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post #21 of 34 Old 06-07-2013, 05:48 PM
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renegades or gloves if they work for your horse but good luck getting rennies used. Noone wants to sell them usually. Light and like a sneaker, not a combat boot.

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post #22 of 34 Old 06-07-2013, 06:27 PM
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All the horses I've ever had have been barefoot. If we bought them shoed, we usually ended up taking them off. Shoes were expensive and our horses never needed them- if we were riding on rough terrain, we'd use boots.
I don't believe in it being one way or the other. Some horses are best barefoot, some are best with shoes on. We did have one filly who had navicular disease and required special (very expensive) shoes, and we ended up selling her because of it. I prefer barefoot, and we have never had a problem with keeping any of our horses barefoot, but if a horse needs shoes, then they should have shoes.
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post #23 of 34 Old 06-07-2013, 06:28 PM
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fluffy and jaydee, they have really inexpensive fit kits for some boots. Other than that, if you measure well and study the charts you can generally find something that fits. I live in a rocky area, so I almost always boot up (fronts only), but if I go somewhere that it is just soft dirt or sand (like by a river), I don't bother. Mine, at least, could go all day every day in soft dirt w/o boots and be just fine.

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post #24 of 34 Old 06-08-2013, 03:30 AM
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I keep my TB barefoot Fall-Spring, then I put shoes on for Summer. He has thin soles so when the ground gets hard his feet get sore. I have thought about using boots, but I can't keep them on 24/7 and I don't want to use them for arena riding. I would love to keep him barefoot year round, but in Summer he's just more comfortable with shoes on.
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post #25 of 34 Old 06-08-2013, 05:43 AM
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To shoe or not to shoe?
Myth: Horses don't need shoes.

Fact: This is not necessarily true.

There is some misinformation that has found its way into the equine culture.

Of course there are many horses that can perform beautifully without wearing shoes. Saying that, to reject the idea of the need for shoes could limit the performance of your horse.

We shoe horses for three reasons; protection, support and traction. If for any reason your horses bare foot is lacking in one of these, shoes should always be considered.


Miover is barefoot, farriar tho sugest with good hoofs like miover keep barefoot
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post #26 of 34 Old 06-08-2013, 08:26 AM
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one of the horses where I use to live has very flat front hoofs..so needs shoes on his front, he doesnt have shoes on his back

It is w/e works best for the horse individually
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post #27 of 34 Old 06-12-2013, 01:17 PM
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I think the answer to the question of barefoot or shod is much deeper than what can be answered in just a few paragraphs. There's much to consider.

But here's my opinion anyhow.

I prefer barefoot, and the hoof needs to be conditioned to the terrain you want to ride on. And taking into consideration a few things will determine how long it will take to get those hooves into their peak shape. It most likely won't be next week, sometimes it can take over a year to reach that point. It takes time, so patience AND consistency is required.

If you had a barefoot horse that is kept on soft pasture, and you generally ride on soft fields or trails, you can't expect the horse to handle rocky trails without being sore. That's just expecting too much. The hoof needs to build up to handle that type of terrain. And it also needs consistent movement on that type of ground, as in more than once a week. BUT, you can't let the horse get sore on that type of ground either, you need to quit before the hooves get sore and the horse is in pain for days on end.

I prefer to listen to the advice of those with WAY more experience than I. And one comment I will always remember from my barefoot, "teacher", is that he noticed the hoof will adapt to the situation it's in most often. And horses that were in rocky terrain adapted to the point that they grew fast enough to keep up with the wear from all the rocks, he also noticed that the soles and hoof walls became MUCH thicker. So if you want a horse to be a, "rock cruncher', then you need to be riding on rocky terrain consistently. But again, you have to give the hoof enough time to adapt without making the horse sore.

Anyway....that's my two pence.
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post #28 of 34 Old 06-12-2013, 04:28 PM
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It depends on the horse and terrain, as others have said.

My current mount wears shoes, because he has been kept on sawdust and worked in a graded, moist arena and has pretty soft feet. To access trails here, you have to go across pavement, hard rocky terrain, etc, and his feet are not accustomed to that barefoot. He just does better with shoes balance-wise anyway - the minute they start getting worn down, he starts tripping a little more each ride, but put new shoes on and he's perfect again.

My other horse though has always been barefoot, as he was kept on the same hard ground he was ridden on, and never showed any pain or stiffness. He has super thick hooves as well, and he came to us barefoot, so he was obviously accustomed to it. He did just fine with a trim every 6 weeks.
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Folks, go back and look underneath little Jethro's name.

Seems he/she has been banned -- don't waste your breath

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post #30 of 34 Old 06-12-2013, 06:23 PM
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haha, good catch walkin!!! Yet, the carrot bandit is still with us?

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