Racing Plates

Thoro'Bred, Kerckhaert and St. Croix bring to racing the technical innovation, focus on detail and craftsmanship that the winners trust. Their tradition of excellence and listening to what farriers and trainers want in high performance plates is the reason why we are becoming the brand to watch in Thoroughbred racing.

Thoro'Bred Sidewinder

Sidewinder shoes are perfect for Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Roping, Team Penning or other competitions that require fast starts and quick turns." Bevel style toe for ease of breakover reducing strains and pains. This is the secret weapon of many champion barrel horse riders. Being lightweight and with the side notches, 80% of the barrel racers have improved their time with these shoes. They give the horse more confidence on a variety of arena surfaces.

Aluminum Natural Balance PLR Race

The Aluminum PLR Race Shoes are used for a wide variety of disciplines ranging from race horses, barrel horses, cutters, and many other gaming & speed event horses. Show horses and rodeo performance horses find the light-weight aluminum to be beneficial for traction, and the design features help keep the horses from interfering & forging.

No-Vibe Thoro'Bred Aluminum Legacy Queen XT, Fronts

The LEGACY QUEENS PLATE XT FRONT was based upon their Traditional Queens XT, with all the added features packed into the Legacy Series. The hardened steel XT toe grab protrudes .080″ (2mm) above the aluminum surface for additional traction.

The LEGACY Series is thicker, wider and stronger than traditional racing plates and the tapered sole relief is improved to help reduce sole pressures and bruising. Now with more nail holes for increased nailing options, an improved overall shape and deeper fullering to keep nail heads tight.

The LEG SAVER bonded No-Vibe pad is made of tough, but resilient rubber which is vulcanized directly onto the sole of the shoe. LEG SAVERS are designed to help in the reduction of sole bruising and also to help alleviate pain in tender-footed horses.

Thoro'Bred Aluminum Queens Plate, Fronts

The QUEENS PLATE is for tracks that do not allow inserts, caulks or toe grabs that protrude above the plate. This reduces tendon strain and muscle pulls. 

5 Nail Hole Pattern in sizes 5- 6-7- 8

Thoro'Bred Aluminum Queens Plate, Hinds

The QUEENS PLATE is for tracks that do not allow inserts, caulks or toe grabs that protrude above the plate. This reduces tendon strain and muscle pulls.

5 Nail Hole Pattern in sizes 5- 6-7- 8

Thoro'Bred Aluminum, Silver Queens Fronts

The new Silver Queen was developed as a moderate approach to the Natural Balance Shoe and the World Racing Plate. It has a beveled toe that allows ease of break over to help reduce the strain on muscles, tendons and joints. The Silver Queen has a thicker cross section that creates a better cupping action. More nail holes so that the farrier can choose and alternate the nail pattern from one shoeing to the next to help preserve the integrity of the hoof. The heels are tapered on the inside to reduce the pressure on one of the most sensitive areas. The Silver Queen is basically a front shoe although it can be used on the hind for horses that forge. If a horse requires icing or therapy after exercise it should raise a red flag to consider break over.

Shoeing competition horses for top performance requires experienced farriers who under-stand anatomy and conformation, especially in the legs and hooves. It is extremely important to know where the center of the hoof is in order to place the shoe where the break over point is located.

Thoro'Bred Aluminum, Queens XT, Hinds

It has a step down section on the inside of the toe area like the fronts, to give more traction without increasing the height.  The Silver Queen has multiple nail hole, a thicker cross section with sole relief and side grooving to give more traction.

The XT Toe grab is set back to give the horse a more efficient angle for grip. XT Toe height is .080 (2 mm) above the aluminum surface.

Shoeing competition horses for top performance requires experienced farriers who under-stand anatomy and conformation, especially in the legs and hooves. It is extremely important to know where the center of the hoof is in order to place the shoe where the break over point is located.

Thoro'Bred Aluminum Regular Toe, Fronts

This is the most popular style plate in use. An excellent all around performer.

5 nail hole pattern in sizes 5 - 6 - 7 - 8.

