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    04-10-2014, 02:23 PM
When I transitioned over from shoes to barefoot, I only needed to use boots on the fronts. I also ride gaited - and those horses will move VERY differently in gait when you first put boots on. Only used the 'emergency trail boot' idea once - didn't work well. Ended up having to walk back to camp. Trying anything faster than walk when a gaited horse is shod on left front and booted on right front was just waiting for a stumble.

Boots have more traction than the average shoe. Most gaited horses move with a bit of a slide when in gait. Especially if they have developed their gait while wearing shoes. The second the grip changes on one side but not the other - they will be off in gait. Some more than others.

I've now been 100% barefoot for 7 years. Not even using a boot. No matter the rock or slope - my gaited horses stay sound and never slip. They've stayed sound even when I was training 40 miles per week. It takes time, the right feed/supplements, rock laid down in front of troughs, and proper trimming/rounding.
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    04-10-2014, 03:35 PM
Green Broke
I've never put a shoe on my gaited mare...and I've owned her for 5 years.

I ride her with front boots...a size 2w renegade..although I've ridden her 22 miles barefooted.

I think she could do without the boots, but it makes me feel better....

My wife's quarter horse needs boots on all four hoofs.....

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