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post #11 of 24 Old 04-04-2013, 03:22 AM Thread Starter
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I have been reading a lot about hooves, and I have read the thread and the website in your signature. I will write more tomorrow and maybe get some picutures of his hooves if you want. I am really tired right now but tomorrow I will write more.
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post #12 of 24 Old 04-04-2013, 12:32 PM
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Since this hasn't been mentioned I want to point out that you said you mostly ride in sand. So rocks aren't your only concern with protecting the hooves. Sand is very abrasive and depending on how much you ride and how fast his hooves grow you could be in a position of his hooves wearing faster then growing. So for that case you might want to consider booting him whenever you ride on a surface that isn't grass or mud or the such.
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Wouldn't think you'd need boots for riding in sand guess it depends on the horse. Wev riden in sand hoofs never wore to short.

Our horses can't go bare foot our trails are rocky they have to be shod with pads. Or their. Lame with stone bruises. Going to try and keep them bare foot this summer.
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Sand is very abrasive and depending on how much you ride and how fast his hooves grow you could be in a position of his hooves wearing faster then growing.
Can be the case, esp if it's a thin layer of sand over a hard surface, but not a general prob, except with unhealthy hooves.
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post #15 of 24 Old 04-04-2013, 09:03 PM
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I would think sand would wear down hooves faster if the hooves are accustomed to soft footing and possibly wet footing. But if the terrain is sandy and then rocky I would at least watch it. Of course this all depends on how much you ride. In the summer I ride about 75-100 miles a week so to me that is enough riding to watch how they wear. But if you don't ride all that much then it would be a non-issue.
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I would think sand would wear down hooves faster if the hooves are accustomed to soft footing and possibly wet footing. But if the terrain is sandy and then rocky I would at least watch it. Of course this all depends on how much you ride. In the summer I ride about 75-100 miles a week so to me that is enough riding to watch how they wear. But if you don't ride all that much then it would be a non-issue.
Well poppy we got you beat on the miles a week we do 150 to 175 a week

Yep were riding fools and our horses have to have shoes with pads we trot and canter most of the trail. Rode 3 miles on dirt gravel road trotted whole time didn't see any wear on hoof.

Of course that's only one ride will see how the hoofs fare after more rides.
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We mostly do ride in the sand but his hooves grow pretty fast and don't seem to wear out very much. They mostly chip when we ride in rocks. Since it is rocky practically everywhere here you can't really avoid the rocks. :) We usually ride 4-6 times a week and sometimes just 30-45 minutes to a couple hours, mostly at a walk. I have some pictures of his hooves but it won't let me upload them. I'll keep trying and see if I can make it work.

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post #18 of 24 Old 04-05-2013, 12:20 AM Thread Starter
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Sorry about the dirt, I put hoof oil on his hooves a couple days ago. And he was trimmed about 5 weeks ago. Oh and I only took pics of his front feet. :)

1. Right front
2. Right front from the other side
3. Left front
4. Left front from the other side
5. Bottom of left
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I forgot to add that he is a 13 year old TWH. :)

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