Took my mares shoes and and is not a bit foot sore.
 
 

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    11-26-2012, 04:25 PM
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Unhappy Took my mares shoes and and is not a bit foot sore.

I have a 15'2 10 year old thoroughbred mare, she had shoes on but I decided to put her barefoot to she how she would cope, but she has gone abit foot sore, does anyone have any suggestions on sole/hoof hardener I could use? Or any other opinions would be helpful
     
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    11-26-2012, 05:45 PM
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Iv heard that dura sole works really well never have used it myself but plan on getting some for my daughters horse. Will wait till spring time to do that not riding at all right now.
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    11-26-2012, 06:54 PM
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Put the shoes back on.
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    11-26-2012, 07:05 PM
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If you weren't used to going barefoot & you took your shoes off & ran down a gravel road to 'see how you went', do you think you'd went fine?(serious question & valid analogy, not meaning to sound sarcastic) There's a fair bit more to consider than just ripping the shoes off & 'seeing how they go' & I would suggest you learn about the principles & factors involved first.

So, even assuming your horse has healthy feet, it is not likely she will be immediately in any condition to do everything on hard/rough ground that you ask of her if she's been shod for (?)long. If she's footsore, she is probably bruised & needs a bit of time to get over that. Painting stuff on hooves can help marginally, but it's not hardness she needs, but to *grow* thicker, more calloused feet.

Depending on the health of her feet & way she's managed, etc, she may always need protection in some situations at least. I would be using hoof boots or such where necessary, and if/when you want to start conditioning her to go bare, start gradually, on 'easy' footing & ensure she's comfortable on that before trying a little rougher/harder. Don't force her if she's sore/not ready for it, because it's likely to just cause stone bruises & other probs & set you back - not to mention be unpleasant/painful for her.
     
    11-26-2012, 11:07 PM
  #5
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You can take a rubber inner tube and cut 3 layers the size of the bottom of her hoof and duct tape them on to her hooves (so each hoof has 3 layers of inner tube). Make sure the duct tape is on the hoof wall only on not the hair. Remove regularly to check for any issues then re-tape. You can then go down to 2 layers, then one layer, then none at all as she gets used to being bare foot. Works like a charm Also I would treat for thrush if she has it, as most horses who wear shoes do.
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    11-26-2012, 11:27 PM
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Agree on thrush with shoes^ we keep ours barefoot, would shoe if we roped or anything super aggressive. But I seen a gal run a horse, pulled shoes, then won class.
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    11-27-2012, 12:03 AM
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OP as you are in the UK, this mare is presumably on muddy fields, stony ground, and if you hack out, tarmacced roads and stony lanes. If she's had shoes on all her life, then her feet have never ever adjusted to going without, and she is probably in a lot of pain right now. You can't just paint on a hoof hardener - if it was that easy then all the TB's in England would be barefoot, and all their owners would be 65 richer every six weeks.

You need to talk to your farrier, listen to him, take his advice. And probably put the shoes back on.

If you want more helpful advice you need to post exactly what work you are doing with her, what the ground is like, what her history is, what your farrier says, and what your motivation for going barefoot is.
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    11-27-2012, 12:11 AM
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Going foot sore after removing shoes is ABSOLUTELY NORMAL in most instances. Ever wonder how little kids can run on the gravel barefoot? It's because of repeated exposure to foot hardening surfaces....as us with kids know, the foot washing routine before bed throughout summer!

Unless she is absolutely crippled lame without shoes on, I'd give her sometime to adjust, keep her in her regular routine in regards to stalling and turnout for a week or two and see how she goes....however I suggest no heavy riding on 'ouchy' surfaces.....paddock riding would suit.

Padding her feet up and such will only prolong her adjustment to going barefoot....
     
    11-27-2012, 12:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Muppetgirl    
Padding her feet up and such will only prolong her adjustment to going barefoot....
Agree with your post Muppet, except this bit. I believe hoof protection as/when necessary is important, to avoid discomfort & damage to unhealthy &/or unconditioned feet. It will depend on the state of those feet, management, type & amount of riding, living environment, etc as to whether the horse will ever be fine bare on rough ground and just trying to force the issue or sticking to soft paddocks is not the best IMO, because either way, the horse isn't getting *good* stimulation & hoof function on the hard stuff to promote better, strong growth. Going bare wherever the horse is OK with it, along with adequately protecting the feet & doing lots of comfortable exercise on rough stuff is the way to go IMO.
     
    11-27-2012, 12:26 AM
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Originally Posted by loosie    
Agree with your post Muppet, except this bit. I believe hoof protection as/when necessary is important, to avoid discomfort & damage to unhealthy &/or unconditioned feet. It will depend on the state of those feet, management, type & amount of riding, living environment, etc as to whether the horse will ever be fine bare on rough ground and just trying to force the issue or sticking to soft paddocks is not the best IMO, because either way, the horse isn't getting *good* stimulation & hoof function on the hard stuff to promote better, strong growth. Going bare wherever the horse is OK with it, along with adequately protecting the feet & doing lots of comfortable exercise on rough stuff is the way to go IMO.
Yup, it could go either way. Hmmm I guess I'm thinking of a horse with daily turn out and night stalling in shavings or something similar, thinking the break on the shavings would be enough for 'healing/hardening time'. Seen this a zillion times......
     

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