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  • Using boots for horses in wet conditions

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    05-24-2012, 05:27 AM
to shoe or not to shoe??

I have a 9yr old dutch dressage horse. He has had no shoes pn for 12months now. I removed his shoes on the advice ofy blacksmith as he suffered from chronic white line disease which was resistant to treatment. He has been on a hoof supplement to strengthen his horn. He has bern competing and doing some hacking/road work. His boxy foot has spread and yhe white line is gone....however..
We are moving up the levels and both my trainer and vet ferl that he now nedds shoes to support his tendons and leg structures. My blacksmith disagrees and says yhat sjoring will only csusr the hoof wall to deteriorate and the hoof to contract.
Further to this- being barefoot is not without isdues as my horse is sensitivr to the weayher conditions and our environment and id often a little tendrr due to our wet climate softening his feet.
Anyone have a similar experience or suggestions?
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    05-24-2012, 07:25 AM
Green Broke
Have you researched Yasha shoes? They are a glue on shoe and it's seems to be gaining more acceptance. If I had shoe my horses, I'd definitely look into them!
    05-24-2012, 08:13 AM
To shoe or not to shoe??

Hi there. I've looked at glue on shoes but from my research it appears that glue on shoes are even more restrictive to hoof function in terms of long term use. I will research yasha shoes though as I haven't heard of them.
    05-24-2012, 09:10 AM
Green Broke
Let me know what you decide!
    05-24-2012, 05:27 PM
Interesting dilemma. You already know that your horse can get footy in wet conditions, so that would put a monkey wrench into the equation. As someone who's horse decided to shed his soles a week before a show and made himself ouchy, I know where you are coming from there. The wet conditions = ouchy horse has me caught in the same dilemma.

If shoes do make your horse prone to white line disease, full time wear might not be a good option. What about splitting the difference? Shoe him with rim pads to help diffuse the peripheral loading factor and let him go barefoot on the off season to allow his feet to recover? If your farrier does shoe him, just make darn sure those frogs still come into contact with the ground upon loading the foot, or else that foot will start to contract again.
    05-24-2012, 10:35 PM
Originally Posted by dqnaomi    
We are moving up the levels and both my trainer and vet ferl that he now nedds shoes to support his tendons and leg structures.
How so? I don't believe conventional rims have the capacity to do anything of the sort.

Further to this- being barefoot is not without isdues as my horse is sensitivr to the weayher conditions and our environment and id often a little tendrr
I think that is a very important consideration though. Hoof boots or Vettec Sole Guard are 2 options for further protection without compromising function, but if your horse gets tender on arena footing, boots aren't an option in dressage comps unfortunately. You may want to look into tips - a kind of half shoe which also protects the toe sole - as a compromise. Whatever, I don't think that shoes, when well fitted & managed, used on yielding ground & part time are necessarily detrimental.
    05-24-2012, 10:38 PM
Tips Loosie? That sounds cool. Who makes those?
    05-24-2012, 10:42 PM
Naomi, the best thing you could do for your horse would be to find a good farrier. A farrier who is good at his job can shoe a horse without causing any detriment to his leg or hoof health.

The biggest challenge is finding one.
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    05-24-2012, 11:26 PM
Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
Tips Loosie? That sounds cool. Who makes those?
Here's a link from one guy I know of who does them over here;
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    05-24-2012, 11:34 PM
You are about 2 1/2 hours from John McLoughlin in Celbridge.

John trains member of the Irish farriers team and is a master farrier registered with the Irish Farriery Authority.

His work reflects an incredible level of talent and skill. I've seen some of the work done by John's apprentices. Even his first year students turn out beautiful work.

Give him a call and see if he is available to assist. You can reach John here:

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