1. MEGASUS HORSERUNNERS
For whom are Megasus Horserunners suitable?
Our audience is recreational riders who like riding cross-country and want to join small competitions.
What are Megasus Horserunners?
Megasus Horserunners are the first clippable hoof protection designed for locomotion, like sports shoes for humans. Our unique patented Mega-Lock System enables users to put Megasus Horserunners on when needed and let the horse go bare hoof when not. Horse owners can decide whether they want to leave them locked for several days, or take them off after every ride.
Of which components do Megasus Horserunners consist?
A set of Megasus Horserunners contains everything you need for their use:
Side-Clips “Lock” in suitable amount +1 spare clip for each Megasus
Mega-Lock Tapes sufficient for 6-12 weeks (6 pieces per hoof), after that you can buy spare tapes. A well-mounted tape can remain on the hoof up to 4 weeks.
Mega Pro-tapes: protection tape for grazing, 2 pieces for each hoof.
Non-woven web: one piece to roughen and clean the hoof.
isopropyl alcohol to degrease the hoof before gluing
Which additional fixtures are available?
There will be the following:
Spikes and Studs including the tools will be available from April 2017 on in presale in our online shop. Delivery in July/ August 2017
What are Side-clips?
The Side-Clips will be stroked into a raster scale on the base support and adjust thereby individually to the hoof. Side-clip variations include:
Side-Clip “Lock“: the general Side-Clip for the on-and-off Mega-Lock system.
Side-Clip “Glue“: to stick the Megasus directly to the wall with Superglue. Permanent! For special tasks! After two to three weeks, the side-clips shall be loosened for hoof trimming. This will guarantee a consistently favorable hoof situation. Hoof deformation caused by iron shoes, including sunken foot arches, flat feet, bent and twisted bones and joints, can be avoided this way. The side-clips can be used more than once by cleaning from glue and polishing with non-woven web.
Side-Clip “stick”: to stick the Megasus directly by means of tape (similar to double-sided tape). Permanent! For special tasks! (After two to three weeks the same procedure as for the side-clip “glue” is wanted).
What is a stabilizer good for?
The stabilizer allows you to adjust the rigidity of the Megasus Horserunners to your horses’ hooves. Horses which are acquainted to bare walking mostly do not need a stabilizer. The stabilizer is meant for horses that will be converted from iron shoes to bare hoof and are not immediately able to walk comfortably because of hypersensitive hoofs. Hoofs in transposition or with thin soles and/or weak walls will profit from higher stability.
Horses in sportive use need extremely high stability of protection. In this case, and also if protection is used in combination with spikes and cleats, the Megasus should always be used with stabilizer. The oversized forces occurring when these applications are used speak for the insertion of the stabilizer. Please note that we do not recommend permanent hoof protection in these cases.
2. MEGA LOCK TAPE
How is the Mega-Lock tape attached?
After the hoof is cleaned, position the Megasus to mark the areas where the Side-Clips will make contact to determine the position of Mega-Lock Tape (typically 1 cm – a little less than one inch – of hoof will remain between the tape and Megasus). Roughen the tape areas with non-woven web and, if necessary, a file. Degrease the area with Isopropyl alcohol. Finally, remove the protective foil from the tape, and stick Maga-Lock tape to the marked areas. Wait 15 minutes for the adhesive to dry fully. Now you’re system is ready!
As the hoof grows and stretches over the following two to three weeks, the Mega-Lock Tape will move closer to the ground. The tape will continue to function until it is about 6mm (about 1/4 inch) from the ground. Tapes must be changed when Side-Clips no longer fit snugly or the tape itself loosens from the wall.
Which glue is used? Is it toxic?
We talk about two different bonding methods. The Mega-Lock tapes are provided with an adhesive layer which is not activated before the protection foil is removed. This adhesive is similar to some waterproof tissue glues used in human medicine for wound closure. The tapes are a special development for our use.
The aim is to regulate the adhesive force: as little as possible so as not to damage the hoof horn, yet as much is necessary for strength, plus waterproof to guarantee a four-week hold. The glue for the side clip “stick” is identical.
The side-clip “glue” is fixed to the wall with this superglue, which is tested and proven in the field.
On the hoof it is long-lasting and waterproof, but nevertheless should be removed after 2 to 3 weeks for hoof trimming and cleaning.
How long will the Mega-Lock tape last on the hoof?
The Mega-Lock tape remains approximately 3 weeks on the hoof and is protected with a protection foil during the time the hoof goes bare. The foil has a sealing lip similar to swimming goggles, so that the Mega-Lock tape is prevented from water and dirt intrusion.
