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post #11 of 29 Old 08-21-2013, 10:37 AM
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When the wear exceeds the growth your not going to keep the horse bare foot unless you want a very sore horse. I have two horses who can not go bare foot wear way exceeds the growth we ride them hard. So they have to have shoes we trashed a pair of hoof boots in 3 weeks time. Heck we trash shoes in 3 weeks have to have them done at 4 weeks or shoes are split in half.
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post #12 of 29 Old 08-21-2013, 10:55 AM
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good feet were a requirement when i was looking for a horse and i think genetics play a large part in that, plus keeping the horse barefoot whenever possible. and it is hard work but so worth it. in the summer, i have to trim him every 10-14 days because they grow so fast. but i am dedicated to keep him barefoot, thus this thread!

anyway, what i am really asking is...will hoof boots WORK in the arena without causing a problem? will the horse injure himself crossing over in front because of the bulkiness?

if boots will work, i will get them to make the trainer happy. i do have front renegades now but my trainer would have trouble with them because she has glaucoma and poor vision. that's why i'm looking at getting the easyboot backcountrys. they look easy to put on! but if they won't work in the arena i won't spend the money.

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I don't use hoof boots but my friend at the barn does. I can't remember the exact reason she said she needed them, but she does everything in them from flatwork to jumping to trail riding.
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I guess I'm still wondering how a horse with "perfect, healthy" feet can be ouchy in an arena with no rocks in it .
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I guess I'm still wondering how a horse with "perfect, healthy" feet can be ouchy in an arena with no rocks in it .
Its called it doesn't have perfect healthy feet that why its ouchy.
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I guess I'm still wondering how a horse with "perfect, healthy" feet can be ouchy in an arena with no rocks in it .
I was thinking that too. Mine are barefoot & not ouchy on any surface & I don't do any maintenance between every 6 week visits by a.....farrier!
I suppose all horses are different.
My limited experience with boots consisted of frequent rest stops while a riding partner retrieved her boots & put them back on- over & over again. I'd take shoes over that mess.
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Thank you all for your responses. I am going to buy the Easycare "Gloves" which are VERY easy to put on. If the trainer won't use them then I guess he won't be in training any more.
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I'm wondering too. Mine have made it through without shoes on this summer and no sign of ouchy at all. My ménage does get some stones in it but they could more easily get a bruise in the field and we ride on some pretty rough trails
I've always found that the secret to having good hard feet is in diet and allowing as much barefoot contact with the ground as possible - I'm not sure that the more you use boots the more he will rely on them and is going to get ouchy in the field too - so where do you go from there?
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As far as fit, the easyboot gloves are probably the least bulky, but you have to keep their feet trimmed regularly cause the fit is so tight.

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Its called it doesn't have perfect healthy feet that why its ouchy.
Like I said in original post...I have not noted this myself. I do not think he has a problem and my farrier agrees. Heck, I team pen on him barefoot with no problems in a worse arena than ours. He's never been bruised or taken a bad step in any way. I think my trainer is just pro-shoe for some reason. All her horses are shod, she's never tried barefoot and knows nothing about the hoof structure or physiology. I think that a lot of trainers can be this way because it's a lot of work to keep horses barefoot and shoes are so much easier. So I am just doing this to keep the peace.
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