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post #61 of 85 Old 07-11-2012, 12:41 PM
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Toe length of 3.5" seems reasonable. My girl runs about 3.25" I believe. I'd check my books to be sure, but I have lent them out. Did the new farrier say anything about the one front hoof where the sole seems lower than the toe wall? Pic #7 above.

Rasping is certainly all that would have been needed. I never seem to clip hooves. If they are done on a reasonable schedule, clipping shouldn't be necessary. I hope the new farrier works out for you! :)
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post #62 of 85 Old 07-11-2012, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for answering about the toe length! He didn't say anything about the rest but I wasn't there, I had to work. Next time when I'm not as desperate to get her done I'll see if I can get him to come out when I can get out of work.

Best part was, he did today free of charge! He's very nice and took the time afterwards to text me and explain it all to me (we are both texters so it works out well haha)
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Well he texted today and said I might want to consider front shoes, as did my old farrier when he saw the pics...just as a precaution. So this morning for the first time in her life my mare got front shoes put on! I feel good though that I'm doing what's best to protect her hooves and they both said as soon as this drought is gone I could probably pull them and go back to barefoot maybe this fall/over the winter!
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I'll bet your horse was walking funny with her new shoes! LOL. When the time comes to put her back to barefoot, with a good farrier and your attention I'm sure she'll do fine.
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Ha, you all from the nice silt, lome and sandy soils, I love the way you think of shoes I have never had a horse that did not have shoes. One that I was riding anyway.

Never have the shoes affected the hooves, as long as the shoes were put on correctly, and as a matter of a fact I would not have a hoof if it were not for the shoes.

Good for you for being a proactive owner.
I would love to see photos of cinderella in her new slippers.
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Taffy, I don't understand your comment about sand, silt and loamy soils.

Shoes DEFINITELY affect the hooves. Common sense -- your shoes affect your feet too. If they didn't then no one would put them on and others wouldn't be dead set against them. Few people are as open-minded as Hoofprints. The difficulty is deciding upon the right solution for each horse in each environment and finding a good farrier/trimmer.
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I'll bet your horse was walking funny with her new shoes! LOL. When the time comes to put her back to barefoot, with a good farrier and your attention I'm sure she'll do fine.
HAHA she was! but a couple minutes later, she had this stretchy free moving AWESOME walk goin on!! I hope it translates under saddle (and wasn't just because she wanted to get turned out reeeeeeeally badly lol)

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Ha, you all from the nice silt, lome and sandy soils, I love the way you think of shoes I have never had a horse that did not have shoes. One that I was riding anyway.

Never have the shoes affected the hooves, as long as the shoes were put on correctly, and as a matter of a fact I would not have a hoof if it were not for the shoes.

Good for you for being a proactive owner.
I would love to see photos of cinderella in her new slippers.
haha yeah, it's all relative! In FL for example, I know soooo many more barefoot horses than up here...but in that sandy soil, more can afford to be! Up here the soil isn't too bad, but it can be rocky in spots, and combined with the ultra dry summer we've been having AND her new barn being an all-limestone arena footing, we were going to start getting into trouble if I didn't put them on her.

I'm happy with my choice and I always said for the past almost 4 years I've owned her now, that if she ever NEEDED shoes I would put them on her, but she hadn't...up until now. Now she needs them, so she has them And here they are, in all their glory! Haha

Since the farrier did a rounded rasping yesterday (when he thought she could stay barefoot), he had to use a bit of epoxy to fill in the gaps for her shoes today, but in 6 1/2 weeks when he comes back out to reset the shoes, he said she'll have plenty of growth them for him to trim her hooves down to the perfect fit!

Here's the "before" shot, after the farrier had cleaned them up yesterday:


Here's her first one on!




And here they are all finished up with epoxy (he was like ooooh if I'd have known we were going to do shoes today I wouldn't have rounded off the edges so much!) haha


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Taffy, I don't understand your comment about sand, silt and loamy soils.

Shoes DEFINITELY affect the hooves. Common sense -- your shoes affect your feet too. If they didn't then no one would put them on and others wouldn't be dead set against them. Few people are as open-minded as Hoofprints. The difficulty is deciding upon the right solution for each horse in each environment and finding a good farrier/trimmer.
Just commenting on the fact that equestrians from nice soft soil areas, have the liberty to make the choice of whether to shoe or not to shoe.
Here in my area there is no choice, if you want to ride the trails you put shoes on your horse.

I was stupid enough to try it once without shoes, I had just bought a draft X from OK and she had been barefoot her entire life, before I got shoes on her I took her to the park to show her off. I had planned on riding the easy chat covered trails, well we made it about 1/3 mile and had to turn around and go home. You should have heard my cousin chastizing me for my stupidity.


No one here was saying anything negative about the OP. On the contrary, I think it is great that although she believes barefoot is better, she realized that in this instance her horse is better off with shoes.

I guess I should have said, "Shoes do not negatively affect the horses feet if put on properly."
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Cinderella has her shoes!!!!

Looking good.
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