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post #1 of 6 Old 08-07-2014, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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Horse Keeps Losing Shoes

My boy keeps losing his front shoes/pads. Lost one last week, so we trailered to the farrier - who is 70 miles away (one way). He fixed it for free, but now, one week later, the other shoe & pad came off. Our next farrier visit is scheduled for 8/21 at our barn. We are on a six week schedule.

I don't really feel comfortable waiting until then, because I assume it is not good for a horse to stand higher on one foot, even if it's not that much. I would think it causes problems for his hips, back, etc.

What do you do when this happens fairly close to the next farrier appointment - do you leave it, pull off the other shoe, or get your horses to the farrier right away? We love or farrier and want to stick with him, even though there would be others who are closer. Any thoughts?

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post #2 of 6 Old 08-07-2014, 06:54 PM
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Shoes and pads tend to come off easier than just shoes. If you gorilla tape the thrown shoes and pad back on, it will stay on for a day or two. I have done it, but I used duct tape, lots of it, when I had mare with eggbars and pads, gorilla tape is way more stronger and sticks much, much better as well. If you can't find the shoe, it's ok, unless that horse needs the pads for a therapeutic package, eg, navicular. The pad only raises that foot a fraction of an inch and because the horse's shoulders are not a "real" joint, but rather hung on muscle he can adapt to the slight difference just fine for awhile until you can get to the farrier.
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post #3 of 6 Old 08-07-2014, 10:24 PM
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I wouldn't ride a horse who has thrown a front shoe. They carry most of their weight on the front and you could very well put their back out. I would pull the other front if you can do so without damaging the hoof.
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Generally, I try to avoid using a horse with only 1 shoe too much. However, if they throw one when you're 10-15 miles from the house/trailer, there's not much option. You either ride or walk and I've never had one really suffer from it unless the footing was bad and made them sore on the bare foot.

Normally, I pull the other shoe just because, but I have the knowledge and tools to do it effectively. If you don't, I would just wait for the farrier. I doubt the horse will suffer any long-lasting effects from being half shod for a few days.
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If the horse is in wedge pads, losing it will potentially strain the flexor tendons so do NOT pull the other shoe. Wrap the bare foot up, and get to the farrier as soon as you can. If the horse is in flat pads simply for protective reasons and the farrier us is due soon anyway keep the horse in somewhere soft or boot him until the farrier can get to him.

By the way as an aside... frequently lost shoes is nearly always a farrier problem, due to improper hoof balancing and/or break over issues. If there is more sole surface (or shoe) in front of the widest part of the sole than behind, you have a problem. It should be equal ratios, or less in front and more behind .
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Thanks for the great advice! I would never ride Montana with a shoe missing, but he's in a big turnout and loves to run around. Unfortunately, I don't have the knowledge to pull off the other shoe. I will try the duct tape/Gorilla tape solution today and get him through until Monday. I called our farrier and he will make a special trip on Monday afternoon to fix it.
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