Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
We have two ponies that are barefoot at my barn, both even in games and have never taken a lame step in there life. The Morgan is a 23-24 year old mare, and the other is a 4 year old QH/Halfie grade. Both have times that could qualify for states with the right riders that actually want it (neither made it this year because their riders either weren't ready, or didn't want it).
A few horses have shoes on their front, and I believe that it does hider their ability, because neither have a good concept of where to put their feet and how to use them, but it could just be the horse in general (I'm not sure, but it's not my choice, so I don't comment). I'm working with the draft horse on both general training, games, and starting him on jumps, and he doesn't seem to be any clumsier than normal, so I don't think that front shoes have much of a difference when considering showing. But like everyone before has said, it depends on the horse most of all.
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