08-13-2013, 05:00 PM
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Many thoroughbreds have very shallow "pancake" feet and might be better shod. A good farrier could tell you if your horse might be a good candidate for being barefoot. And, it depends on how much you ride and what kind of terrain you ride in. Just like if you go barefoot for the first time, it is not unusual for a horse to get very sore when they go barefoot for the first time. They will either toughen up, or you will need to reshoe.
As for which foot the horse is lame on? It is common for a horse to look off on the front (or rear) when they are really sore on the diagonal "other end" leg. For instance, the horse looks off on the right front.....check the left rear, too.