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post #1 of 6 Old 05-12-2011, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
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(newbie) questions....my gelding is barefoot, terrible hooves - doesn't hold shoes (way long story) but we've compromised with me trimming him weekly. I know as we leave behind the soft arenas for rougher terrain I am concerned about his feet. I've used easy boots with gators out on trails but with alot of riding through water they can rub.

what are the rules for covering hooves? can I use some easy boot glue-ons?

I assume you cant leave on for the dressage tests
how is your grip or do they just hinder the horses etc.

My endurance friends all use them but they're not at the pace a x-c rider needs.

I apologize in advance if this is a silly Q but I want to make sure my boy stays sound.
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post #2 of 6 Old 05-12-2011, 05:30 PM
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If his hooves dont hold shoes, what about getting shoes that can be glued on?

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post #3 of 6 Old 05-12-2011, 07:58 PM
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my sister used to use glue one shoes on her mare when she evented. there would be one or two nails in the show but the rest was glued and she didnt throw them much.

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i prefer barefoot as the horse has better traction whenever possible but if the foot is going to get sore i've used boas and easyboots with decent success. i've heard GREAT things about cavallo boots and they now come with studs so that you can get the same traction as with studded shoes. that may be worth looking into!

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post #5 of 6 Old 05-12-2011, 10:42 PM
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i evented barefoot most of the time but did put front shoes on for 2 events. one was rough gravel on the track and the over was sludge. i got sohes that would grip put on for it.
my new horse has always had front shoes on but he's sore without them, so he's got front shoes on until he goe barefoot.

i only just found out that hoof boots are pony club legal!!

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post #6 of 6 Old 05-13-2011, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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whew I am glad that barefoot is acceptable. I would prefer to keep my guy as such. doing shoes is just a pill.

I've considered and may still do it are some Epona Shoes (EponaShoe Flexible Polyurethane Plastic Horseshoes). Its just finding a person to apply them may be tricky or not ... I've only begun researching them.

depending on the grounds we will remain bare and if the footing is questionable slip on some easy boots which I already have. Will just have to watch the rubbing if there is water.

A place near me called Camelot Equestian Park had red lava rock type material and I was lucky I had a pair of boots (for my other eventing horse) or we'd been toast or least his feet! and no water.
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