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Shoes provide relief for horse hooves

The horseshoes help horses with serious and debilitating conditions, like laminitis. The horseshoes help horses with serious and debilitating conditions, like laminitis.
Steve Bloom Steve Bloom
To make the horseshoes aluminum plates are placed into a machine, then a computer does all the work from there. To make the horseshoes aluminum plates are placed into a machine, then a computer does all the work from there.
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - When your feet hurt, you probably swap what you're wearing for a pair of more comfortable shoes. Now, some horses have that same option.

Grand Circuit Products is bringing relief to horses around the world.  They make horseshoes and specialize in making therapeutic horseshoes.

"Winston Churchill said there is something about the outside of a horse that's good for the inside of a man," said Steve Bloom. "You can't describe it until you've felt it."

Bloom got into the horseshoe business after working for the post office.

"I hated it," he said.

Bloom stumbled on his passion after a friend asked him to pull off a horse's shoe.

"When I tried to pull the shoe off, I couldn't do it," said Bloom. "Because like anything there is a knack. But, the strangest thing happened when I put his foot in between my legs I felt like I found what I really wanted to do."

He's been in business for 25 years and moved his factory from New Jersey to Louisville six years ago.

"It's much more friendlier to do business here than in New Jersey," said Bloom.

Now, his army of nine people cranks out hundreds of horseshoes a day.

"They go all over the world we send to Australia, Switzerland, all over," said Bloom.

To make the horseshoes aluminum plates are placed into a machine, then a computer does all the work from there.

Tuesday, Bloom and his crew were busy making horseshoes for a French veterinarian to help a horse who had a bruised heal.

The horseshoes help horses with serious and debilitating conditions, like laminitis.

"Laminitis is what killed Secretariat," said Bloom. "Horses are very sensitive. They are big and strong and burly looking but, they are actually extremely sensitive."

The company also make glue, aprons, anti fungal and anti bacterial products.

Bloom said he loves what he does because he's helping and saving something that changed his life.

"I have never looked back or regretted a word of it," he said. "I just feel like I'm a lucky person."

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