Originally Posted by kathryn
So I know it is very very important to pick out feet with shoes. But almost all the horses at my barn don't have back shoes. Do you still need to pick those out? Because a lot of the horses are very anti-picking up their back feet, so usually I just get it a few inches off the ground, and reach under with the hoof brush and try to get as many swipes in there as possible before I lose my grip and they slam their hoof down. Do I need to do a better job on their back feet? I usually get most of it out doing it the way I do it now, but do I need to make positive I get it all?
ABSOLUTELY. Shoes or not there is no corolation as to the decision you should be making on the picking and cleaning out of hooves. The purpose of cleaning hooves is to remove any debris that might cause injury, check of cracks, bruises and other injuries etc.
Would you not ever brush a horse just because you didnt ride it?
Picking of hooves is a regular part of horse care. You should make a habit of cleaning out hooves regardless of the horse or what you are about to do with the animal.