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  • How long for a newly barefoot thoroughbred to toughen up

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    12-31-2011, 09:53 PM
Originally Posted by GhostwindAppaloosa    
Almost every horse can go barefoot.
Not true. Anyone who isn't a 'barefoot uber alles' type knows that SOME horses can go barefoot and SOME cannot.

It's all about the HORSE, not the human and their personal conceits or opinions.
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    01-01-2012, 07:01 PM
How long does it take for the hoofs to toughen up before we can ride her again?
    01-01-2012, 07:08 PM
As with most things horses...."It Depends". She could callous up and be good in a week or so. Or she could need several trimming cycles before she was sound to ride.

Did she wear shoes all the time? Straight through her whole life?
    01-01-2012, 11:22 PM
I agree with Speedracer. Not all can go barefoot, unless you keep them on powder-puffs 24/7. I know farriers who do only barefoot trims for customers, no shoeing.......But when they take their own horses riding in a rocky area, they shoe them.

I've always told people my reasons for shoeing are "protection and correction". If they don't need protection or correction, just leave them barefoot.

If you live in a cold climate, this is the worst time to leave that mare barefoot. When that mud freezes, it'll be brutal on her feet
    01-02-2012, 08:56 PM
Kimmy,yes our mare had shoes all her life. Now she's barefoot.
    01-02-2012, 09:01 PM
When you stop seeing white stuff shedding off the bottoms of her hooves (dead sole), the soles are starting to toughen up. You don't have to wait for that point to ride her if you have hoof boots. It took my horse 2 months before I could ride him without boots, but then I only pulled the hind shoes.
    01-04-2012, 08:42 PM
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Not true. Anyone who isn't a 'barefoot uber alles' type knows that SOME horses can go barefoot and SOME cannot.

It's all about the HORSE, not the human and their personal conceits or opinions.
I don't know what 'uber alles' means, but Ghostwind didn't say all horses in all situations, and I agree with her. I took the 'not all owners' to mean it depends on management/environment that suits the owner & what the owner expects of the horse, not about conceits & opinions. When we're talking about a retired horse in a dirt paddock especially, I'd hazard a guess that it would be about 99.99% of horses that can/should be shoeless. Also, even if the horse can't be worked on terrian the owner chooses to work on without protection, boots will fit the bill in the vast majority of situations.

While I think comfort is very important, I don't think that is the only important factor at all, as shoes & some 'corrective' measures can indeed make a horse more comfortable, but they are palliative measures & this comfort can come at the expense of further damage.

Libra, in answer to what to expect & how long does it take, I echo others in saying it depends.... on so many factors. Your horse may or may not be perfectly fine bare in the paddock from day 1(hopefully, he doesn't have any major issues & will not be uncomfortable at all there) & it may be anywhere between now & never that his feet are healthy & calloused enough to do whatever you require of him in work without protection(but then, don't forget the boot option anyway). I think educating yourself is the best bet. Checking out the thread in my signature should help get you started.
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    01-04-2012, 08:50 PM
Were her feet grown out? That couldl play a huge role on weather or not she will be sore for long. All the best!
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    01-05-2012, 08:21 AM
One thing that can help is if you can provide an area in her paddock that is packed gravel. Not "rocks" that can bruise her, but an area that is not "spongy". A good place to put an area like that is around the water trough which can get muddy anyway if the ground around it is soft. Either that, or the area around a gate entrance that she has to pass through often. After having shoes all her life, the cartilage, blood vessels and soft tissues in her foot aren't conditioned to life without shoes. It's like building muscle. Her feet need to be exercised. A nice solid place for her to walk on and exercise the internal structures of her feet would be good for her and help her shed excess sole in between trims.

When she walks, is she landing heel first or toe first?
    01-08-2012, 08:30 PM
Fly...i don't know if her feet were grown out.

Ac...i can't do anything to her field. I don't live there. I board her there.

I don't know about her walking because I havent been to the barn in a whole week. I'll be there on tuesday though. Then I will find out more on how she's walking.

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