To Shoe or not to Shoe a Missouri Foxtrotter?

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To Shoe or not to Shoe a Missouri Foxtrotter?

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    05-28-2011, 09:27 PM
To Shoe or not to Shoe a Missouri Foxtrotter?

I just recently added Cyndy(11 yr. Old Missouri Fox Trotter) to my family.. She has got me riding again.. almost every day. But the question is ? Right now she has flat shoes on , would it be ok for her to go barefoot or put a different type of shoe with some grip on her.? I just had the slick shoes.. She does some sliding around where I ride. Thanks for any advice?
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    05-28-2011, 09:39 PM
Of course you can! My horses are barefoot and I only shoe if I am going to be riding alot of rough terrain like rocky areas. You can find natural barefoot farriers, too!
    05-28-2011, 10:24 PM
    05-28-2011, 10:40 PM
If the horse can go without shoes and stay sound for your use then stay barefoot. If it can't then use shoes appropriate to your use.

Put another way, some horses can stay barefoot and some can't. Do for the horse what the horse is telling you to do!!!

    07-03-2011, 02:24 PM
We stay barefoot unless we're going on a ride that requires shoes.
    07-03-2011, 02:49 PM
It depends on the terain (spellchk) and what your farrier says about how strong they are but second opinions are good so you know they arent just after your money :)
    07-04-2011, 08:37 AM
Thanks all for your info..
    07-04-2011, 08:50 AM
My mare has always been barefoot. I mostly ride her on dirt trails that are grassy. She might occassionally cross the street or something of the sort, but no real work on rough terrain. Yes, I agree with all the above, if they can go barefoot, let them. Unless you have a horse that needs shoes or has been foundered/had some sort of hoof problem, shoes are often not necessary. I trim often though....good trimmings are very imp. If you decide to forego shoes.
    07-04-2011, 12:19 PM
I have located a natural hoof care specialist in my area, he will be visiting us in couple weeks..
    07-04-2011, 12:23 PM
One of my biggest concerns was- since she is a gaited mare would having shoes with heel/toes hurt her natural gait. She is such a great mare I want to do what ever is in her best interest,, but flat shoes do not work where we ride,, she slips quite a bit and I don't want to take a chance of her getting hurt..

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