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    08-06-2011, 06:51 PM
Do you have a reason for putting shoes on her or is it a just because kind of thing? I'm just curious really. All 3 of my horses are barefoot and it seems like most people seem to put shoes on because that is the normal.I don't want to start a debate, just wondering
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    08-06-2011, 07:27 PM
Hi Holly
Thanks for your interest in wanting to learn.

The best advice I have for you based on what you stated is to try and keep her hoofs in about the same texture year round.

That being said as I know is almost impossible as seasons change through out the year and so do the feet.

A rule a thumb. A horse's hoof will grow the same speed as the grass in your area. Not the same about in inches as the grass but they take the same course.

If the grass grows fast so do the feet if the grass grows slow so do the feet.

If that makes any sense to you its just part of nature.

As far as how often to reshoe your horse or have it trimmed if you desire to keep her barefooted is 4 to 6 weeks and some can go 6 to 8 weeks.

You will have to watch and determine what's best for your horse.

I will give you a heads up for young horses having shoes on the very first time they do seem to grow faster that first time. All you can do is keep an eye on the feet and see how they do for you.

Good luck.
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    08-06-2011, 07:52 PM
Hi Rachel1786!

Thanks for your inquiry. I feel it is necessary because how easily her feet chip and crack...last year one of her feet had a vertical crack from the dryness....I have not been comfortable working her and training her until I know her feet are safe from damage. Do you have any other suggestions?

On a further note... She is only "green" broke....she is a 3 year old Mare. She needs a lot of love and attention. She was abandoned and I took her in just last year. I have been showering her with love and attention..but, its time she gets to work I am not even sure what breed she is....I have heard people say she is a thoroughbred....some say tenn walker... I will have to post full size pics. Maybe you all can help me.

She is a wonderful horse. But, in regards to her feet...I can't really ride her for long or work her without causing some damage to her feet ... I live in a dry and rocky area...and I feel that going barefoot isnt good for her...especially when she acts up and is rough on her own feet. I hope I am making! Please if you have any ideas... I am open to hear and learn.

Thanks again
    08-06-2011, 07:52 PM
Thank you Anvil!!!!

    08-10-2011, 01:23 PM
Another sign of a good farrier is they are patient with new horse owners. You should be able to feel free to ask questions without fear of being ridiculed. If he suggests something, ask him why-- make sure he knows that you're not questioning his judgement, you just want to know everything you can. Asking questions shows that you care and that you want the best for your horse.

But never say "well I read online that... blah blah blah." That will probably get you laughed at hahaha. Just kidding.
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    08-10-2011, 01:37 PM
Originally Posted by Holly Hobbie    
Hi All

Today, my Kate is getting shoes for the first time. I am a new horse owner and I desperately want to give my sweet girl the best.
Thanks Everybody!
I am in your shoes... (pun intended ) new to horses. If I were you, not knowing anything about shoeing horses, I would ask around to other experienced horse owners to get recommendations for a good farrier.
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    08-31-2011, 01:05 PM
What a great question! Glad someone is asking about it. A good farrier can make or break you, and these are fantastic answers.
I was wondering about the soaking, too. Never heard of that. Did he give you a solution to soak in? Maybe he thinks the hooves need conditioning? I would definitely ask him the purpose of anything he tells you to do, and remember to give him input, too. The more info you can give him on how often and where you ride, diet, hoof products you use, etc the better he can tailor what he does to your needs.
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    08-31-2011, 01:30 PM
I have found that another good indicator for a good farrier is the fact that they are very busy and hard to get, when they have a lot of customers that swear by them and won't use anyone else, that usually means they're good!

One word of caution, you can't always trust a referral. My bf used a farrier referred to him by a neighbor before we started dating. He is new to horses and didn't know what to look for. Well, WAY too much toe, no heel, and a crack that is almost all of the way to the coronet band. Thankfully it's healing well, but it could have been a very bad thing. When he asked the farrier about the crack he said, "Oh, that's no big deal, we'll just put a shoe on it."

I applaud you for doing the research and arming yourself with the information you need to keep your baby girl happy and healthy!
    09-01-2011, 01:37 PM
Originally Posted by Anvil    
I don't know why you would want to soak the horse's hoofs before a shoeing other than making the foot soft.
Yeah, I was wondering about that, too. My "Corporal's" (1982-2009, RIP, Arabian) feet were so hard I felt stupid sometimes getting him shod (for vacations in the Rockies, primarily). I have never had a farrier ask me to soak a horses feet. In fact, just soaking in water should dry them out some. Ever do a lot of ME?!?!? My hands are ALWAYS dried out even if I'm only scrubbing the algae out of my chicken's waterers. Most horses have better feet in a drought than turned out in a rainy season.
ALso, my little Amish farrier charges me $19/trim/horse, but $40.00/straight shoeing IF I transport to his barn, more if he travels to my house. That price is meager. Is your farrier just starting his practice? Did you get any referrals before hiring him? Does he come with the "stable" where you keep your horse?
Certainly NOT trying to bash on him, since he don't have enough farriers practicing. I agree with the previous post re: sound feet after trimming/shoeing.
    09-01-2011, 01:40 PM
Originally Posted by Jacksmama    
...WAY too much toe, no heel, and a crack that is almost all of the way to the coronet band. Thankfully it's healing well, but it could have been a very bad thing. When he asked the farrier about the crack he said, "Oh, that's no big deal, we'll just put a shoe on it."
Farriers can do wonders in that way, thank goodness. It's just a big PITA that ANY cracks or chips take forever to heal. My QH came with 2 gashes, both in the rear hooves. FINALLY, 14 months later, they are completely healed.

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