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post #1 of 5 Old 04-11-2012, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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Barefoot v. Shoes

What do you prefer and why? What kind of boots or shoes do you use?
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-11-2012, 11:07 AM
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i like the easy boots but i only carry them for when i lose a shoe and when i lose one i pull the other and put the boots on.

but i prefer shoes now that i have tried them over barefoot... my horses don't get so tender after the long miles on gravel and such, so i use steel shoes at the moment...
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post #3 of 5 Old 04-11-2012, 02:13 PM
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I prefer shoes. I had a friend come out to visit that used boots. Her horse actually did very well; however, in the time she spent putting on her boots, I was saddled up and ready to ride. I had to tie my horse to a post and sit in the shade a while.

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post #4 of 5 Old 04-11-2012, 08:48 PM
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I shoe. Dream does get her shoes pulled for the winter, but once it's serious training and competition time, the shoes are on.

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post #5 of 5 Old 04-11-2012, 08:55 PM
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Shoes. I keep fronts on 10 months out of the year when I'm doing serious conditioning. Sometimes I have to shoe all four for mountain rides.

I don't like boots. Too much time to put on. The fit has to be just right. I rode a horse who required boots once. It was a PAIN to get off on the trail and put them back on every couple of miles. I was constantly worried about those things. I don't trust them. My horse holds a shoe well, so I just shoe.
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