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Boots vs Shoes?

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  • Shoes for heavy riding
  • 2horse shoes vs 4 shoes

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    05-20-2012, 05:54 PM
  #11
Yearling
My horses went barefoot for 5 years. Two of my horses had never been shod. So they were around 8 when they got their first shoes. They could travel ANY trail for a day. But I could not ride them multiple days in row. So as long as I was riding Wednesday nights and Saturday, Everything was fine.

But when I went on multiday pack trips, During hunting season or if we camped out and rode several days in a row, They would get sore.

I've used most of the boots. I find Boots are more expensive than just getting the horse shod. You pay $100+ per pair. They last for summer if you are lucky. I have ripped gaiters, broken cables and buckles and ultimately lost boots.

I usually bring four hroses. Since I'm the owner, I'm the one usually putting the boots on and removing them. So I spend 30-40 minutes before a ride putting boots on. And usually one stop during the ride to fix a boot that has pulled of or twisted. As long as the rides are walks, They do OK, But if we start cantering, any kind of laterial work, like chasing cows, They twist or come off.

For me, I keep my horses barefoot 9 months of the year now and put shoes on for the heavy riding season when we are out camping and hunting.

I find barefoot horses slip less on granite than horses wearing steel shoes. But the barefoot horse slips more on sandstone, Since the steel shoe and nails seem to bite into that softer rock.

These were new boots that I used for 3 days at Bryce Canyon, Pretty chewed up for 3 days of wear. I just can't afford to replace boots every ride and my horses just can't go barefoot where I ride them



Sand grit and rocks just really wear on the boots


If they get wet, they trap the sand and it wears on them
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    05-20-2012, 09:08 PM
  #12
Trained
^ I never get tired of seeing your fabulous pictures :) If I ever return to Utah, I demand you take me riding. Lol
     
    05-21-2012, 12:33 AM
  #13
Yearling
I hope I'm not boring folks, like showing the neighbors my vacation slides.
Hopefully, I'm illustrated the point I try to make.

Last year at Bryce Canyon for Memorial day, My horses rode trails like these the first day and didn't show any soreness..


The second day on trails like this, They just didn't want to move forward. They were done with being barefoot.


If I had given them a day off they usually are fine, But we just can't do 20 miles a day on rocks.
     
    05-21-2012, 12:41 AM
  #14
Showing
So can we agree that it depends on the work and the horse?

Both are good, in different ways.

Yeah?
     
    05-21-2012, 12:45 AM
  #15
Trained
^ Agreed
     
    05-21-2012, 01:11 AM
  #16
Weanling
I would like to recommend PLASTIC horse shoes. They are increasingly popular. They can be epoxyed on, or nailed on like a normal shoe. They grip because they have tread, and they flex with the hoof.

I've seen them on two horses in my barn back home, on a Quarter Horse and an American Saddlebred, and both did extremely well. They last too, and can be reused with new trims. And I can say they last through some wear and tear. The QH is a retrained hunter jumper and was used in lessons VERY often. The Saddlebred was recovering from hoof issues, and traveled very well with them on, which I mention particularly because this horse was incredibly sensitive and metal shoes were heavy enough to make her trip up and travel awkwardly.

I'll post the brand as soon as I find out from my instructor.
     
    05-21-2012, 09:29 AM
  #17
Trained
Paintedhorse, nobody ever gets tired of your pictures.
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    05-21-2012, 09:45 AM
  #18
Yearling
I showed you the red rock above. Here are some in the granite rock
These horses are all bareboot and did great on this 22 mile ride, but again, I had to boot the second day.






     
    05-22-2012, 12:28 PM
  #19
Foal
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Originally Posted by Joidigm    
I would like to recommend PLASTIC horse shoes. They are increasingly popular. They can be epoxyed on, or nailed on like a normal shoe. They grip because they have tread, and they flex with the hoof.

I've seen them on two horses in my barn back home, on a Quarter Horse and an American Saddlebred, and both did extremely well.
I'll post the brand as soon as I find out from my instructor.
I'd like to find out more about the plastic shoes for my horse, sounds like they might be a good compromise between the boots and metal shoes.
     
    05-24-2012, 09:13 PM
  #20
Green Broke
I don't see how plastic shoes could hold up. I have worn steel shoes completely down past the nail heads till they fell off in less than four weeks. This was on pea gravel and crush and run.
     

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