Hi, I have a Saddlebred mare that has been having some shoeing problems. I ride on trails with large rocks, protruding tree roots, etc., and I have had her for about 9 months. She came from a ranch that rode only on trails on their property, with 65 other horses. She is a nervous horse by nature, but when I first got her we had two other horses. The first time I had her shod, she was fine, although she was a little skittish. The second time, she started trying to kick the shoer. The times after that she was nearly impossible to shoe, and the past two times I have been unable to have them shoe her hind legs. However, it has become obvious that she needs all four shoes on, because she has gotten into the habit of going as far to one side on the trail as possible to avoid the worst of the rocks. Unfortunately, though, usually the rocks don't end on the side of the trail. I can tell the rocks hurt her hind legs, because occasionally she will jerk her hind leg as if in pain. I have rooted the problem as that she doesn't like to have her hooves tapped. She will tolerate trimming, however impatiently, but as soon as you try tapping on her hind hooves like you are going to drive nails into her hooves she really starts to protest; as in starting to try to kick. I think it might be either due to some leg problems, or due to that there are no longer any other horses here(we are going to get another horse this fall, but she'll need to be shod until then). Can anyone give me any advice as to what the problem might be, and if I should have the vet out?