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    02-07-2012, 08:49 PM

Is it good or bad for a horse to be barefoot? I am buying a horse soon and it is currently barefoot. Will that make a diffrence in anything? Also what are shoes used for?
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    02-07-2012, 09:09 PM
If the horse is used to being barefoot, there is no reason to put shoes on it. A barefoot trim, done correctly is actually better for the horse than having shoes on. But it also depends on what you are planning to use the horse for. Anything where you are on soft to med-firm ground, barefoot is great. But most horses require shoes for traveling over rocking ground, especially if there is no rocky ground in their pasture for them to get used to walking on it. But if you really don't want to put shoes on him, you can always used the boots that have a protective layer that acts like shoes, but you only put them on when you need to.

I actually prefer barefoot to shod, it's more natural, and in my opinion better for the horse and their feet.
    02-07-2012, 09:18 PM
Alot depends on the individual horse,the condition,structure,ect. Of their hooves, how they are trimmed,and what you use the horses for.
I currently have two barefoot horses that I use for pleasure riding,alot of which is done over rough/rocky ground.The farriers say their feet are very tough and in great condition,and they have no need for shoes.
    02-07-2012, 10:27 PM
I prefer a barefoot horse its more natural.. and if you have a farrier that trims the hoof to the natural growth instead of "shaping" it will increase the probability of a happy barefoot horse. But not all horses can be barefoot... I worked with a little Tennessee Walker who lived in a stall and was rode only in a sandy arena...When my clients bought her they wanted her to go barefoot so the next time the farrier was out they just had him take the shoes off and do a barefoot trim. She was tender on the hard clay, rocky ground, even though she has Great Feet, she still today can't go barefoot she's just too tender.

Other horses like my friends mystery horse only needs shoes on the front. It just depends
    02-08-2012, 07:31 AM
My 14 yr old mare had no callous on her front feet when I got her, just live soul but slow walking up & down our gravel driveway fixed that & her feet are great now. My 2yr old has tough hooves never been a problem. My natural trimmer started coming out to do just my 2 & now has a total of 7 horses to do every 5 weeks! Everyone is super happy with the trims!
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    02-08-2012, 07:48 AM
Green Broke
My mare stays barefooted, but I ride her in Easy boots on the front feet.
    02-08-2012, 01:07 PM
My thoroughbred has front shoes but is barefoot in the back. My QH gelding is barefoot all the time. It really depends on the horses hoof condition.
    02-08-2012, 08:19 PM
No need my mare is bare foot just if their hooves get soft put some clear hoof polish on them and in a few days it will harden them up we trail ride on rocky ground and no crack , chips , or flares
    02-10-2012, 01:03 PM
Green Broke
After trimming, I roll the hoof so there aren't any sharp edges on the them.

Rolling the hoof seems to help as far as splitting and cracking.
    02-11-2012, 11:19 PM
Barefoot all the way. Way more healthier for the horse.

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