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post #1 of 11 Old 12-24-2010, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
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What Dressage Shoes to Use..

SO my dressage trainer just mentioned that I could use some "dressage" shoes.. I've never really done complicated shoes or anything like that but she recommended some with some weight or something? I would be happy with that high stepping movement and enhancement, but I also do a great deal of jumping so what ones are right for me?

If it matters, she's a 17.2h Holsteiner mare
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SO my dressage trainer just mentioned that I could use some "dressage" shoes.. I've never really done complicated shoes or anything like that but she recommended some with some weight or something? I would be happy with that high stepping movement and enhancement, but I also do a great deal of jumping so what ones are right for me?

If it matters, she's a 17.2h Holsteiner mare

There is no such thing as "dressage shoes". I only ever used regular shoes and even jumped him in the same ones.

The shoes you will use will be the ones that fit the horse's conformation. Lighter TYPE shoes will result in a more natural movement and heavier shoes will usually result in a action with more knee action but they are not referred to as dressage shoes.
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Yeah, I was going to say Spyder - I've never heard of "Dressage Shoes"...that's a new one for me. Glad you clarified that!

I was also thinking the same thing - heavier shoes are more for Gaited breeds aren't they?

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There is no such thing as "dressage shoes". I only ever used regular shoes and even jumped him in the same ones.
Why do you need shoes if the horse has good feet? For better traction, or because they wear them out too much in arena? Or it's a requirement in dressage arena?
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Why do you need shoes if the horse has good feet? For better traction, or because they wear them out too much in arena? Or it's a requirement in dressage arena?

Not required at all.

My present horse didn't even get shod until he was 8 and started to do serious jumping. Some will use shoes to correct gait impurities ( like winging or paddling) but unless you know you will be riding on rough or bad ground (some places are just bad) then go with what the HORSE needs not what you THINK the competition needs.

My GP horse had chronic seedy toe and HAD to have shoes. He also had smaller feet (was half arab) and I actually found that light weight barrel racing shoes worked for him.
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That's interesting... I know majority of people around doing dressage actually put shoes on their horses. So I thought its some kind of requirement for the shows (didn't look into that yet, because showing wasn't on my list).

I wonder if people do dressage (and shows in particularly) in those Easyboots. I know some people use them for jumping, but never heard about dressage.
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Ive never heard of dressage shoes... if they can make me and my horse any better then i want some!
but yeah, Im pretty sure there arent any specific shoes for dressage horses, its jsut whata fits the horse. personally my horse only has shoes because she needs corrective shoeing and in the summer on trail rides we go over rough ground.

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I remember this lady (she owns STB and races) That we should put heavy shoes on my mare to make her not pace. Would that work? Not that I'd do it, I'm just curious.

Horses are scared of two things... Things that move and things that don't.
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Well then would heavier shoes be an enhancement in dressage then?
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Well then would heavier shoes be an enhancement in dressage then?

Not really. In the lower levels the long flat sweeping stride is desired. In the higher levels the higher action ( provided it has suspension) is more desired.

There are some that will use shoes to take the place of good training but for the betterment of the horse in general I prefer any shoe (if needed) that allows the horse normal/natural movement to come through.

It is THAT movement that should be enhanced by good training practices.
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