Some horses just cannot go barefooted or with boots. Some require shoes. Some that have low heels when they were ridden had to be shod or he was lame. He is now retired, still has low heels, it is how his hoof grows.
Shoes would help his heels grow. I only do barefoot, but that is a person choice. I personally believe you have many other options if the only real goal is to protect his feet to allow them to and while they grow out, which doesn't mean iron shoes aren't an option. Regardless of the ultimate choice of shoes, how balanced he is going in and is kept during the "grow out" period is also pretty important.
It is lucky for you the person you want to talk to about equisocks (which I am not familiar w) is so close.
Woot! The woman that promotes the equisocks responded to me, I'm a little far for her, but recommended someone that apprenticed under her for a few months. If my farrier wont try the equisocks first before going to shoes hopefully this guy can help me.
I'd ask a farrier/trimmer and if they say no, go back to the vet and ask for more specific reasoning. Your horse's hooves are decent, IMO. Yes the heels seem underslung, but it takes time to bring them back. (I'm working on that right now with my mare and after 6 months I finally can see progress... I think...)
Some horses do need shoes I think, but if you are hesitant, ask for more opinions and get solid reasoning from whomever you ask so you understand why they say what they say.
And, btw, 24/7 boots as mentioned in a post above, is not a good idea. Very rarely are boots recommended for full-time use.
I think you're right & perhaps the vet just doesn't know of any better options. Anything wrong with replacing the ripped boot? I'd probably use something like epics rather than gloves for weak underrun heels, so you can fit padding in too. I don't believe shoes are helpful for underrun heels & forward toes. Posted via Mobile Device
I actually fixed the ripped one so I can use it again now :) I didn't realize how easy the gators were to change and I had an extra boot (just one size up then he needed on the backs) so I took its gator and changed it :)
I can def look into getting some epics though, is the sizing comparable to the gloves? I saw on Easyboots site that there are pad inserts for the gloves too?
I def won't be leaving boots on 24/7 I know that's a nono! I got ahold of a natural barefoot trimmer that's only a few miles from my barn, my usually farrier still hasn't called me back and I'm worried he will want to just go to shoes too :( this trimmer def thinks I shouldn't put shoes on though and she's actually an easyboot dealer! I'm hoping she will do the equicasting for me, it just looks like it really can help then I can just go back to booting up for the trails like I usually did! Posted via Mobile Device
I'm not sure what to think of those equisocks. I'm wondering if they wouldn't hold in moisture and cause difficulty with thrush. I also don't see how they would help transition to shoes. If they are as hard as wood, it seems to me that the sole is not being encouraged to build up callous. If you do try them, please post pics - lots of them! Before, during and after. Then let us know how your horse does in them.
I tried shoes for 2 cycles to see if my horse gaited any different. Like if she was holding back due to sensitive feet. She's the same. In fact, she strides out better barefoot. She had been tripping like once every ride, I think because of the pebbly limestone road. If she starts again, the shoes go back on.
However, maybe your horse is ouchy right now because of wet weather? Maybe the hoof shape has changed and the boot is not fitting as it should? I don't think it would be detrimental to try shoes for a few cycles to see if there's a difference. At least you'll know.
"However, maybe your horse is ouchy right now because of wet weather? Maybe the hoof shape has changed and the boot is not fitting as it should? I don't think it would be detrimental to try shoes for a few cycles to see if there's a difference. At least you'll know."
Good points, my normal farrier has still yet to call me back, lately I feel like I've been on his back burner...been coming late, not showing up, taking forever to return calls...kind of upsetting because when he actually shows up he's awesome :( not sure what farrier I'd try for shoes if not him, ill have to do some research. For now I'm going to try to stay barefoot though. Posted via Mobile Device