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post #1 of 16 Old 08-25-2011, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
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Question Soft and Barefoot pony needs hoof help!

My pony is barefoot because he hates the farrier- but that means we can't ride much on the road- which is a big problem because we have no arena or bridleways without roadwork. We've tried hoof hardening supplements but they have failed- any more suggestions??
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post #2 of 16 Old 08-25-2011, 11:35 AM
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Question: does he let you touch his feet?
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Have you tried putting boots on him? You can just put them on when you're riding and take them off when you're done.
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mbender- yes he does- he just hates having shoes put on and has an absolute feck about it

Veroner1016-I'm a bit skint- do boots cost much and what are they called??
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There are several manufacturers of boots, here is an ad for one:

Easyboot Epic EasyCare, Inc (Equine - Supplies Tack - Sports Medicine - Barefoot Boots)

Price, quality, ease of use, etc vary from brand to brand. The good thing about them is you put them on and off yourself as needed. Most horses can do with just the front feet booted up but some need them on all four corners. In the long run they are cheaper then shoes.

You do want one with some type of gator like the one in this ad to keep from losing them. They can step them off or get them sucked off in the mud. The gator keeps them attached to the leg after they fall off. Bright colored ones are also easier to find then black.
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Or you could train him to stand for the farrier...
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Or you could train him to stand for the farrier...
Words right out of my mouth.

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If he didn't like the saddle would you ride bareback? What if you had a child that hated shots, would they be immunized? You have to do what is best for those that you are responsible for even if they don't like it. I'm sure all of my geldings would have rather skipped the trip to the vet that saw them gelded but it was much better for them in the long run.

Even if you don't have shoes put on, your horse still needs to have good hoof trimming in order to stay healthy and sound.

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That was going to be my next answer. That horse needs to know how to stand for the farrier. End of story.
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It's not that he's bare that he can't cope with roadwork. It's that he, for some reason, has unhealthy feet. My bet is that lack of farriery care is at least contributing. I'm also betting you'd have a very hard time finding boots to suit, if he's not getting his feet looked after properly too. You need to teach him to be confident of having his feet handled, and confident with others doing it too, including Men With Tools<GG>. That means that you may have to enlist the farrier to come do some training if he will & *is good & patient with horses*, without worrying about actually getting the job done necessarily, or someone else *that's good with horses & training* to help. You don't necessarily need metal shoes, but you do still need to ensure his feet are well cared for.
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