Thoro'Bred Aluminum Regular Plain, Hinds

The most popular hind pattern racing plate in the USA. Features a regular height toe grab and plain heels for protection. Five nail hole pattern in size 5 and above. Available with side clips to help prevent the plate from moving back on the hoof and becoming loose between shoeings.

Thoro'Bred Aluminum Regular Wedge, Hinds

The WEDGE HIND has elevated heels that are raised by 1.5 degree and helps to support run down heels or other reasons that the farrier deems necessary.
 
The toe grab  is raised .205″ (5.2mm) above the surface of the shoe. All of our toe grabs are made of heat treated tool steel for durability and long wear.

Thoro'Bred Aluminum Regular Toe Block, Hinds

Used to lift the heels and prevent excessive heel grab or "running down." Has regular toe grab like the two items above.

Thoro'Bred Aluminum Quarter Horse Block, Hinds

Used to lift the heels and prevent excessive heel grab or "running down." Has an increased height of the Toe Grab for increased traction and acceleration.

Thoro'Bred Aluminum Quarter Horse Wedge, Hinds

Raises the angle of the heels to a more natural position. The tapered angle is 1 5/8 degree from toe to heel. Has an increased height of the Toe Grab for increased traction and acceleration. Available with side clips to help prevent the plate from moving back on the hoof and becoming loose between shoeings.

Thoro'Bred Aluminum Low Toe, Fronts

The LOW TOE is used on hard or fast tracks. It provides traction with less strain on tendons and ligaments. Available in fronts only. 5 Nail Holes
Pattern in sizes 5 - 6 - 7 - 8.

Thoro'Bred Aluminum Level Grip, Fronts

Fronts - This is a great performer, excellent for turf and dirt courses. This style was worn by JOHN HENRY most of his career, and features a high outside rim for equal traction and balance. The grip provides 180 degrees of good cupping action. 5 Nail Hole Pattern in Sizes 5 - 6 -7 -8.

Thoro'Bred Aluminum Level Grip, Hinds

Hinds - Raised outside rim for improved traction and balance. Provides 180 degrees of gripping surface. Thoro'Bred applied for a patent on the Level Grip, but the application was rejected. The reason - the design was traced back to the 16th century, Ming Dynasty, China.

Kerckhaert Tradition XT Racing Plate (Regular Toe)

The Tradition series racing plates from Kerckhaert offer the North American market an option for shoeing styles and feet that require a narrower pattern than the Kings. The main design differences are the shape, a slight taper in the width from toe to heel, a nail pattern that is spread and punched slightly finer. This has met with a good response from farriers in the market. They are finding that the Tradition and the Kings shape have a place in their trucks due to the wider variations of front shaped feet. Shoes are symmetrical.

Punched for 3-1/2 Race, 3-1/2 Race XL, 4-1/2 Race or 4-1/2 Slim.

St. Croix Low Toe Racing Plate, Front

St Croix Low Toe aluminum plates
 
Same pattern as their XLT Racing Plates, but with a .158" (4.0 mm) steel toe grab. Twice as high for twice the grab!

Sold in sets of 4

St. Croix Regular Toe Racing Plate

St Croix Regular Toe aluminum plates
 
The ultimate in traction. This shoe is in the XLT Racing Plate with a .24" steel toe grab

Sold in sets of 4

St. Croix Quarter Horse Toe Racing Plate

St Croix Quarter Horse Toe aluminum plates
 
The ultimate in traction. This shoe is the XLT Racing Plate family with a .33" steel toe grab.

Sold in sets of 4

St. Croix XLT Racing Plate, Front

St Croix XLT aluminum plates have a symmetrical, concave patern.
 
Same as their Turf Plates, but with a .08" steel toe grab.

Sold in sets of 4

St. Croix 2 Degree Race Plate, Hind

St Croix 2 Degree aluminum plates
 
With a steel insert at the toe for strength. 
Available in sizes 4-8.
 
Sold in sets

St. Croix Concorde Regular Toe Racing Plate, Hind

St Croix Concorde aluminum plates
 
With a steel insert at the toe for strength. 
Available in sizes 4-8, side clipped also.
 
Sold in pairs