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Standardbred Race Horses

Best Shoes for the Job:
Kerckhaert Half Swedge

The half round-half swedge is the technical name for this shoe as the outer branch has the swedge (rim) and the inside branch is half round. This is most commonly used to help keep the path of the travel wider. It might also be used on the back of a Trotter that is speedy-cutting (interfering). It helps with pacers that crossfire (right hand hitting left front and visa versa).

Kerckhaert Half Swedge


Kerckhaert Half Swedge




More Race Plates

Full Swedge »

Half Swedge »

Heavy Full
Swedge »


Half Round
Plain Stamped »


Outer Rim


Flat Steel
(TNC) »


Half Round
TDR Creased »


  • Made with a tough, durable steel
  • Improvement in the nail placement and support in the heels
  • Feature left or right pattern
  • Longer outside branch for trailer
  • Available unclipped or toe clipped



      Hind - Half Swedge - 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3,
      3.5, 4


      complimentary nails

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      • 4-1/2 Slim
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