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post #1 of 28 Old 08-11-2013, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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I decided to get my horse shoed...

I decided it'd be best to get Apollo shoed...Since he has come to me he has gained 200+ pounds and still has a ton of muscle to pack on on top of that. His feet turn out so it causes him to distribute his weight differently and his feet splay rather quickly. I feel they start splaying faster and faster as time goes on, which I guess makes sense considering he is gaining weight and muscle as days go on. Plus I am starting jumping with him and will be going trail riding more often later this fall, so the shoes will help him in that aspect as well.

So tomorrow morning around 8 o'clock Apollo is getting some spiffy new shoes!

In all honesty I have never cared for, or ridden a horse with shoes...is there anything I should be aware of? Will he feel different while riding? Will his feet be sore for a couple days? Do I need to get him seen by a farrier more often because he is shoed? I'm going to talk to my farrier about this tomorrow but I just want your guys' opinions and advise...Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 28 Old 08-11-2013, 10:33 PM
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If you don't like shoes, why would you put them on him?

A lot of people learn how to take care of trimming their horses feet themselves. Check out this web site for awesome info: Bare Foot Horse Then you will be able to keep up with trimming often enough that you can get ahead of the issues that are causing his feet to "splay". His feet are probably stretched out way long and white line disease has probably set in. Once white line disease sets in, the hoof just continues to pry itself apart as it grows out and applies pressure to the weakened, stretched lamina.

If you can take pictures and post them here, there are a few real good hoof folks that can offer suggestions on how best to repair his feet!

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post #3 of 28 Old 08-11-2013, 11:52 PM
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He shouldn't be sore after shoeing, if he were then you'd want to be talking to your farrier!

The only fundamentally different things are umm:

- you need to be pretty good at picking his feet out every day as shoed feet are more likely to trap stones which can cause bruising or more.

- he will cause more damage when he kicks and this is particularly relevant if he is kept in a herd situation

- you will be poorer and will probably be spending far more money on his shoes than your own

- if you go on rough terrain or gravel roads, with shoes on he will be more comfortable and less likely to try to take you to the soft grass edges

- if you ride on icy surfaces in the winter a shoed horse will slip more and you will need to be aware of this.

I had fully shod horses in the UK, and my two are supposed to be shoeless now. Riley had to have front shoes on this summer because of a hoof problem, but will be going naked again in November I think. Either way has slight advantages, and both can work.

I hope it goes well, and that your farrier does a good job. Oh, and that he looks super smart with his nice new shoes.

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post #4 of 28 Old 08-12-2013, 12:01 AM
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On average, a horse should be able to go 6-8 weeks between shoeings. Of course, there are some that need it more often and some that can go longer. That will be something to work out over time with your farrier.

Are you familiar enough with farrier work to spot a good job (or a bad one) when you see it?

If not, you might want to post some pictures pre and post shoeing here. There are lots of really knowledgeable folks who can let you know whether the farrier did a decent job or not and if there is anything you might want to address or discuss with him next time.
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I didn't think to take pictures afterwards, but I will when I go out tomorrow! I also forgot to mention, he is only got front shoes not a full set...I should have made that clear in my first post.

But the farrier is very, very highly rated and has rave reviews and I trust him. I don't know a WHOLE lot about shoeing or farrier work, but I feel I could tell a good job from a bad job. I do have to say his front feet do look a million and one times better than they did barefoot.
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post #6 of 28 Old 08-12-2013, 07:24 PM
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People rag on shoes anymore. But in my opinion unless you don't ride your horses in the pasture or arena you are better off with shoes than without. I just grin on trail rides when I see people trying (mostly without success) to keep their horses off the edges of the trail because their mounts have sore feet. The same people give you the "look" when they see your horse with shoes. Whether you want your horse to be shod is a choice and you should chose what is best for your horse and not your wallet. Just be aware if you have shoes on with no road studs or borium on them you need to be careful on hard surface roads and other solid footing. I personally run all four with borium and (knock on wood) have never had a problem with soundness issues due to hoof problems. Just my two cents
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LOL, that's just what I was pondering today, TW. My colt that I'm riding weighs 1500 pounds and his feet aren't the best quality (thank you, Belgian momma). I took him to work one day before he was shod and by the end of that one day, he'd worn his feet down so much that he was slightly ouchy on all 4 unless I rode him in rock-free sand or on the grass.

Just today, I was jogging him down the middle of a caliche road and he never gimped once...because he's got shoes.
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FaydesMom, I think she meant that she has never had to care for a horse with shoes, not- she never cared for- in the way of dislike.

Trailwalker, I agree, I don't see how a good shoeing job should be anything to look down ones' nose about especially if it makes the horse more comfortable in its work situation.
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I have a friend who has been wait for TWO YEARS for her horses feet to "toughen up". Where we ride is always very rocky and this poor horse is gimping even in the sandy parts! There are certain trails we can't even take because of the horse.

IMO, you need to do what's best for your horse. If he needs shoes, he needs shoes... It's not the end of the world. If he goes fine without them that's really great too! I know several horses who have never taken a lame step barefoot and those who need shoes to stay sound. Each horse is different!
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Shoes, no shoes, don't change much really. It's a as needed horse by horse debate.
Whatever works, roll with it, i tend to stay barefoot, I like strong hooves. But I tend to be a lil brash also.
Sore gimpy, slap em on and lets ride. It's all about making the horse sound. If, their fine barefoot, I say do it for sure! If they are sissy's and every pea stone is a major event, shoe and pad.
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