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  • Horse worn shoes thin in 3 weeks

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    09-07-2012, 08:43 PM
Green Broke
No when I wore em off all four were worn off, well I assume, lost two and the other two were literally paper thin, so I didnt have an issue with that. If they stay on till they wear off probably not a farrier issue.
I am thinking in the endurance world my mileage is pretty typical.
The problems I am having now are on a different horse. She has only been shod twice since I have had her and I have just started putting miles on her. She is only front shod, The first time she was shod she lost one in the pasture the day before the farrier came, then this set I got about 3 weeks, 80 miles on em and lost one. I am fine with 4 weeks / 120-150 miles if that is what she needs, Its jusst that the shoe should still be there when my next apt rolls around.
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    09-07-2012, 09:39 PM
She does ok with back feet bare?
    09-07-2012, 09:52 PM
Have you considered going shoeless? Pea gravel and packed sand should not be a problem once the feet have toughened up a bit.
    09-08-2012, 06:04 AM
Green Broke
No not considering going shoeless. Not feasible for the terrain and miles I ride.

Yeh so far she is doing fine back bare. They look good. Currently doing it as a cost saving measure and so far so good. Wont shoe the back till next april or may. Front shod is good enough for the training I am doing ands the winter ride schedule, probably wont be hitting any rough terrain rides till may or june. If I end up going to the mountains for a fun ride weekend I'll boot the rear.
    09-10-2012, 08:30 PM
My gelding was pulling front shoes every 3 weeks after I put rear shoes on him - he did fine when he was only shod in the front, but I switched to a new farrier who adjusted his breakover in the front and we haven't had a problem since. We only get about 6 weeks though, but that's about 120-140 miles for us 50/50 on gravel roads/soft woods trails. The people I ride with, though, shoe every 4 weeks because their shoes are paper thin in that time, but they ride twice as far as I do every week, and mostly gravel roads.
    09-10-2012, 08:40 PM
We are getting 5 to 6 weeks with occasional trail riding. Our pasture and trail terrain is very rocky. Mostly we have growth issues. The hoof grows out too much and we lose shoes that way. For the most part on a 5 week rotation, I have all shoes on. Push 6-7 weeks and I am taking chances.

I haven't noticed them being worn down. That said, Sam lost a shoe at the campsite last weekend and there was a farrier camping. He put a new shoe on for me. He asked several times if I mostly trail rode and where. He put on a much different shoe. I think it is thicker than the shoes my normal farrier uses.

I'm going to ask to have that shoe matched. Something about its look makes me think it is a much better choice for our steep and rocky terrain.
    09-10-2012, 09:11 PM
Other option is to do boots instead of shoes. There are all kinds of options and you can carry a spare set with you. I wonder how long a set of boots would last for you?
    09-10-2012, 09:25 PM
She could be catching her shoe with her back foot. My farrier had to change the angle a bit on my older horse because of that. It helped a lot.
    09-10-2012, 10:19 PM
We are definitely trying out boots for the fall and if all goes well, we will switch permanently. My understanding from most people is you get 400-500 miles on a set of boots, extra protection for the sole on big gravel, better traction on rocks - plus you lose the slipperyness of steel on blacktop - we've slipped enough times just walking across the road this year that it makes me nervous to keep the steel on. I don't know how it will work for us though, since we have had issues pulling shoes - for us I think it's worth a try though.

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