Thankyou, my horse is on a big posh yard. With no hard ground or copple ground what so ever. My livery is £45pound a week, so no I don't think oh 65pound cheaper for the shoes, I would pay if I had to.. just don't see the point in having shoes on her for standing in a field or a stable everyday. When I do ride I ride on sand gallops or a sand surface arena. X
OP - I see what you're saying. Like Rosie and many other UK riders we are more used to riding on roads so you're lucky that you don't have too - though it would get boring for me to not get out and about we are all different.
In the US I now only have my horses shod for the part of the summer when we do the most trail riding and they soon get sore or bruised from the sharp stones on some places we go
I've recently had their shoes taken off as most of our winter riding is in an indoor we have to trailer too or on our own menage They do 'feel' the ground a bit for a while and then harden off but this is the time when they are most at risk of getting abcesses so what loosie says is right - you should take care to protect the sensitive soles while they do adjust if needed - and sounds as if yours does.
Painting stuff on is going to have little to no affect
Our horse were shod all year around in the UK as we rode on gritty lanes & roads on a daily basis. I never had a case of thrush - that is down to management and nothing to do with shoes/no shoes. A barefoot horse can get thrush.
I think the hooves need some time to adjust. Shoes restrict the proper movement of the hooves and how the mechanics work. Her hooves are problably going through alot of changes right now and need some time. If your wanting to ride try out some hoof boots or padding, like others have said.
Hi, thankyou. Everyone has a opinion but you have to let your horses feet adjust one time as horses in the wild survived. I have just bought a hoof hardener reccomended by my farrier for 40 pound a tub. She is walking alot better with that and I have only had it on her 12hours. So I believe hoof hardener does work. Thanks though![IMG]75913_379085882173155_394436445_n[/IMG]
Why ask then, when you'd already made up your mind? I would still urge you to learn more about hoof health and soundness. If your horse is tender just on sand & soft pasture, I'd suspect there's probably more going on than just lack of callouses.