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    04-07-2013, 09:10 PM
Green Broke
I have my horse shod on just the fronts currently. I've tried to have her barefoot but she actually holds a lot of moisture in her hooves my farrier said and no matter what kind of ground she ends up becoming super tender and even lame without fronts =/ bueno! It's really sad seeing her hurting so I get shoes put on her. I have shoes that add more traction so when she is doing barrels she can dig in and not lose footing..granted she doesn't dig in a lot but I believe it helps!
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    04-09-2013, 01:40 PM
How often do shoes come off with overreaching horses? I've thought about shoeing my gelding but he overreaches so bad I'm scared he is going to pull them off. I put boots on him but will they be enough to keep the shoes on? I've never shoed any of my barrel racers but we always ran in local arenas with sand so I've never had problems. Now that I'm going to rodeos more his feet are becoming more sensitive.
    04-09-2013, 02:19 PM
My barrel horse and I will be running in sand/dirt and stonedust in local 4-H shows and we might go to two rodeos but what do you run in at rodeos??
    04-09-2013, 02:22 PM
Also, it says in online articles that you should talk to your farrier about your horse overreaching that bad and pulling off a shoe. It also says that bell boots help alot but they are not a cure to the problem.
    04-09-2013, 03:27 PM
See what your farrier has to say. Mine has done wonder with Selena who is a god-awful overreacher. She just powers out so hard that she'll tear herself up. She tore off a show, sliced herself open, tore holes through boots, etc but has done nothing of interest since my farrier worked on her. I'm not a hoof expert and don't pretend to be, so it would be best if you talked to your farrier about it c: Good luck!
    04-09-2013, 03:30 PM
Alright thanks! Just wanted to hear other opinions! My farrier does not so shoes so I would have to find a different farrier that does. Thanks!
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    04-09-2013, 08:28 PM
Green Broke
That's a barefoot trimmer then. A farrier is a person who puts shoes on a horse.
    04-09-2013, 09:50 PM
What kind of surface do you run in at rodeos?
    04-10-2013, 12:45 PM
Originally Posted by gamingirl22    
What kind of surface do you run in at rodeos?
Good, to horrible, and everything in-between.

Rodeo ground typically is VERY variable. Some indoor arenas are "made" and aren't real arenas, so they'll haul in dirt and put it on concrete. Outdoor arenas, you have the weather to contend with. If it rains, you may have a mud mess. Some arena mixtures hold up well in the rain, some get "sticky", and some are just downright scary slippery. Some rodeos they rake before the barrel racing starts .... some just put up the barrels when it's time and don't do any ground work.

Some rodeo committees make a good effort to keep the ground good and consistent, but some don't. I like my local PRCA rodeo, because every single barrel gets raked by 3 people after every barrel racer. And they dig it well before the barrel racing starts. Keeps the playing field level!

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