Whether you are riding on the flat, show jumping or cross country if you are riding on grass then you want to have the right grip to give your horse confidence. We have come up with some top tips and Handy Hacks to help you choose the right studs.
Different studs for different ground types
It’s important to choose studs that are appropriate for the ground that you are riding on and the size/type of your horse or pony. Here are some factors to consider when choosing studs:
- Consider the size of your horse or ponies feet, if in doubt choose a slightly smaller stud rather than too big. For example a pony will not require a bigger stud than a horse.
- Take into account your horse/pony’s action/movement. If your horse has a floaty/daisy cutting light footed action then they may be more likely to slip but may not want as big a stud as a heavier type.
- On firm ground a smaller pointier stud is most appropriate.
- On soft ground a larger stud is more appropriate.
- If using two studs in each foot then choose a rounder edged stud on the inside to reduce the risk of injury should the horse stand on itself
How to put studs in
- Clean the hole out. Handy Hack – Using a slot head screwdriver is sometimes easier than a horse shoe nail as the handle makes it easier to hold.
- Tap the stud hole. Handy Hack – Using a plastic handled tap is more user friendly. They are smaller and more comfortable to hold.
- Screw in the stud. Handy Hack – If using two studs per foot then screw in the inside stud first as you will be less likely to catch your knuckles when screwing in the next one!
- Tighten the stud – Handy Hack – Using an adjustable spanner means you only need one spanner for all different size of studs.
Be really careful not force the tap or stud into the hole as this may damage the thread and cause the stud to sit at the wrong angle, get stuck or not go in at all.
Taking studs out
- Use your adjustable spanner to take the stud out. Handy Hack – You can buy magnetic stud trays which are a life saver when you are putting studs in in the middle of a field! You can also use the magnetic tray to help you find studs you have dropped.
- Fill the hole. Putting cotton wool in the hole should help prevent stones getting stuck in the hole whilst you are not using them, however in reality they usually find a way in!
Caring for your studs
Studs will rust if not looked after properly. Cleaning mud and dirt of the studs after each use will help keep the thread clear. Using WD40 or a lubricant will help to prevent them from rusting.
We hope this helps you choose the right studs and get the right equipment to take the hassle out of putting studs in…so you can concentrate on the riding!
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