My horses were shod at the end of October. All of them still have all their shoes but they are getting long and need to be redone. However, I'm fixing to have surgery and won't be riding for several months. My question is do I need to have the farrier come out and pull the shoes off or can I let the shoes fall off on their own?
We have nearly 300 acres and the horses are always turned out. They are never stalled. They have access to the barn for when the weather is nasty, but we don't lock them in there or anything, they are free to come and go.
Mainly I just want to know if it will hurt my horses to let them wear the shoes until they fall off on their own or should I have them taken off by the farrier?