Shoeing for Race Horses

Best Shoes for the Job

Kerckhaert Syntra


The primary difference in the Syntra design is the aluminum at the toe, coming nearly to the top of the grab, which minimizes the “snow plow” effect of the regular toe grab. This is a more comfortable shoe for dirt as well as any synthetic track that allows regular toe grabs behind. The design behind the grab is the same as normal race plates, allowing all the traction possible coming out of the gate and during the propulsion stage of the first 100 yards in a race.


  • A unique Kerckhaert design
  • Excellent for training and racing on dirt tracks
  • Easier breakover while still providing the traction needed for coming out of the gate
  • Beveled aluminum coming to the top of the insert in front of the toe grab and a rolled toe
  • A good choice for racing on synthetic surfaces where a regular toe is allowed (5.5mm)
  • This is a hind pattern with toe clip only



Hind - Toe Clipped - 4, 6

Complimentary Nails

  • 3-1/2 Race
  • 3-1/2 Race XL
  • 4-1/2 Race
  • 4-1/2 Slim

toe grab info