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post #11 of 14 Old 01-02-2012, 01:49 PM
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Agreed, glad to hear it. Just leaving shoes to fall off on their own is a quick and easy way to cripple a horse.

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post #12 of 14 Old 01-02-2012, 02:15 PM
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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. That's 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.
I agree about not letting the shoes fall off, but once they are barefoot, with 300 acres to roam on they may not need to be trimmed the average 6-8 weeks. That is a lot of ground the horses have to cover and there is a good chance that the amount of moving the will be doing will allow them to go longer between trims. I wish I had that much land for my horses! I think I need to move lol
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post #13 of 14 Old 01-02-2012, 05:22 PM
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or a person, or your tractor tires, murphy's law guarantees any shoes that come off will be out in the pasture soemwhere, and laying nails pointing up. You will also find it with what ever is the most expensive.
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post #14 of 14 Old 01-04-2012, 09:12 PM
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Haven't read other replies, so I'm sure to repeat...

No, it is NOT alright to leave your horse without regular hoofcare, particularly if shod. Leaving them to get noticably overgrown, let alone leaving them indefinitely will damage them. Leaving them in shoes will ensure that even in an ideal environment their feet will be unable to 'self trim' even. Leaving shoes to fall off also risks large chunks being ripped off & nails in the sole.
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