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    03-30-2013, 05:50 PM
  #11
Trained
I suggest you don't 'let him tell you'(he won't) if he supposedly 'needs' shoes, but do your homework, learn how it effects him, how his feet function. Then you can weigh up the pros & cons of different approaches more objectively.
     
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    03-30-2013, 06:39 PM
  #12
Foal
I'd like to jump in on this thread with a question ... do you need to "fit" hoof boots to your horse? I'd like to keep my boy barefoot, but fully intend to do trail rides and the occasional parade (with my daughter) on concrete. Do the boots come in various sizes, or do they adjust to the horse's hoof? Apologies if this is a *really* stupid question ...
     
    03-30-2013, 07:55 PM
  #13
Trained
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Originally Posted by PilatesGal    
I'd like to jump in on this thread with a question ... do you need to "fit" hoof boots to your horse? I'd like to keep my boy barefoot, but fully intend to do trail rides and the occasional parade (with my daughter) on concrete. Do the boots come in various sizes, or do they adjust to the horse's hoof? Apologies if this is a *really* stupid question ...
Yes, boots come in many different shapes and sizes. Getting a good fit is much harder than it may seem. If you're just going to be walking in them, you have some room for error. If you plan to trot or canter, they had better fit correctly. A pair of boots costs about $120 give or take a few bucks.
     
    03-30-2013, 11:00 PM
  #14
Weanling
Barefoot or shoes, its not that easy, where do you live? How much do you ride? On what do you ride?
If you ride on grass pastures one day a week for one hour, then you should never have to shoe you horse.
If you are riding on paved roads 8 hours a day 5 days a week, they you would need to shoe him.
When I worked in Michigan I ran a trail barn and we had 50-60 horses going on trail rides 5-8 hours a day and I had them all barefoot and never had a problem but our trails were all sand. Now I work in Montana and our ground is "a little" more rocky we shoe all our horses but only front shoes. They do fine also, at the end of the season I pull all their shoes and they run barefoot the rest of the year.
While I was in Michigan I had one horse that took some time to get to the point he would go barefoot, I would put shoes on him to start the season then when it was time to reset his shoes I would pull them and let him go barefoot when he started getting off I would re-shoe him. I found that each time I pulled his shoes he went longer and longer without shoes and finally I didn't need shoes at all.
I would say if you are not riding on bad trails try it.
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    04-02-2013, 04:15 PM
  #15
Yearling
Speaking of shoeing, a lady at my barn has a horse, and asked me if I think the horse needs shoes on the backs as well. The feet are very nice. However, the frog is a smidge longer than the hoof wall, and the collateral grooves are very very shallow. I didn't give her any advice except that the hoof walls really need to grow.
     
    04-02-2013, 04:40 PM
  #16
Green Broke
Agree with above. You kinda missed the window to go barefoot. USUALLY people that shoe and show will go barefoot during the off season, December to March, to give the feet a break, and usually they are stall kept, so the feet stay DRY. Wet turnout actually dries out the hooves, so constant wet turnout is bad for them.
     
    04-03-2013, 01:10 AM
  #17
Trained
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Originally Posted by Corporal    
Wet turnout actually dries out the hooves, so constant wet turnout is bad for them.
Not in my neck of the woods. I wish! Wet environments lead to waterlogged, soft feet & mushy frogs.
     
    04-03-2013, 01:43 AM
  #18
Banned
Were I live right now its spring and are 3 1/2 feet of snow is melting.... my horses are standing in water and muck 24/7. No place dry for them to stand my barn is flooded out.

In twenty years wev lived here my barn has never flooded till this spring.
     
    04-03-2013, 11:03 AM
  #19
Yearling
Spirit, that's awful! I hope things clear up soon for you.
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    04-03-2013, 03:25 PM
  #20
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Originally Posted by princessfluffybritches    
Spirit, that's awful! I hope things clear up soon for you.
We have been working on drying out the barn for 4 days now.

Have 3 big heaters going and pumped water out. Also have fans going its starting to dry some. Have been putting horses in our two stall garage for 3 to 4 hours a day...its cement floor so don't want them on it to long. Have to get it dry and less damp have rabbits in there that will be having babies in about a week. I breed and sell new zeland white rabbits.
There cages are hanging so off the ground 3 feet or so. Rabbits are my other hobbie .
     

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