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post #11 of 17 Old 06-03-2013, 03:53 PM
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I believe that shoeless is almost always better, and healthier for the horse. There are a few exceptions where shoes are appropriate, but if I were you I would take off the shoes if the horse is doing good. Ask your farrier what they think. :)
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post #12 of 17 Old 06-03-2013, 04:13 PM
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I agree with most of the other posters: barefoot is best, but some horses are more comfortable with shoes.

Talk to your farrier and take his opinion into your decision. Since he is handling the foot, he will be able to tell you his opinion on that particular horse. Plus will be able to help make the transition to barefoot.

And if you remove shoes and he is too sore, just put them back on. Certainly an easy fix if barefoot isn't right for your horse :)
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post #13 of 17 Old 06-04-2013, 10:41 AM
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^^A GOOD farrier/hoof care practitioner should be able to advise well & objectively, but IME there are just so many more bad/average/ill educated ones out there, that unless the owner is well informed already, it's just blind faith taking a trimmer's word for anything. Unfortunately there's no short cuts to owners educating themselves.
Totally agree with this. I just figured that farriers knew what they were doing until (with help from this forum) I became educated on the hoof. I now have a base understanding of the parts, shape, and function of the hoof. Also I'm beginning to understand angels. All of this helps me weather I am trimming myself or am having someone do it for me. I suggest you learn as much as you can and then make your decision. Good luck.
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Totally agree with this. I just figured that farriers knew what they were doing until (with help from this forum) I became educated on the hoof. I now have a base understanding of the parts, shape, and function of the hoof. Also I'm beginning to understand angels. All of this helps me weather I am trimming myself or am having someone do it for me. I suggest you learn as much as you can and then make your decision. Good luck.
Yes educate yourself on hoofs best thing I ever did now I at least know a good farrier from a not so good one. Iv learned a lot on this forum so now I can make better choices when hiring a farrier or trimmer.
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Also I'm beginning to understand angels.
Agree mostly with your post Bold, but I'm not sure I even believe in angels, let alone understand what they're on about. Are you talking about the guardian type??
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I need a spelling angel for sure!

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I just pulled my Thoroughbred mare's shoes a few weeks ago. She had been front shod for a
6 years off the track and her racetrack years as well. She had awesome, healthy hooves, and I asked myself why I had her in shoes. We foxhunt in the late summer months, but she has very tough feet and we primarily exercise on dirt trails year-round.

I'm very happy that my farrier and I decided to pull them. If a horse can go barefoot, I'm all for leaving him barefoot. Then again, I have a second Thoroughbred with bad feet that my farrier is working to correct with shoes. He's in heavy work and his hooves would not hold up to the stress load without them.

Talk to your farrier and see what he thinks. It might be worth trying barefoot to see how she does!
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