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    06-03-2012, 10:16 PM
  #71
Green Broke
^^this!!!

Oh and I agree with your first sentence too!
*runs off to the kitchen to grab the popcorn*
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    06-05-2012, 08:49 AM
  #72
Green Broke
Ok, thank you for the helpful replies. I would appreciate now if the bickering would stop. I really just wanted to know if anyone had heard good or bad about barefoot eventing.

I have pretty much made up my mind about eventing shod or unshod. I am going to keep schooling and showing this year unshod, but I think if there aren't huge changes by next spring, I am going to shoe her.

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    06-10-2012, 12:17 PM
  #73
Foal
Just butting in here. My Holsteiner mare competed barefoot all of the way through Novice. It just depends on the strength of your horse's hooves, hers are like rocks. Bare feet really offer a lot of traction, I like them much better than shoes. Once you get into studs shoes have an advantage, but without them I've found that bare feet seem to hold onto the ground much better. In the end, though, it all comes down to your horse's feet. If they are strong enough to go barefoot, then go ahead. But if you find that they're cracking or chipping, I would invest in some good farrier work.
     
    06-10-2012, 07:46 PM
  #74
Green Broke
Another wonder product my farrier recommended...keratex! It's awesome for strengthening bare feet!
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    07-07-2012, 08:51 PM
  #75
Green Broke
Just thought I would give an update...

I am getting Grace shod this Monday. I really thought we could go barefoot, and she seemed fine for a while, but she's really been having some issues. She feels very insecure when riding on grass, almost like she's just waiting for something to be jammed into her hoof. Any rocky areas are making her very ouchy, and even when her hooves are at a nice length, they are splitting.

Thank you all for the help, though! I really did think we could do it. I just want her to be comfortable, and at this point, I think she's be better off with shoes.
     
    07-07-2012, 09:49 PM
  #76
Green Broke
Is it possible to event in hoofboots with studs? I didn't see that mentioned in the thread.
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    07-07-2012, 09:58 PM
  #77
Green Broke
As far as I know, hoof boots are illegal for competition.
     
    07-10-2012, 12:36 PM
  #78
Foal
My 2 cents: If your horse does well with it, go for it. Like you and a few others said, it depends on the individual and it's completely different for each horse. It's totally unfair to say that EVERY TB needs shoes, because there's a lot of different factors and each horse is an individual with different genetics and health history that change how they wear or don't wear shoes.

In my opinion, going barefoot as often as possible is best. I like to go all natural as much as possible :) Reading the Soul of a Horse by Joe Camp is what really made me change my mind; I think it's best to try and go barefoot in every situation. Shoes can be good at first, but over time they can compromise the horse's hooves and health, and be more harmful than good. But then again, it depends on the individual horse. Here's a link to the Soul of a Horse blog: The Soul Of A Horse Blog | Joe Camp Official Blog | Horses | Trust | Relationship

So, I think you should definitely try barefoot and see how it works and if you need to feed supplements or not. I think the possibility of having huge major problems and having your horse be lame more often than not is very, very rare... if anything, it'll probably be something more low key that you'll be able to recognize before it becomes a problem and you'll be able to make a change. Hope it works out for you, I think it'll make your horse happier
     
    07-10-2012, 06:12 PM
  #79
Trained
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Originally Posted by VanillaBean    
As far as I know, hoof boots are illegal for competition.
Can't do it at recognized shows, but most schooling shows allow boots.

OP, too bad that didn't work out for you, but at least you gave it a shot. You're smart enough to do what's right for your horse instead of being hell bent on making something work that isn't working.
     
    07-10-2012, 11:48 PM
  #80
Green Broke
I second that...kudos to you for listening to your horse!
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