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