11-06-2011, 06:40 PM
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Thank you guys, my horse does great barefoot but the outdoor arena has a lot of rocks and I use the boots because I wouldn't want her to land on a large rock after a jump barefoot. I would rather not show her then put shoes on her. She doesn't need them and not only that, there are no competent farriers who come to the barn where I am boarding her. There are only 2 farriers who will go to that barn, one who is the whole reason my TB needed boots for 6 months for anything other then the indoor arena and the other who I have heard noting but bad things about. I finally found a barefoot trimmer from almost an hour away willing to come just to do her feet. She is at the point now where she can trot and canter over gravel without any hint of tenderness. I have seen plenty of articles of horses eventing bareboot(and some with boots). I even saw some that say they noticed horses slipping more with studs then when being barefoot and a ton of articles that studs vs. plain shoes are bad for your horses joints as the foot stays in place but the joint torques. I'm not trying to start a debate, I just don't know anything about eventing but I don't see why it couldn't be done barefoot. My friend is planning on entering her in 3' classes, so noting terribly high, she jumps 3' barefoot in the indoor and non-rocky outdoor with no problems.
ETA: I have the easyboot epics and they were recommended by my trimmer for jumping, she says she has quite a few clients using them while jumping.