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post #1 of 19 Old 09-05-2012, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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miles/ time on a set of shoes.

How many miles/ time are you getting on a set of shoes ? Before I got into this I would go 6 to 8 weeks between farrier and maybe lost one shoe in 3 years that I can recall.
My current farrier has me on 4 weeks and loosing a shoe has become routine, instead of the exception. Well one cycle I literally wore a set down to almost nothing and then simply wore off at around 150 miles. Most of my riding is on a mix of pea gravel and pack sand trails. Something else I shoudl discus with my farrier ? Is 100 miles at speed on steel shoes all I should really expect ?
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My mare went 8 weeks on her shoes ( not my fault my farrier broke his back and it took me a bit to get someone else out) she still had her shoes and they were on great shape. I had toe and heel shoes on though as we were doing a lot of mountain riding, I couldn't tell you the exact mileage though. Her shoes were in great shape with only the toe worn down to the actual shoe. I would say your farrier isn't doing something right or you need a different type of shoe.
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Dream is on a 6 week shoeing cycle. Sometimes she has some shoe left (though never enough to reset the same shoe) and sometimes she has not much at all. She definitely gets more than 100 miles out of them though, at least once the season starts.

I wonder if some of your issue is the sand? I know that can be really abrasive, so may well be wearing the shoes a lot more than if you were traveling over wooded trails. What has your farrier suggested?


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6 six weeks, no resets ever, the shoes are always worn down pretty good. Some riding on gravel roads, mostly in the arena or dirt trails.
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While I have worn shoes off my prior horse, I don't think it is a wear issue as the other shoe doesnt look bad. Have discussed problem with my farrier. Yeh 3 weeks and 80 or so miles isnt acceptable. Was wanting to get a base line on what I should expect.
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The only time I've ever seen shod horses on a 4 week cycle is when they have either bad feet (the usual case) or bad carrier work. I think you should be expecting around 6.
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Joe rides his horse more in three weeks than most of us ride in three months...........

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True but then a 4 week schedule would be his norm and since he made this thread, it doesn't seem like that's the case :)
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Depends on how good your farrier is and how balanced your horse is. A front end heavy horse is going to wear through shoes and pound the nails out of position.

My endurance horses were 6-8 weeks depending on time of year.
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While I have worn shoes off my prior horse, I don't think it is a wear issue as the other shoe doesnt look bad. Have discussed problem with my farrier. Yeh 3 weeks and 80 or so miles isnt acceptable. Was wanting to get a base line on what I should expect.
Wait, so only ONE shoe is wearing to the point of nothing and the rest are ok?


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