What is going on when the hoof grows?
Within 3 weeks the hoof grows a little more than 1/2 cm (1/5 inch).
The Mega-Lock tape on the hoof shifts with that growth. Over the course of 2 to 3 weeks of repeated bare-hoof phases, the foot grows and adapts to its environment which reduces the distance from the lower tape edge to the ground from originally 1 cm (a little less than ½ inch) to 1/2 cm (1/5 inch).
After 3 weeks on the hoof the Megasus –Lock tape will be changed. Also shortening of the lower edge of the tape with a foil is possible. This is of no influence to the durability of the Megasus itself on the hoof.
Is hoof care possible when tape is on?
Yes, the tread can be cared for as usual, as well as the wall horn beneath the Mega-Lock tapes. The wall itself cannot be trimmed within the 3 weeks. If this should be necessary, a new tape would have to be installed.
How can I remove the Mega-Lock tape?
The Mega-Lock tape is easy to remove, somewhat similar to a sticking plaster (adhesive bandage). One side is lifted with a sharp tool, and the tape rolled off by hand or with pliers.
Will adhesive residues remain to the hoof?
No more than those you’d expect from a plaster (adhesive bandage).
My Mega-Lock tape is dirty. What shall I do?
The Mega-Lock tape can be cleaned well with water and a medium-hard bristle, household brush.
3. MEGA-PRO TAPE
What are Mega-Pro tapes?
Mega-Pro tapes are protection tapes for the Mega-Lock tape when the horse is on the pasture or in the box without the Megasus Horserunners on.
It is surrounded by sealing lips similar to swimming goggles which prevent the Mega-Lock tape from being spoiled by dirt and water. It is planned to offer it reflecting and individual designed until 2018 when we plan to begin offering personalization and a variety of designs.
What is the non-woven web good for?
What is isopropyl alcohol good for?
Glue sticks best on fat-, oil- and dust-free surfaces. Isopropyl alcohol is used to degrease the hoof wall before sticking the Megasus-Lock tape.
4. DURABILITY OF MEGASUS HORSERUNNERS
How long will Megasus Horserunners last?
We have developed the Megasus Horserunners first of all to achieve one thing: more motion!
Riding shall bring you fun at any pace, on any ground. Slick or hard soil? Sounds sketchy if you have the classic iron horse shoe or bare hoof in mind. But with Megasus Horserunners? Like humans who tie on sports shoes to take on runs on asphalted, greasy roads, horses will have more comfort and security on rough surfaces while wearing their Megasus Horserunners.
Depending upon how often and where you ride with Megasus, it is our target that horse runners shall last 3 to 6 months. Each set includes Megasus-Lock tapes for 8 to 12 weeks of wear. Additional spare tapes are available as needed.
Megasus Horserunner consists of two different plastics. The tread consists of an extremely abrasion-resistant, shock-reducing and vibration-damping material. Any research-based improvements to plastic properties can be adapted to future sole upgrades using the most progressive products.
The second plastic concerns the base which has the same high stability as the hoof and contains all technical demanding parts. Although the horn capsule is elastic, high impact forces can deform it. Megasus Hoofrunners are stiff enough to take heavy impacts of cross-country riding with grip for uneven, sloped terrain. They provide side stability with hard edges that cut into the ground like the natural hoof.
Optional spikes and cleats are also available to create as much grip and stability as is needed while allowing the hoof as much natural movement as possible.
What shall I do when side-clips, Mega-Lock tape or Mega-Pro tape break down?
From April 2017 on, we will offer in our online shop spare sets in presale. Delivery will be in July/August 2017.
5. CONDITIONS FOR DURABILITY
Do Megasus Horserunners last when used in mud?
We have made Megasus Horserunners as waterproof as possible. We know from experience that nature has in store more exceptions than rules. Just like fingerprints, no one hoof is identical to another. As such, we offer a variety of options to be tried out by the horse lover.
On soft ground your horse does not need hoof protection.
Normal protection: Mega-Lock tape remains to the hoof and is protected by means of the Mega-Pro tape (foil with sealing lips)
The Megasus Horserunners remain to the hoof for a week permanently and are afterwards removed for hoof adaptation. Then they are clipped on again.
Permanent hoof protection with side-clip “glue”: The side clips are directly stuck to the hoof wall with superglue. After 2 to 3 weeks they should be removed and after hoof adaptation again stuck to the hoof.
Permanent hoof protection with side-clip “stick”: the side-clips are fixed to the hoof with pads similar to double-sided layer. The Megasus Horserunners are now permanent. After 2 weeks they should be removed and, after adaptation of the hoof, stuck again.