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    11-12-2011, 12:09 AM
Hey Casey,I'm curious about your opposition to shoes on a horse.Everyone has their own reasoning for or against and there's no one correct answer I suppose.I am genuinely interested,as I have always shod mine for working conditions and terrain,and pulled shoes at home and when turned out.Thanx.
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    11-12-2011, 12:32 AM
Every time I ride or groom I pick out my horse's feet. It is an important part of the grooming process and essential to hoof health.
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    11-15-2011, 12:03 PM
When they are not ridden: once a day, every day, without exception.

When they are ridden: once before and once after, without exception

When we bought our Belgian draft, her previous owner warned us that she is prone to thrush and gets it all the time. So we bought alot of thrush medication, to be prepared. That was two and a half years ago, and all the thrush meds are still unopened and unused.

This horse who was thrush prone, never gets it now....and her feet are picked every day...perhaps that is the reason?!
    11-15-2011, 06:15 PM
I try my best to pick them out every day (I feel bad when I miss a day, but its hard to get out to the barn on some days) as well as before and after a ride.
Like everyone else said, a horse's feet are very important. The more you check them, the sooner you will find something wrong before it has time to escalate.
Also, as a few other people mentioned, I HATE thrush, and regularly picking the feet gets the air in there and helps pervent thrush.
    11-15-2011, 06:31 PM
I pick Mitch's out everyday, usually twice a day. Also before and after a ride. He has all four shoes on and during the winter had several bouts of lamenesses, all caused by abscesses or puncture wounds, even though I was picking his hooves out twice a day. So for me, I can't really afford to not pick out his hooves twice a day, it's all routine to me now.
    11-27-2011, 07:11 AM
I currently pick out both of mine about once or twice a day. I've had recent issues with flyblown feet on both of my ponies which is why I'm generally picking out twice a day.

Otherwise I'd probably only do them every couple of days - their paddock is gravel free, they aren't being ridden out anywhere and they're in the dry diet paddock so no mud.
    11-27-2011, 09:58 AM
Before I ride, every time. After, if I've been riding anywhere but in the sandy ring. If the weather is nasty and I can't ride for a couple of days, I'll bring him into the barn for grooming (and a coat-check) and he gets his hooves picked out then too.
    12-01-2011, 12:13 AM
Pretty much daily. There might be the odd day that they don't, but it's mainly just to make sure I catch anything early. Never worry about rocks or anything, since we don't have rocks here. Any rocks in this area were imported :)) Mine live in a pasture. No bedding, etc... to get packed into the hoof.

I did find an acorn a couple of times, but I doubt it was going to be a problem.

At the least I'd probably recommend picking out and checking a horses feet ever other day if all they do is hang out in the pasture. It's always good to check on the condition. Always would recommend it when riding.

You can't really clean the dirt out of the hoof too often (bit like washing your hands :)) ), but if you neglect them you could miss a problem developing.
    12-01-2011, 03:03 AM
Green Broke
I pick everyday unless I am super busy and can't.
    12-01-2011, 04:24 AM
When I rode in the desert (hard ground with lots of stones), I picked out my horses hooves before and after every ride, as did every other rider at the barn, as far as I could tell.

Here in Ireland where the ground is very soft and there are fewer stones I pick out my horse's hooves before every ride, but not after. However, I noticed that I am the ONLY out of about 40 boarders who does this on a regular, frequent basis.

It take all of 2 minutes and can make the difference between a ridable horse and a lame horse.

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