01-01-2012, 09:44 PM
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My farrier, who is amazing, believes that the gaited horse's hoof should be trimmed to fit the foot, not the shoe. So, my TWH goes in a regular shoe (just like my quarter horses) with a trim to match her leg and foot angles. She can do 7.3 MPH at a running walk on gravel....even faster and smoother on a dirt trail but I haven't clocked that. So, I vote for simple shoeing instead of anything else with weighted shoes or longer toes or whatever. Your friend's horse will still gait with 'natural feet' if it's a natural gait vs a mechanically-induced gait. Caution, though - those show muscles are different from trail muscles...and it will take time to loosen the first and strengthen the latter. Her horse might take a spell where it wants to pace instead of running walk, because it's easier for some horses, so make sure she knows if she starts to shift from side to side in the saddle, to make sure the horse isn't pacing. Have her slow down and start over to build speed. Have fun!