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post #11 of 14 Old 03-25-2012, 11:00 PM
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My point is that the more you are changing stuff on him that isn't neccessary, you are only opening him up to the possibility of unsoundness.

My horse, since he has been doing 3rd level and now doing the small tour (dressage) has needed shoes simply because of the stresses put on them. He has good solid feet, but working hard for 6 days a week was putting a toll on them. Shoes, when applied properly, can also help affect how the foot flies, takes weight, etc.. For example my horse has the heels of his shoes extended behind his hooves and wears a type of shoe which has a large weight bearing surface which allow him to stay on top of the footing and make him more stable on his 4 feet. I have noticed quite a difference with the heel extentions.

With a jumping horse, the thought behind shoeing them is a lot the same, but with subtle differences as traction is more important (so your horse's shoes are not as flat as my horse's shoes), etc...

Don't fix what isn't broken is my opinion.
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post #12 of 14 Old 03-25-2012, 11:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Oxer View Post

MyBoyPuck, what would be the purpose of keeping shoes in front and pulling the ones in back. This is interesting to me. I've never seen anyone do that.
It's just splitting the difference I guess for those who want to have a barefoot horse, but feel the need for shoes for higher end work. Hinds are easier to transition and the hooves develop a nice concavity to them quickly in most cases. Most of the horses I learned to jump on were only shod in front. Many don't seem to need shoes back there. The reduced concussion of being barefoot would probably help any hock problems or other hind end things from becoming a problem down the road.

Ultimately I'm in the school of thought of "if it ain't broke don't fix it". I was trying to fix quite a few things. In my horse's case, it improved his gaits and got rid of some other nagging problems to boot. In your case, I probably would not do a thing.

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post #13 of 14 Old 03-25-2012, 11:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Oxer View Post
... but i'm not entirely sure what purpose shoes serve on a horse that is ridden in soft footing and lives in clean/soft bedding.
Very little if the horse has a limited work load.

I was under the impression that shoes were mainly for horses that live in inclement weather/areas or are worked over hard or unforgiving ground.
There are plenty of other reasons such as traction, protection and correction to name a few.

What purpose does the shoe serve in regards to jumping big?
Come to think of it... i've never seen a barefoot grand prix horse!
Front shoes help protect the foot landing, hinds give traction jumping as well as protection and traction landing.

If i were to decide to pull his shoes, it would be for the winter only. Then in the summer he would be back in shoes. He is usually leased from me in the summer, and will likely be shown so i would have him in shoes during that time.
Shouldn't be a problem.

what would be the purpose of keeping shoes in front and pulling the ones in back. This is interesting to me. I've never seen anyone do that.
Horses bare a larger majority of their weight on the fronts as well as a majority of there lameness' hence the general use of front shoes only on horses that don't have to work very hard most of the time.

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