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post #21 of 28 Old 04-26-2013, 11:37 AM
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How is it possible that barefoot costs as much as keeping a horse shod? My guy gets a trim every 6 weeks for $30. (less often in winter) When he has his sliders on, it runs me a MINIMUM of $100 every 6 weeks to reset them.


I said, per se...and I should have been more clear, I meant if you decide to trim yourself (which is why I said it depends on how valuable your time is to you). In which case (if you decide to do it yourself) in the long run, yes, it is highly probable that it will save you money and the more horses you have the more probable that is. But, it will only "save" you the delta, not "all of what it would have cost" to shoe. And, it depends on how much shoeing cost you, e'g., when I went barefoot I used my horses for work and shoeing or trimming cost me nothing, so no delta. But, if one goes from paying for shoeing or trimming to doing it themselves, good equipment, and training (including an expert checking your work) is not "free". Which is why I said the best investment is education - which not only allows one to better determine if someone has trimmed or shod correctly which is a cost and "health" savings, it allows one to make an educated decision concerning to shoe or not.
OP said nothing about doing it herself, so to include the price of equipment and education is not applicable. Not sure where you got that from. She simply asked shoeing vs barefoot. She uses a farrier.

Alberta-yes many farriers will do that, but the issue quickly becomes having enough foot left to nail to if they have ripped a couple off.

I think you are smart to try without OP, since you don't use your horse "hard". Can't hurt.

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Superficial chipping is no big deal at all. It will happen to the healtiest hoof as the b evel grows out and gets flatter in between good trims. Have your farrier give you an old rasp and show you how to touch up the roll around the edge of the hoof in between trims. Its easy as pie.
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Originally Posted by hberrie View Post
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.
It isn't unusual at all when shod horses first go barefoot for the hoof to chip due to the weakened area where the nails were. Once the nail holes grow out it is much better.

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Here's a little story. If he needs shoes and chips, get them.

I bought my mare from an auction because she was bred and they didn't know what she was bred to. Stupid reason right? Well anyways, she had shoes on. Since I wasn't big into riding down the road or what not, I got her shoes removed and her walking barefoot. After my farrier left, I noticed she was a bit tenderfooted just on the dirt in the pasture, and within thirty minutes her feet were chipping. I called him up and he told me that she would just need time to adjust because she's been wearing shoes for a while. So I gave her time. I walked back out there a few hours earlier and she was limping very badly on both front legs. I pulled her feet up and what do you know. Her hooves were bruised. I called my farrier out and told him I wanted her feet checked. He checked them and they were very tender and soft feet. So he put shoes on her. I never noticed this but, for three years he just slapped a pointed toe shoe on my mares foot. Never shaped her foot roundly. Her feet are SO terrible now. Once I changed farriers, her feet are sorted out and round, and boy she is a happy horse. My point in this is, make sure your farrier knows he is actually helping your horse and not burdening him. If your horse needs shoes, get them. My mare went through a deal of bruised feet because we had no idea her feet were so tender and soft. The chipping hurts after a while too, especially if you grow into a split of he's walking unevenly. It also may show you he's walking on his toes or heels or something.
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Originally Posted by Aesthetic View Post
Here's a little story. If he needs shoes and chips, get them.

I bought my mare from an auction because she was bred and they didn't know what she was bred to. .
Off topic, but I am curious....so you bought her for the suspense of surprise...and.....did she have a beautiful baby?

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Originally Posted by Missy May View Post
Off topic, but I am curious....so you bought her for the suspense of surprise...and.....did she have a beautiful baby?
I was young when we bought her, and we were interested in a foaling experience. My dad thought it would be a great experience for me. She had a gorgeous colt(:
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I have 4 horses and a donkey. Our Appy needs shoes because he has softer feet and when we got him, his heels were really low. He has improved but needs to be monitored and shod.

My KMSH is working on going barefoot. When we got her a year ago, her feet had been neglected and needed corrective shoeing. Started on barefoot this winter and her feet look great so far!

My paint has hooves of steel that hardly even need a trim! She wears boots on gravel. We do ride on gravel, sometimes as big as 2", but mostly on dirt and finer gravel. We will also be riding on pavement at our new place, so barefoot and/or boots seem best.

We also have a 3 yo rescued filly, we think she is Appendix. She is huge now! She grew from 14' 3 hh to 16'1hh in a year. She has TINY feet and keeps getting white line in one. Not sure what she will need, but I totally trust my ferrier's opinion. So far, she is barefoot while she is still growing up and doing very little work.

My ferrier never seems over eager to shoe. In fact, she prefers barefoot if the horse can do it. She also tells me we don't need to pick out the hoof as much as we thought we should. She says if they are walking sound, leave em because the dirt in the hoof acts like a cushion. Once a week to check the hoof is adequate. Except our filly, whom we clean often to treat her little problem.

I'm sure if you have a good ferrier and talked to him/her about barefoot, you will get good advice for your horse. So, based on my limited experience, it depends on the horse.
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