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post #11 of 15 Old 02-12-2012, 11:01 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone...I think we will get through it. I just don't have a lot of experience with shoes on my horse. One thing I have not spoken with my farrier about is what I should watch out for right after my gelding gets his new shoes. I plan on asking him when he comes out to put them on...but if you guys have any thoughts on it I would appreciate it.

He has 100% pasture time right now with access to a two stall barn when ever he wishes. There are some muddy spots in the pasture. There are no rocks, hills, ect in the pasture. Is that going to any problem since he has never had shoes? Or will the free exercise help his legs and hooves as they get use to the new weight?

Sorry to be so spastic... I am just nervous and most likely going to be over protective of my big boy.
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I would put bell boots on his front feet once the shoes are on so he doesn't accidentally step off a front shoe while he's trying to figure out what those things are on his feet.

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He'll be fine as long as the farrier doesn't leave too much shoe sticking out the back. I wouldn't bother with the bell boots. Your horse may be a little tender but probably not. What you will probably notice is that he goes a lot better and you can ride wherever you want and your horse won't try to wander to the softest ground. It will be much easier to get him to work correctly because none of his feet will be tender.
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post #14 of 15 Old 02-24-2012, 09:56 AM
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I doubt he will miss a beat. I have never had one be tender from getting their first shoes.

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post #15 of 15 Old 02-24-2012, 10:58 AM
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He'll be fine as long as the farrier doesn't leave too much shoe sticking out the back. I wouldn't bother with the bell boots. Your horse may be a little tender but probably not. What you will probably notice is that he goes a lot better and you can ride wherever you want and your horse won't try to wander to the softest ground. It will be much easier to get him to work correctly because none of his feet will be tender.
I agree - no need for bell boots.

My only recommendation for a change is to wear gloves when you pick feet with shoes on. The sharp ends of the nails are filed off but my overly sensitive skin can find anything to get scratched on.
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