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post #1 of 14 Old 01-02-2012, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
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Letting shoes fall off on their own?

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?
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post #2 of 14 Old 01-02-2012, 10:31 AM
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What kind of weather do you have where you live? Is there snow and ice? If so, you should take their shoes off because having shoes on with ice=slippery and dangerous.

If it is nice where you live during the winter then you can leave them on until they fall off. I havent heard of this being a problem. But if their feet are in need for a trim maybe you should get the farrier out and take a look.

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post #3 of 14 Old 01-02-2012, 10:48 AM
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Originally Posted by caleybooth View Post
they are getting long and need to be redone.
I think you've already answered your own question

I'd have the farrier out to pull the shoes and give them a good, very finished trim before your surgery. Then you won't have to worry about holding horses for the farrier at the beginning of your recovery.

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^100% agreed.
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post #5 of 14 Old 01-02-2012, 10:56 AM
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I know your wondering about letting the shoes come off on their own, but my main concern would be the feet being long. Horses need trims every 6-8 weeks. Thats how often your farrier should be out. When your farrier comes, have them remove the shoes and give them a trim. Then you'll need to schedule them out within the next 8 weeks.
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Something else to consider is while they are loosening they can twist then if you horse is constantly stepping on a twisted shoe they can bruise their soles.

I would have done and not have to worry about it.

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The other thing that will happen is that - instead of falling off - the shoes will be loose and pulled off by stepping on them, etc. Often this takes a huge chunk of hoof with it, and then you'll have problems for a long time while the hoof grows back out.

It's similar to letting your toenails or fingernails grow too long. You can guarantee they will break eventually and they will not break at the right length, they'll break too short.
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post #8 of 14 Old 01-02-2012, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
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Ok I called my farrier and he's coming out tomorrow to pull the shoes off and give everyone a trim. Thank you everyone for your advice!
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so good to hear an honest responsible response. Glad to hear the farrier will be out.
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post #10 of 14 Old 01-02-2012, 11:56 AM
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I really wouldn't recommend letting the shoes come off on their own. Most of the time there are no issues, but I've seen some very horrible damage caused by shoes pulling off on their own. I would have the farrier come pull, and do a trim.

Besides, it will be very difficult to take care of a badly damaged hoof or lamed up horse's feet after surgery, don't you think?
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