Anyway, today was the day. I went over my notes from college a few years ago, I had already recieved all my gear in the post, and Gracie was already due a trim anyway.
I was nervous but I really shouldn't have been. I think one or two of the nails are a bit low but that's better than pricking a horse! But other than that I think I did an OK job. I'll reset them after 3 weeks because I want Gracie on a short cycle.
Anyway, after a few more goes with tips I'll try nailing on a set of easy shoes or maybe Epona shoes. I'll have a go with Allie too, even though she doesn't need the protection.
Nail ons are far far cheaper than glue ons, plus you can reuse the shoe (depending on wear). It will be more viable offering nail ons than just glue ons.
Just thought I would share!