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post #1 of 68 Old 12-31-2011, 05:58 PM Thread Starter
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Question no shoes for the first time

my mom's horse went barefoot for the first time today. what should i expect from her. shes a senior horse.

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post #2 of 68 Old 12-31-2011, 06:06 PM
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She'll probably be sore for a week or two. Watch for signs of limping because some horses have bad feet and need shoes.
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What kind of ground is she on? My horse has been barefoot almost her whole life, but then again she has really good feet haha

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post #4 of 68 Old 12-31-2011, 06:33 PM
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She will most likely stumble around for a couple weeks. Just like if humans wear shoes all the time and go barefoot across gravel, your going to be stumbling and ouchy. However their feet will toughen up and she should be fine. All mine are barefoot and occasionally stumble if a rock gets them just right but otherwise stay sound and are fine. You could also look at getting her on a hoof supplement too, only because this is her FIRST time going barefoot. But I'm sure she will be fine :) just let her hooves harden up.
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post #5 of 68 Old 12-31-2011, 06:53 PM
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What was the reason for having her shoes pulled so late in her life?

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It can be harder for older horses to adjust to going barefoot than a younger horse unless they usually go shoeless for part of the year. (like over the winter months). The internal structures of a horse that is used to wearing shoes is a bit different from one that has never had shoes or a horse that gets a break now and then. You can always boot your mom's horse if she is really ouchy. Keep an eye on her to make sure she is getting around okay as movement is important for her digestion.
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post #7 of 68 Old 12-31-2011, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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Speed racer.....we pulled her shoes because shes retired and nobodys riding her that much. my mom doesnt have time to ride her. my sister is away at college. i have my own horse to ride. so we decided to pull the shoes.

aggiegirl... shes on a dirt field. right now its muddy. shes outside 24/7.

I know she will feel sore for a while... i just hope the soreness doesnt lead to ouchyness.
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post #8 of 68 Old 12-31-2011, 07:45 PM
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Libra, even a horse who's not being ridden might need shoes. I hope she wasn't made to go barefoot against the advice of your vet and farrier.

I have a retired, coming 26 y/o who would get shoes if he needed them. It's just my luck that he doesn't. I have a 7 y/o TB who will always need front shoes even when he's retired and out to pasture, and I intend to make sure he has them.

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post #9 of 68 Old 12-31-2011, 09:33 PM
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I have had 2 that have been shod their whole lives - upon having their shoes pulled, as their feet adjust both have gotton abcesses - once the abcesses come out and their soles have hardened they were great! Just watch the "ouchy" ground with her......
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post #10 of 68 Old 12-31-2011, 09:38 PM
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Almost every horse can go barefoot.. not every owner can. It may take her a few trims to settle in. dont give up on her.
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