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post #11 of 17 Old 04-16-2014, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
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He only pulls them when he's being a twit or if we're riding through really mushy territory. When he pulls them in the paddock or the pasture it's either in the spring when it's a swamp (we stopped shoeing in the spring last year because of this) or when he is tearing around bucking like a lunatic in the soft ground.

If he pulled them just walking/trotting/cantering around on good ground I would definitely look at a hoof issue, but that's not the case. It's just in the mushy ground, idiot horse circumstances. Unfortunately I have a lot of mushy ground and he's kind of an idiot sometimes in the pasture and under saddle.

He's usually only shod June, July, Aug, Sept and we go about 6-8 weeks between shoeing, so it's 3, maybe 4 times a year, so when he pulls a shoe twice in a season it's significant for me financially, even if it's not "that" often in the grand scheme of things. Especially because of course he doesn't wait to pull them right when they need to be reset, oh no, he has to do it at the beginning.

I'll look into the venice turpentine and the durasole and talk to my farrier about it. Thank you for your boot recommendations!
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post #12 of 17 Old 04-22-2014, 10:53 PM
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It seems like just with human running shoes, what works best for the individual depends on that individual's foot shape and running style. Easyboots spun around backwards and got ripped off (and in half) by my guy on trail ride, whereas we just finished a 50 in our renegades including plenty of rock, water, hills and mud. See if you can get some used ones to try out for a bit and find out which shape(s) work best for your guy maybe?
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post #13 of 17 Old 04-25-2014, 09:07 AM
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Hey MNT, if your horse is already stepping into his front heels in certain situations then a lot of commercially available hoof boots will annoy you by coming off or breaking. I have a horse who does that, and Renegades work 100% for him, no pulling off boots ever, no breaking anything either. See here for more detail:

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post #14 of 17 Old 04-25-2014, 09:24 AM Thread Starter
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I've heard a lot of good about those, I'll definitely be looking into them.
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post #15 of 17 Old 04-25-2014, 09:29 AM
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My barefoot trimmer recommends the Easyboot Back Country boots. They are the gloves combined with their trail model boot, which theoretically provides the best of both worlds. I've just recently ordered a pair for my horse. I'd be happy to let you know how they work for me. ^_^
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post #16 of 17 Old 06-03-2014, 03:24 PM Thread Starter
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This might be a really stupid question, but I'm bouncing it around in my head anyways...
So you know I was thinking about getting Soda boots instead of shoes, but decided to try the bell boots instead to keep him from ripping off his shoes.

Well, I didn't trim him from November until a couple weeks ago. I know bad owner. lol But his feet didn't look bad and neither of them tend to grow much in the winter. I didn't want to make my farrier brave the weather either and then we had that EHV-1 scare so the farrier wasn't "welcome." So it was really a culmination of things that led to the long timeframe with no farrier.

The thing is... They were both basically fine. Soda flared a bit on his outside hinds, which is normal for him with the way he places his feet. They had length, but the riding this spring was wearing their hooves down nicely, but not quickly enough to make them sore. The extra length seemed to actually help Soda as he was barely, if at all tender on the gravel road. Tbh it was like he had shoes on.

The farrier came out and trimmed them both to the normal length that you would trim a horse. Soda was dead ass lame, even in the paddock as soon as it dried up. Now he's fine again because they've grown out in the last 3 weeks.

Basically my question is about the hind hoof flaring. How bad is it just to leave it be? Like if my regular riding keeps their hooves naturally trimmed to a point where they look good, aren't way long, cracked, or chipped and the only thing that doesn't look so good is the hind hoof flaring on Soda and they are both comfortable and happy to ride. Do I even need to trim their hooves during the riding months?

This is a really odd question for me to even consider, so sorry for the book. I'm kinda thinking as I'm typing.
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post #17 of 17 Old 06-03-2014, 03:41 PM Thread Starter
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Oh nevermind, apparently I was/am having a brain fart day. Someone just reminded me that flaring can lead to separation. Somedays... I think I need more sleep.
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