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    01-16-2014, 07:20 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by DuckDodgers    
What about horses that need shoes for soundness purposes? It's not like you can take the shoes off every evening when you turn them out :P
Very true - unless your using hoof boots. However, if it's your own horses in the pasture, then you can take a chance - my horses are all barefoot and, because it's an established group that I know well, I would do that if I had to. Now, if there are horses belonging to different owners in a pasture, then (if I was a barn owner/manager) I would likely air on the side of caution and not allow it; Mr. Shoes would need to go in a turn out pen.
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    01-16-2014, 07:30 PM
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My boy was kicked in the head when he was 7 months old and nearly died of brain damage. If the assaulting horse would have been shod, he would have died. If he gets kicked in the head again, he will die. This is the exact reason I don't turn my boy out in the back pasture. The two main(dominant) horses are shod all around and have no hesitance in kicking. I just don't want to take that chance. I would love it if my barn had a "no hind shoes in the back field" rule. But unfortunately not.
    01-16-2014, 07:32 PM
I've never boarded anywhere with that rule, though I have heard of it before. I think it's kind of silly myself, simply because if a horse is determined enough to kill himself, he'll find a way, and taking shoes off is going make a difference in such an infinitesimally small number of cases that it's like putting a lottery ticket in your will on the off chance it's the winner. That said, their barn, their rules. Like it or board elsewhere.
    01-16-2014, 07:51 PM
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My boy pilgrim is a very nasty kicker when he first meets a new horse. Every time I add a new pasture mate, I pull his shoes for the initial "Meet and Greet".
After things settle down, about 3 weeks, and he has established his dominance, I have them put back on. He also has borium on his shoes which can tear another horse up.
    01-16-2014, 08:31 PM
It was for sure a concern when my horse went out with a friend and, while there was no rule, we had to decide whether it was worth the risk. We decided it was during the summer, but when they got winterized shoes they were turned out individually.
    01-19-2014, 10:56 AM
I've never seen a BO in my area smart enough to make a rule like that but I think it's a decent idea. The alternative would be that horses with hind shoes have to be turned out alone. We have many horse owners at the barn I board that lack common sense and would never understand the dangers until someone's horse had it's leg broken or worse.
    01-19-2014, 04:40 PM
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My horse is boarded in a barn with such a rule and I'm so glad! I don't want to have horses with shod hind feet in the same herd as mine - and I don't find that being overprotective. In one of the previous barns I used to board at, a horse was killed by being struck with a shod hoof in the head, and my gelding was lame for a while because of being kicked by a horse, shod on all fours. It's just not safe.
    01-19-2014, 06:15 PM
I've never heard of that rule, but I've only been at English show barns so that may be why. My warmblood gelding is shod all around, but he only goes out with my TB gelding since they're both on night turnout and they're the only ones who use that pasture that are. I think the rule is a little ridiculous, and all the people I've known that had horses die from it the horse that kicked wasn't shod. Horses will be horses. What if the horse absolutely needs to be shod on the back? Are they going to kick that person out?
    01-20-2014, 03:27 PM
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In the case of our barn then - yes, there are no separate paddocking options, so, if the horse absolutely needs the shoes or the owner does not want the shoes to go, then they have to look for a different boarding place.
    01-20-2014, 06:53 PM
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Most horses in my area have shoes front and back. When they are turned out they are only in an arena. When I turn my mare out with a new horse I will stay in the arena with a whip and monitor them. Shoes or no shoes I keep an eye on new horses with my mare. She is a 960lb arab being turned out with 1200lb tbs or qhs. She won't win lol.

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