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    11-28-2012, 07:16 AM
Shoes In Winter

My gelding can go barefoot, but over the summer and fall I had shoes on him because we were showing pretty much every other weekend. But now that winter is rolling around is there any reason for me to leave his shoes on, or actually is there a reason for me to have them pulled off? This is my first winter owning a horse so just not sure whether to keep the shoes or not, or if it is just personal preference.
Oh and my gelding has solid feet, he can go barefoot, he was when I got him. He is outside all day and in a heated barn all night, also it gets really snowy where I live and icy too.

Thanks :)
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    11-28-2012, 08:40 AM
I currrently have a horse with shoes all four feet. We have snow on the ground only 2 inches. And he's having a heck of a time slip slidding around farrier is coming friday to pull off the shoes and trim. I wouldnt keep a horse shod in winter time my bare foot horses arent having any issues with slipping.
    11-28-2012, 09:10 AM
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Id always default to no shoes . I only shoe horses that need it when they need it. If the terrain, use and horse doesnt need them why waste the money ?
    11-28-2012, 09:53 AM
I'd pull the shoes if he doesn't need them. You might be a me to show him and keep him barefoot too. Talk to your farrier.
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    11-28-2012, 10:09 AM
Great thanks, he's getting his feet done on the 10th, I'll have farrier pull them off. The reason I had shoes on him when we were show were for grip (jumping) and because we didn't know what the footing would be like at shows.

Thanks everyone! :)
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    11-29-2012, 08:03 PM
If he's fine barefoot, leave the shoes off. I find they have better traction on snow and ice without shoes. It also gives their feet some time off to recover from any damage shoes may have created.

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