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    12-30-2011, 02:57 PM
Leave on or replace?

I'm taking my horse away for 3 days next Friday, and his shoes are a liiiiittle tight at the moment. I'm debating to have his shoes replaced, but the farrier can only come on Wednesday. Is there more of a chance that he'll go lame form hard work in new shoes or the ones he has on now?

They aren't very worn down & fit perfect on the front hooves, but when you look at the back ones on the underside you can see a small line of the hoof. What do you guys think I should do?

Thanks in advance
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    12-30-2011, 03:17 PM
Define, "a little tight."
Also, why do the back shoes not fit correctly? I have my farrier pull shoes and sometimes, if they're only going to be on for 6 weeks, I'll label them and reuse them the next year. I'm wondering about your farrier. =/
He's supposed to fit the shoe to the horse, not the other way around.
If the shoes don't fit right your horse WILL be sore from riding. I wear wide width shoes and MY feet hurt if the shoes are too tight. We need more information.
    12-30-2011, 03:26 PM
The farrier put them on correctly & they fitted perfectly but now that his hooves have grown since then you can just see the tip of the hoof over the shoe. He's not lame at the moment, he's been jumping & working fine :)
    12-30-2011, 03:32 PM
If the horse's feet are so overgrown that they are overlapping the edges of the shoes, then he needs new ones, period. He is more likely to get bruised working the way he is right now than if he were barefoot.

Also, if your horse goes lame after working hard with new shoes, then you need to look into a new farrier because if that happens, he's doing something seriously wrong.
    12-30-2011, 03:40 PM
It's not that they're overlapping though? It's a bit hard to explain it :P It's like they're just peaking over the top, not even half a cm.

My horse has never gone lame from working hard in new shoes, we're advised through the pony club to give the shoes some time so settle in before working hard, that's just what I was referring to :)
    12-30-2011, 03:46 PM
My point is that if the farrier is leaving overhang, then there is a problem with his work, but if his feet have grown to the point that there is overhang, then the feet are too long and a visit by the farrier is needed.
    12-30-2011, 04:03 PM
I've said in an above post that my farrier does not leave overhang, he always does a fantastic job, and that my horses feet arent over grown the shoe. It's a "peeking", not an overlap. I've just measured it as approx 2mm at the widest point, I'll try and put up a pic tomorrow :)
    12-30-2011, 04:14 PM
I've phoned my farrier for a chat & he says he should be fine for another week but that he'll call down on Wednesday to give his final decision :) Thanks Corporal & smobs, I'll keep you guys updated on what happens!
    12-30-2011, 04:17 PM
If his feet are over his shoes (even by a cm), then I would suggest getting his shoes replaced. When were the shoes put on? As a general rule, horses should be reshod every 6-8 weeks, depending on how fast their feet grow.

It's more likely your horse will be more sore after working in the old shoes rather than new ones. So try and get your farrier out on Wednesday. Especially if you're jumping, if his feet are overgrown, he can easily clip his front legs or pull the front shoes off.
    12-30-2011, 04:24 PM
I know how often horses need to be shod, they're not overgrown the shoe, they're peaking.

I have my farrier's decision to keep them on in the meantime. No more posts are needed :)

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