Choosing anything equine is never an easy task. That is due to two factors; the first one is that, the context just is not one of those well known, or commonly known facts. The second factor is how although you may know what you wanted, getting exactly them and them only can be a hard task due to the lack of the availability of the supplies. In the end of the day, none of these excuses can be accepted for ending up with poor solutions.

However, it is quite easy to find plastic, steel or even aluminium horseshoes in counties where horses are quite easy to be found. But whilst there are many factors to consider about this context in terms of the perspective of the creature and the nature of the lifestyle it lives, the comparison between these 3 materials can be made solely based on their characteristics – that is what we are going to do.

Steel is a derivation of iron. The reason why iron as a material is no longer being used in the manufacture of horse shoes is due to the quicker rusting and the easy septic conditions that they can inflict. Hence, the role of the steel in replacement to the typical raw iron has been a solace for a long time. But there is a downside of it – the weight.

We all know how iron weighs considerably generally. Given steel is an alloy of iron combined with copper, that weight more or les remains in the same spectrum. Hence, although it may give a massive strength to the sole of the horse, the creature’s legs will definitely feel heavier. However, steel can be replaced, when it comes to the context of race horses.

This is where aluminum comes into play. Being a soft P-block element in the periodic table, the materialistic qualities have helped a number of industries to take off the weight and the rusting factor off, which was hard to reach with iron. This is the exact reason why aluminum made horse shoes definitely take a very much added liking in the community. However, although the weight factor will be suppressed, the strength will not be as much as the steel ones; given that all the dimensions and other characteristics of the shoe remains the same.

Plastic is one of the materials that is considered non-metallic materials, of course. But are they truly strong and resilient enough to act the part of a horse shoe? You need to remember that your definitions of plastic may never apply in this context, given how the treated and specifically engineered plastic materials are commonly used for horse shoe making in the present.

Now that you know all about the context, you should be able to make a more suitable decision. In the end of the day, your horse/s will be quite delighted that you know how to make a great selection, that suits them and them only.