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    08-08-2012, 01:37 PM
Regarding shoes, you don't HAVE to shoe unless your horse is uncomfortable/short striding in your usual activities. Most endurance riders shoe for the purpose of hoof protection, though some use hoof boots.

Unless I'm very much mistaken, H/J surfaces are very kind to horses' hooves, and you wouldn't NEED shoes for her to be sound on that circuit... but H/J is judged partly on appearance, and I know of some judges (not H/J but show hack) who will mark horses down for not having shoes on.

For SJ/eventing (what I do) I would shoe if there were any decent blacksmith-farriers in my area, for the purpose of being able to use studs and therefore adjust my horse's level of grip according to the conditions.
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    08-08-2012, 01:58 PM
Saddlebag - I will have to invest in one!

As for shoes I'll think about them then. Can one wear hoof boots in the show ring? I've never shown before...
    08-08-2012, 02:09 PM
Depends on your discipline and what circuit you show in. Pretty sure they're illegal for jumpers, and they're ugly so would affect your scores in H/J (IF they are even legal). They are legal for endurance riding (many endurance riders use them) and of course perfectly legal for general riding.

I believe there is something in the AQHA rulebook that says hoof boots are legal for all AQHA disciplines (if I was reading another thread right) but if you don't show in the AQHA breed circuit then that doesn't apply to you.
    08-08-2012, 02:23 PM
Ah ha, I see! Well I wish they would make it legal :P But if one can't, then we'll deal with it. Suck it up and love it! Haha
    08-08-2012, 02:29 PM
So do I, for jumpers at the very least... my boy is absolutely awesome barefoot but hoof boots have slightly better traction especially over varying terrain (like running shoes for people) so I would love to be able to use them because he'd then be less likely to slip... he gets a bit strong and the LAST thing I want is a strong horse that's slipping about all over the place!
    08-08-2012, 02:41 PM
Haha, yeah I hear you. I was hoping for mainly show jumping because shoeing is SO expensive and my mare's hooves grow like weeds lol
    08-08-2012, 02:45 PM
Lol well at least SJ is usually run on fairly forgiving surfaces (grass or a properly surfaced dirt arena) so you don't HAVE to shoe. I have seen horses jumping 4'+ in competition, barefoot, and turning the tightest lines on the best balance. And winning. Conversely I have also seen horses jumping 2' that couldn't keep their feet barefoot and HAD TO have shoes with studs... AND it depends on the surface, too, because some surfaces are more slippery than others.

I rode at a SJ day once where there was a hint of dew on the grass/weeds, and later some very light misting rain, and the pony I was on slipped twice going in a straight line... he was barefoot and his feet were really slippery (slipped ALL the time road riding when the other horses were absolutely fine) but we weren't the only ones. That day, on that surface, I would have preferred to have shoes with studs. That pony went totally barefoot and never had a problem at any other shows we took him to, even though it poured buckets at several.
    08-08-2012, 03:06 PM
Most of the footing here for show jumping is sand, so it shouldn't be a big issue, I don't think (being barefoot). But it really does depend on the horse and how well that horse can balance itself in different terrain. I had a horse that slipped left and right on grass, dirt, sand and rocks when he was shod. Ouchy.
    08-08-2012, 03:42 PM
Lucky you... SJ here is nearly always run on grass. I think I've been to ONE show that was run in a dirt arena? Hahaha so I'm going to have to shoe my boy if I want to keep moving up the levels, we're totally ready for 3' and training consistently at 3'4"+ but I don't like jumping that high on grass when it's been raining or the dew hasn't dried off yet... not without studs.
    08-08-2012, 03:50 PM
Ohh no, I don't want to even think about that. My previous horse and I could jump 5ft, but only ever in dirt or sand. We never showed, such a pity too. :/

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