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    11-06-2011, 01:00 PM
Green Broke
I do it every time I go out to the barn, which if not everyday, is every other day. I always pic out his feet! I've seen quite bad feet from not picking them out.

I also do it due to when I first got my guy, it took me a good month before he would let me do it, so I make sure it is something we always do
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    11-06-2011, 01:04 PM
I pick everyday. It seems to depend on where you live and how often you ride?
    11-06-2011, 03:27 PM
I pick my horses feet before and after I ride. That way if theres a rock or something stuck in there he wont go lame. Just gives me a peace of mind
    11-06-2011, 03:33 PM
Originally Posted by stacysills02    
i pick my horses feet before and after I ride. That way if theres a rock or something stuck in there he wont go lame. Just gives me a peace of mind
I agree- 5 min is any easy trade for no worries! Of course, I only have two horses. I don't know how this would work in a big barn!
    11-06-2011, 03:35 PM
Daily for most, before & after rides. My older lesson ladies only get 3 or 4 times a week when they get brough in for lessons. My weanling, 3 times a day as part of our short training sessions.
    11-06-2011, 04:21 PM
Every time before I ride and sometimes after I ride if I've gone out on a trail.
    11-07-2011, 02:08 AM
I pick before I ride or anytime I groom. My horse has shoes on all fours and has a long stride at the walk as it is. Even with bell boots you can hear the occasionally clinking of his shoes together at the walk. Because of this I check to make sure his shoes are in order still. Also I live in the rainiest state in the US so he is in mud for about 10 to 11 months of the year so picking is a must to keep thrush away.
    11-07-2011, 02:13 AM
As much as I can- daily, before a ride, after a ride, etc. Its a skill that used to terrify me, so I take a little pride in knowing that now its the one grooming exercise that calms me down. That, and if my gelding is being testy that day, I can usually tell by now eager he is to cooperate with hoof work.
    11-07-2011, 04:41 AM
Only when they seem off, I do pick up thier hooves maybe once a week though and have a quick look over them..

I have several horses in varying levels of work, kept out on 20acres of varying terrain 24/7, the ground is dry apart from the creek crossings and around the dam.

I do carry a pocket knife with me when I ride so if my horse picks up a stone I can easily flick it out.
    11-07-2011, 07:06 AM
A horses hooves should be picked out everyday - at least* Grooming is a great time to carry this out but also before and after every time you ride and turn out, the reason for this is that every time your horse moves around, whether it be on a riding school, a grass paddock, a dirt track, a road ect, its hooves are at risk getting a stone or a piece of wood chip wedged in it or having wet mud, sand of even feaces or urine soaked shavings from its stable compacted in it, so imagine that you do go to the effort of cleaning your horses hooves before you ride, it has a lovely gallop through a field but its hooves become full of wet mud and stones and you return it to its stable after your ride thinking "its ok, I have already picked his hooves out" but what you don't realise is that now your loyal little has to stand in its stable for the next couple of hours, or even over night, with with wet muddy/stone filled hooves. Imagine if it was the other way round and you had to live with wet mud and stones in between your toes.

Hope this helps.

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