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post #1 of 7 Old 09-15-2013, 11:16 AM Thread Starter
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pulling shoes


I'm looking at a horse to buy. He was a camp horse all summer and has shoes on his front hooves. I guess they shoe all of the camp horses because they are ridden so hard.

the hooves are a bit chipped but nothing too horrible, and after I buy him I'd like to remove his shoes and go barefoot.

We're heading into fall and I've read alot of people pull shoes for winter anyway,

if his feet are generally healthy can he be ridden soon after the shoes come off? or is there a waiting period . I've read different things but I'd like to hear from people who have had the experience personally, either removing just for the winter or going barefoot all together.

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post #2 of 7 Old 09-15-2013, 11:34 AM
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Bare Foot Horse

Great source of information.

Hope this will help!

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post #3 of 7 Old 09-15-2013, 11:39 AM
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It depends on a lot of things. Do a lot of research first and try to find a barefoot trimmer. You will probably need some hoof boots for the fronts.
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post #4 of 7 Old 09-15-2013, 11:46 AM
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to many variables to answer that question. The correct answer could range from he can never be ridden without shoes, to ride him right after.
terrain, distance, weather, hoof condition, nutrition, yadda yadda yadda, gazillion possibilities.
consult with a farrier and see what happens.
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You can only tell how he tolerates it by how he tolerates it.

Sounds like a good plan.
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post #6 of 7 Old 09-15-2013, 01:42 PM
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Like the others said!
He isn't shod behind and was ridden a lot? So that's a good sign, he probably has good hooves and not too sensitive. I'd be optimistic that the transition barefoot might go well. But you can't know before pulling the shoes when he'll be ok to be ridden, which ranges from right away to (unlikely) never. The horse will tell you!

If you are serious about keeping that horse without shoes, investing in boots is a good idea. Some horses need them a lot, others rarely. A good trimmer/farrier should help you take the best decision, they are priceless allies in your horse's life. Good luck and post pictures if you do get the horse.
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post #7 of 7 Old 09-15-2013, 06:55 PM
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Depending on your terrain, etc, you may want to get the horse some boots for rough stuff. You can 'try it & see' but if the horse is uncomfortable or soles & frogs aren't up to it, forcing them in the attempt to 'transition' is not a good move.
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