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    06-09-2011, 04:13 PM
front shoes only!!

Ive started to loan a horse and still learning all about them. She dosn't have shoes and hasn't for a while now but because I do alot of hacking out the owner has told me she is to have front shoes on. Can anyone tell me why sometimes you only need fronts shoes and not a full set??

I'd appreciate any help, thanks

Clio X
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    06-09-2011, 04:30 PM
Because a horse carries most of its weight on its front end, so those are the hooves that will get worn down more quickly.

My TB currently only has front shoes on, but I'm getting ready to go back to 4 all around for various reasons.
    06-09-2011, 04:44 PM
Thanks for the reply, I was told I had to cover the cost for the shoes which I hadn't budgeted for as I was told there was no hidden extras to pay just the monthly payment for the loan of the horse. How often will they need replacing?

Clio X
    06-09-2011, 04:49 PM
Do you have a written contract stating you're responsible only for the monthly loan payment? If you don't, you need to get one ASAP or this owner may have you footing all sorts of bills.

As far as how often shoes need to be reset, that depends entirely on the horse and how fast its feet grow. With a shod horse, I rarely go more than 6 weeks between trims and shoeing. Some people can get 8 weeks out of a trim/shoeing, but that's pretty much as far as I'd want to push it.
    06-09-2011, 05:00 PM
My young one has fronts only purely from a cost perspective :) She isnt doing any real hard work yet - once she starts her jumping career then she will move to a full set :)

I have both my horses (Ones in fronts) reshod every 5 weeks
    06-09-2011, 05:12 PM
I don't have a contract its a very popular very friendly farm. They have about 60 horses intotal, they are not all at the farm and some are privately owned. I loan the horse from the woman who owns the farm and the majority of the horses. I did this because it works out cheaper to loan than to have the amount of hacks I wanted each week. I get to ride every day if I wanted but I go about 4 times a weeks which I wouldn't be able to afford otherwise. She did say she wouldn't have her shod but because Im doing a lot of hacking out she will have to have front shoes on. So I know its for the health of the horse which I totally understand. I did ask if there was anything else I needed to pay for as I hadn't budgeted for this on top of the monthly payment and she said there wasn't. To be honest I didn't know what to expect I think I just panic cos it was more money I will have to find on a regular basis. I sat and juggled my finances around so I could afford to loan the horse and im trying to get what overtime I can in order to pay for her.

Clio X
    06-09-2011, 05:19 PM
Friendly or not, this is business. I've done business with friends, and in order to keep everyone happy we've drawn up binding contracts. That way, everybody knows what their expectations and expenses are right from the start.

Not saying you're not getting a great deal, but if you're budgeted so tightly that a trim and front shoes every 6 weeks is going to hurt you financially, you may need to rethink this.
    06-14-2011, 09:17 AM
You may find that a trim and steel on the fronts isn't as expensive as you think. At least not in my area anyway. And you won't need new steel every time. You can just get a trim and reset so long as the shoes are still good. How often the feet need done depends on the horse and how much you ride. The more you ride, the more often you may find they need their feet done. Or if they paw a lot and blow through shoes (like mine!). But really, its not an astronomical price (again, at least not in my area). You'll be fine.
    06-14-2011, 09:28 AM
Shoes, even just fronts, when you have not planned for them can be a pretty scary expense for sure.

Since this is not your horse are you being told this by the horse owner or by the farrier?
Curious as to where the decision is coming from (and why you were told there would be no additional expenses and now there is this one).

I personally prefer shoes but have you considered boots? If this horse only needs shoes because of the extra miles you are putting on it but is perfectly sound for everything else boots might be a good alternative for you.
    06-14-2011, 03:21 PM
I decided to loan a horse at the farm as it was cheaper than having a couple of hacks out aweek and I could ride as often as I liked. The horse Im loaning is used alot for lessons on an all sand arena and only did an occasional hack out so the owner of the school didn't have shoes on her. When I started to have a couple of hacks out a week the owner mentioned she would have front shoes on her next time the farrier was down I suppose to protect the horses feet. A week before the farrier came down I had paid to loan the horse so I could ride her as often as I liked and as a child I always wanted my own horse so its like full filling a childhood dream. The payment is paid monthly and I asked if there was anything else I had to pay for which I was told 'no'. However later the first week of having the horse the owner said the farrier was coming down that weekend to do quite a few of the horses (a routine visit) and I would have to pay for my horses. When I questioned it I was told that she wouldn't have her shod only I was hacking out alot and she needs them. My complaint was I did ask if there was anything else I had to payfor and was told 'no' and now I have to pay for them. I don't object to her having shoes on and paying for them its just I had only budgeted for the monthly payments and not the shoes and considering its a big treat for me to have this horse its alot of extra money I have to find. Im trying to get as much overtime as possible at work for my big treat but theres not alot going so I've sat and done my sums to be able to afford it. I don't mean to be picky and I love having my horse and being able to ride loads but when your juggling money around the shoe thing is alot more money for me to find. Just wish I was told before that's all.

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