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    07-10-2012, 08:01 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by mustangnolan    
Don't feel bad about putting on shoes. I am a farrier. Some of my customers go the barefoot route, but some live in more rugged terrain, where it is not fair to their horses to let them go without shoes. Ferrel horses would be a completely different story because they have had time to adapt to their environment. But domesticated horses have been bred for many purposed in the show pen, and sadly, not every horse gets perfect feet. Out in the wild, only the strong survive, leaving easier keepers, but remember most people deal with domesticated horses. Find what is right for you in the way of what type of shoes, but I would highly suggest some sort of protection, before your horse's hooves become worn down into the sensitive lamina.
YAY a farrier's opinion!! Thanks for the feedback...I guess my main concern here is that in the future, if we ever move (eventually we'd like to move to Florida!), I'd like to be able to pull her shoes and have her go barefoot again...since she has never had shoes, I just worry about nailing things into her hooves and what that could potentially do to their integrity in the future.
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    07-10-2012, 08:06 AM
Green Broke
Alright so I took some photos last night, here are some of the front hooves (the ones that are my main concern, the back ones aren't really bad at all). I tried my best to clean them up and make sure my Iphone was focused on them, but some of them didn't turn out so wonderfully and for that I apologize! But this should give you all a better idea of what I'm working with at the moment. So this is 3 weeks after the farrier rasped them last and cleaned them up.
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    07-10-2012, 08:08 AM
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And here are a couple of the backs, they aren't really all that chipped up at all.
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    07-10-2012, 08:20 AM
I'm not a farrier, but in my op her toes are still long, if they were trimmed back and filed for a mustang roll, she'd have no issues. Usually when a farrier trims, they use a flat trim just like they would to put shoes on a horse, so it leaves the toes kind of long. Her hooves look great. Which would explain why you saw all the cracking and splitting. JMO
I would try the rubber shoes, or boots, or try to find a natural hoof trimmer who can do a mustang roll. You could even learn how to do touch ups yourself if you have the time. Good luck!!! P.S. Even if its costly, if it saves your horses hooves, and causes less stress, then I would give it a try...

I have a lot of sites and books on what shoes to do horses hooves, if you would like to see for yourself. (why i'm totally against shoes JMO)
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    07-10-2012, 08:22 AM
Maybe I'm wrong but it looks like your farrier hasn't trimmed enough. When my horse's hooves get long, they tend to crack and chip alot more. Maybe that's the case? Are you using a new farrier?
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    07-10-2012, 08:32 AM
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Hmm yeah I get what you guys are saying...and yes, when I moved to this new barn I switched farriers (mine doesn't come out to this new place). But the guy there is very well respected in the area so I didn't stop to think that perhaps he was leaving her too long? Maybe I should try to find a barefoot trimmer first?? Hmm...glad I posted these on here for sure...
    07-10-2012, 08:40 AM
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Try trailering to your old farrier and have him trim your horses feet first.
If you like and respect his work, see what he thinks of the trim job, then see if his trim works better than the current farrier's trim.
    07-10-2012, 08:45 AM
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Yeah that's a thought, maybe I'll give him a call!
    07-10-2012, 08:48 AM
I think as well that the hooves are chipping because they are too long. Except for one of the fronts, where it looks like the sole callous (toe area) is below the wall. That one would concern me a bit. Is it just that the wall is short or is the angle off? Hmmm... I agree -- have your previous farrier look at her.

As far as transitioning from shoes to barefoot -- as previously posted, lots of people do this with there horses annually. If you have a good farrier that understands the process, there is no reason why you would not be able to go back to barefoot. I don't think shoes are the answer here yet -- not until you have her trim re-evaluated. Then think again about it before you decide.
    07-10-2012, 08:56 AM
If you are unhappy about the trim, you really need to talk to the farrier that did the trim. I think its rude not to, and if you are going to keep using him, he can't fix what he doesnt know is wrong.

I've personally had no trouble at all transitioning horses from shoes to barefoot, you will always hear horror stories and what not, but they are usually cases where the feet arent well taken care of.

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