Question #1 - Shoes.
My mare is going into training, has always been barefoot and has never been shod in her life (what I was told by previous owners who had her since she was very young). We have a lot of rocks, and I plan on taking her on very long ride on the road side, endurance rides and maybe some hunter jumper/courses if she progresses enough before she sells or I leave home for a little while. Should I shod her or just invest in some barefoot horse boots? My friend says shoes aren't good for the horse, because they weren't born with them they shouldn't have one, and my previous farrier told me that shoeing a horse isn't life or death, but it prevents the hoof mechanism from flexing as much as it should. Shoe her or boots?
Question #2 - Rusty Nail.
A lot of renovations and construction has been going on around the house lately, I told the handy man to stay out of my arena or at least keep it clean but apparently somebody dropped something. I always check the footing before I work my horses out and I pick, check and recheck the hooves three times--sometimes four to make sure there's no poop, rocks, or nails, etc. Well all was clear, my mare has been a little bit stiff lately, I suspect she's sore from the stretches and work, she has tomorrow and the next day off, so we quit early. I took her back to the hitching post, check her hooves again the low and behold, there was a rusty nail in her hoof. I pulled it out, it came super easy and it wasn't very big and it was barely even in her hoof. Maybe at most a nick? At this point I was very relieved but did put some medicine on it and put her back in her stall. I measured the nail, took a picture and marked it to show you how much it went in, I also found and marked a picture of the hoof diagram to show you where it was exactly. Should I be concerned or bother calling the vet? She didn't show any signs of pain whatsoever. I plan on just watching it very closely for the next week or so, hosing it off and making sure the area stays clean.