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post #1 of 14 Old 01-03-2013, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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To shoe or not to shoe?

I have a 9 year old gelding who I'm just beginning to use for drill team. He's going to be on a lot of pavement, so I was thinking about getting what we call shocker shoes, like these: Horseshoes: Rubber

Now these shoes cost 100 dollars each here to put them on and I just want to be sure I'm not wasting my money. Will the rubber last or should I get metal shoes or just not shoe at all? My gelding which I've had since March has not been shod yet.

(Also, my gelding recently had a stone bruise that came and went. Will the shoe affect this?)
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post #2 of 14 Old 01-04-2013, 12:32 AM
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If your horse can be bare foot id go that way if possible.
Iv done the shoeing thing now for 4 years
Iam now having lameness issues when shoes are taken off for one horse is still lame and its been a month since shoes were pulled.
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post #3 of 14 Old 01-04-2013, 12:40 AM
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I personally don't care for shoeing. If possible, I would go the boots route as they do not inhibit circulation or cause other potential problems for your horse.
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post #4 of 14 Old 01-04-2013, 12:42 AM
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I shoe my horses but if your horse is sound barefoot, why change?
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post #5 of 14 Old 01-04-2013, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
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My horse is beginning to slip on pavement, a bit. Not too often, only once or twice an hour during the drill exercise, but that's why I'm wondering if I should shoe him, just to be safe.
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post #6 of 14 Old 01-04-2013, 07:59 PM
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A bit of slipping on pavement is normal. Regular shoes will make him slip more. Personally, if his feet are good I would keep him barefoot. To a degree you want some give when they step. You do not want total grip, so to speak. It isn't good for their tendons, joints, and muscles. A good farrier will tell you if you do not need to shoe....don't.
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Well i cant tell you they also slip on pavement with shoes my gelding almost fell on pavement while shod all 4. So dont think shoes will prevent slipping on pavement.
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post #8 of 14 Old 01-04-2013, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
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Even rubber shoes slip on pavement? Wow, you learn something new every day.
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post #9 of 14 Old 01-04-2013, 08:18 PM
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I trim horses feet and have done hours and hours of reaserch on this kinda stuff.
oh boy! you asked a good question! and one that goes way deeper than im sure your interisted in so I will try and keep it short. if it were my horse I would not put shoes on him. there are lots of reasons not to shoe horses, I wouold be happy to send you some links if you are interisted, and being that you never mentioned your horse having major soundness issues I see no reason to put shoes on him. metal horseshoes will make them slip more. shoes may not really efect stone bruises, however because the horses feet lack constant contact with the ground the sole will not be as hard, so they will bruise easier. also shoes hold in dirt and muck and so horses with shoes are more likely to get thrush than those that are barefoot. I could tell you all the reasons for these things and how shoes mechanically effect your horse from short term to long term effects on the joints etc, but I am ttying so hard to stay away from that lol! if you would like all the details PM me. but in short, I promise I know what I'm talking about and I have reaserch to back it up. and it is easier for a lot of people to think about it this way- horses feet are like ours. the sole of the horses hoof is like the bottom of our foot. without a shoe restricting it it flexes and stretches and bends. the more we walk barefoot the tougher our feet/soles get. they get calises. dead skincells sluff off. we adapt to how we are using our feet, and so do horses. a horse will act sore while walking on a gravel driveway, just like us, if theyre not used to it. but if they do it every day, just like if we do it daily without shoes, they will build up calises and soon they are comfortable and its no big deal.
I would take your money and buy some good easyboots or whatever you choose that is comprable. you can put them on whenever you want, they shouldnt slip like metal shoes. your horse still gets to be barefoot. if you are concerned about the concrete being abrasive and wearing down his feet to nithing the boots will stop that too. the boots give added cushion to the street and you can always add pads. and you should get a lot of use out of them for the cost of less than 2 months worth of shoes... for a whole lot longer than 2 months
hope it helps!
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1. Get a good, competent farrier to perform a correct, balanced trim. (Harder than it sounds)
2. Get the horse on a complete, balanced, low NSC diet. What is his current diet? (Nutrition in a major factor in hoof health)
3. If the horse can handle being ridden barefoot, then leave him that way.
4. If he cant, then you have two options:
A. Buy a pair of hoof boots for him to use on hard and/or rocky surfaces and take the time necessary to condition his feet to being barefoot. (This can take some time)
B. Shoe him. If you're riding on pavement, then I'd suggest shock absorbing pads and borium to prevent slipping.

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