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        07-06-2013, 10:04 AM
    Not all horses can go barefoot I know mine can't the wear exceeds the growth. Boots get trashed in a matter of 2 to 3 weeks. My horses shoes are paper thin in 4 weeks time have to have him shod every 4 to 5 weeks.

    Tryed boots and they don't work for our riding and trails. So shoes it is for our horses.
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        07-06-2013, 04:02 PM
    My horse has been barefoot since I got him over a year ago. I can't afford to have a farrier come out to put shoes on and I'm more than comfortable trimming him myself. I assumed his feet would toughen up over time. Not the case. After almost a year I bought some Renegade hoof boots. They are amazing! Never really have to worry about them coming off and they are so easy to put on. I do have to trim him every couple of weeks to ensure the boots fit correctly but I was practically doing that anyways to take care of any chips and thing. I would definitely recommend them. I love barefoot horses. Every horse I've had has been barefoot and this is the first one that hasn't taken to it well. Good luck!
        07-06-2013, 04:23 PM
    Both horses I went to look at today had front and back shoes. They also have white feet. I won't be bothering with barefoot if I buy either of them.
        07-06-2013, 05:40 PM
    If you are concerned that white hooves are weaker than black, don't be. Hoof strength depends more on the breed of horse and the moisture content of the hoof. Poor nutrition can also be an issue. Then you get the odd individual who is unfortunately born with crummy hooves despite the breed, good diet and the best of farriery care!

    My Appy mare had two striped and two white hooves and they were like granite. The same goes for my Welsh cob x. The TB x has one white hoof which is the same strength as the three black ones. The Dartmoor has four black hooves and they are no tougher to trim than the others (though it's more back breaking because he's tiny!).

    The colour of the hoof is influenced by the skin colour closest to the hoof. White hooves show up damage, eg bruising, that you wouldn't necessarily notice on a black hoof. - this is probably where the Old Wives Tale originated from.

    A white hooved horse is no less likely to be able to transition to barefoot. Just bear in mind the above factors.
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        07-06-2013, 06:00 PM
    All the horses we had ever owned never got shod. They did just fine on every type of ground as well.
        07-06-2013, 06:02 PM
    Green Broke
    Both my QH and Morgan are barefoot, and their hooves are very healthy with farrier trims every 6 to 8 weeks :)

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