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post #1 of 28 Old 04-25-2013, 05:35 PM Thread Starter
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I would like to not have to shoe my horse

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 :)
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Talk to your farrier. Any horse that needs shoes should get them, regardless of the cost. Your money situation shouldn't play into it at all, just the health of the horse.

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Some people on here say that shoes cause health issues and it is more natural and humane to go without them. I don't really trust the farriers because they make more money putting shoes on. IMO they are shoe salesman. I will do what is best for the health of my horse, I Just wanted a more unbiased opinion than that of the farrier who is making $$$ putting shoes on.
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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".

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Yea your cost has nothing to do with what the horse needs. I sure as heck don't like paying for shoes but my horse needs them in the summer due to the terrain we ride on. But if your horse threw both fronts within a week I'm betting on something wasn't done right. That is not normal. Maybe your horse needs bell boots on 24/7 when shod, maybe the farrier did something wrong/different that didn't work with your horse. Talk to your farrier and ask his opinion, if it sounds like bs try a different farrier.

Not all farriers are shoe salesman. I use a farrier not a barefoot trimmer and my farrier would rather my horse go barefoot but she needs what she needs.
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Some people on here say that shoes cause health issues and it is more natural and humane to go without them. I don't really trust the farriers because they make more money putting shoes on. IMO they are shoe salesman. I will do what is best for the health of my horse, I Just wanted a more unbiased opinion than that of the farrier who is making $$$ putting shoes on.
IMHO, that has nothing to do with whether the person is a farrier or not, that comes down to the individual morals of the person. My brother is a farrier and he is definitely not a "shoe salesman" as you say.

A good farrier will tell you true whether a horse can go without shoes or not and then work with you (and your vet if necessary) to get the horse to have the healthiest possible feet he can have....regardless of whether that's barefoot or shod.

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An alternative would be hoof boots. They work great for some horses and riders.

Why are you shoeing your horse? Is it lame walking around where it lives or lame on trail rides/working? If the foot is just chipping, have the farrier roll the edges of the wall more strongly and have them show you how to touch up the roll with a rasp in between trimming appointments. Thee is no need to shoe a sound horse that can perform his job barefoot just because of superficial chips. If they are big chips, you are probably going too long in between trims and the foot is self trimming.

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Pics would be nice to help people see more your problem and give advice. I always lean toward barefoot if at all possible for the sake of the horses feet and joints. Sometimes that is not possible but with work and patience it usually. You can always buy some easy boots or old macs for riding and leave him barefoot in the pasture.
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Well I will definitely go back to my old farrier because he never threw shoes before this . I tried a barefoot trimmer once and I loved how he shaped the hoof, unfortunately it wasn't long before the hoof started to chip and crack. So I guess my guy probably is just not a good barefoot candidate.
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You might also want to try a supplement to help with the brittleness of his hoof wall.
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