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My Horse Lost The Same Shoe Twice In 3 Weeks

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    01-15-2012, 05:37 PM
  #11
Weanling
@allison, thanks for the reply. I actually meant pulling all her shoes and seeing how she does completely barefoot. I guess my wording sounded kinda funny saying pulling the back shoes. I only mentioned pulling the back ones though because that's currently all she has on. She managed to pull both front shoes this past week. The front left was lost first, and it was also the same one that was lost just a few weeks earlier.

So far she doesn't seem sore and both shoes came off cleanly. I have the farrier coming tomorrow because he was going to replace the original lost shoe, but now that she has pulled the other i'm wondering if I should just remove the back ones as well and see how she does completely barefoot. I'm considering this because if losing her shoes is going to be consistent, it will not only cost me quite a bit but it will also just continue to weaken her feet.
     
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    01-15-2012, 05:42 PM
  #12
Trained
If you do decide to leave her barefoot, make sure the farrier gives her a proper barefoot trim, beveling the hoof walls and trimming the bars if necessary. Have either durasole or venice turpentine on hand for giving her soles some relief if she gets ouchy. Hoof boots will most likely be needed while her feet adjust and lots of hand walking on asphalt or concrete will help accelerate her transition. Good luck! I'm sick of losing shoes too!
     
    01-15-2012, 06:01 PM
  #13
Weanling
@puck, thanks for all the tips! I guess I will just see what my farrier thinks is best when he comes out tomorrow.

My biggest concern about leaving her barefoot is her front left is a very mild clubbed foot. She's never showed any issues with it and my farrier has so far no concerns with it. I've just never had a horse with a clubbed foot and i'm not sure if it makes a difference being barefoot with a clubbed foot or not (again it is very mild).
     
    01-15-2012, 06:09 PM
  #14
Trained
I'm sure your farrier will be able to advise on the club foot. I'm still an infant where all this hoof stuff is concerned. I just know about the above steps because I just did a transition 2 months ago.
     
    01-17-2012, 01:50 PM
  #15
Foal
Just a quick suggestion...Easyboot Trail boots are really affordable and simple to put on for first time booters. Good luck!
     
    01-17-2012, 02:07 PM
  #16
mls
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Originally Posted by SorrelHorse    
You could use a new farrier. Why does she wear the boots?
Doesn't mean she needs a new farrier. The farrier just needs to tweak the way he sets that shoe. At three the horse is growing and changing. Sometimes they simply get in the way of themselves.

I had a mare that stepped off the same shoe three weeks in a row. The 3rd time I told the farrier I would pay for the reset (ours does them for free if it's not reset time). He said nope - I need to figure out what she is doing and compensate for it.

And he did. I competed 100's of miles on that mare and she didn't lose that shoe again.
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    01-17-2012, 10:51 PM
  #17
Weanling
Thanks for the responses, I do not plan on changing farrier over a few lost shoes. After talking over the options with him, he suggested trying resetting the shoes a little bit differently before deciding to go barefoot because the ground is quite hard right now and they because the shoes came off so cleanly he doesnt feel there will be any weakening to her feet. Like mls, I tried paying him for the reset but he refused to take any money and simply said he needs to figure out what is going to work for my mare.
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    01-18-2012, 04:39 PM
  #18
Foal
I hope I can find a Farrier like that.
     
    01-18-2012, 04:58 PM
  #19
mls
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Originally Posted by loveyourhorse    
Thanks for the responses, I do not plan on changing farrier over a few lost shoes. After talking over the options with him, he suggested trying resetting the shoes a little bit differently before deciding to go barefoot because the ground is quite hard right now and they because the shoes came off so cleanly he doesnt feel there will be any weakening to her feet. Like mls, I tried paying him for the reset but he refused to take any money and simply said he needs to figure out what is going to work for my mare.
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Awesome.

My farrier bent the edges of the shoe around so she couldn't grab the edge and pull off.

It helps if you are able to find the shoe so the farrier can see how it's coming off!
     
    02-21-2012, 03:01 PM
  #20
Weanling
Just an update for everyone... this morning I went to ride smoochie and now she lost a hind shoe.. ughh! The frustration continues...
     

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