Originally Posted by Jake and Dai
gunslinger, I'd like to be educated as well.
You mentioned you keep your TWH barefoot. Is she trimmed the "regular" way? Just meaning, does her hoof look the same as, say, a QH's hoof and not naturally stacked?
Inquiring minds want to know.
I apologize for speaking ahead/out of turn of Gunslinger BUT:
All three of my TWH's are trimmed according to what their hooves require by birth NOT because their papers say they are Tennessee Walkers.
When I was trail riding in the wilds like Gunslinger still does, I had two TWH's.
The TWH with a less-than-Grade-1 club hoof has such tough hooves, he remained barefoot (no boots) but to be honest, I didn't put near the hours on him that I did the other TWH. Nonetheless, I could take him up in the rock hills 3 - 4 hours and he would come back with perfect (no chips) hooves and never lame.
There were a few times I put shoes on him, if I wasn't sure just how much rock we had to ride in but he's been with me 16-1/2 of his 19 years and he has never come up lame.
The other TWH wore St. Croix rim shoes. No kegs - not ever. For all intents and purposes, yes, you could say he wore Quarter Horse shoes and got his hooves trimmed that way.
The reality was he got his hooves trimmed the way he needed them trimmed because he's a horse first; breed doesn't matter when it comes to the hooves, as far as I'm concerned.
Then I put those "d**n Quarter Horse shoes" on him, as some TWH folks liked to call them