Originally Posted by hberrie
The last time I had my horse shod he threw both front shoes the next week so I feel like I wasted my money. It was with a new farrier I was trying out(but others at the barn use him and he's fine). How can I tell if he needs to have shoes on? I will be riding in pastures and grassy areas. He does seems to chip easily on the front of his hooves...Is this a big deal? I want to do what is healthiest for him, but also most economic for me. Give me your opinions. Thanks :)
Our gelding did not have shoes for a long time... he would NOT let anyone shoe him. Trim and ride with no problems but we did/do use hoof treatments. After a couple of years of working with him, we get shoes on the front.
Pleasure rider but on some nasty stoney areas. We have had no issues other then in our heads in the beginning and we moved past that since the horse did.
Talk with your farrier but also see if his hooves are in good condition to hold the "nails".