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Chris Martin/MONK

"MONK has been using the Terraflex shoes from Blue Pegasos for quite a few years now. he has done all of his important rides in them, 3 Top Ten at Tevis, etc. I like to keep MONK barefoot a lot in between rides so I can keep his hoof angles the same all of the time, we train some barefoot and with boots. The reason I chose this particular shoe for MONK was for several reasons. The break over or COL - center of articulation is very important to me. I use the shoes with the 2 side clips and the ramped toe. I actually file or grind that area flat. The rear of the shoe is then shaped so there is not a lot of overhang on the sides or rear and use nippers and a hoof file to make those adjustments. The flexibility at the rear of the shoe makes it almost impossible to get stepped off or caught on and the shoe pulled off. Composites with an imbedded nailing plate or other hard inserts don't have that benefit. The optional sole plates work great to keep out unwanted debris and for rocky areas. The different densities are a big plus if you know the terrain you're going to train or race on. The traction is unsurpassable in mud or slick terrain. See photos of the shoes and installation on MONK's FB page at FEI Redhorse."