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        02-01-2008, 12:37 PM

    I have a 4 yr old and when she gets shoes on she is very very bad ... I think it is because it hurts her. I don't want to traumatize her or make the shoer a bad experience ... any ideas?
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        02-01-2008, 12:57 PM
    The best solution would be to stop shoeing her. I have read many times and I believe it to be true that taking the shoes off and having a barefoot trim is healthier for your horses hooves. I keep my horse unshoed and his feet are wonderful. They are firm, he moves on cement, they don't have any chips or cracks or the likes. The sole is very healthy. She may be sore at first, not only from the shoes but because he feet aren't used to making direct contact with ground so they may bruise. She will still be ridable just avoid moving around a lot on cement or hard rocky surfaces until her feet harden and get used to that if she has been shoed for a long time. I'm not saying go out and rip her shoes off, I'd say next time your farrier comes out tell him you don't want her shoed.
        02-01-2008, 01:14 PM
    I agree, is there a reason your shoeing her? Or are they there just because? There isnt much point in shoeing a horse unless you are doing A LOT of riding on the roads or in a sport which requires shoes.
    At 4 Im guessing she is still green and isnt doing a whole lot of roading or galloping across country on potential wet ground. If you do decide to take her shoes off I suggest getting some hoof boots for when you ride her, they will help greatly in helping her feet adjust, and should help minimize bruising.
        02-01-2008, 01:57 PM
    I have shoes on her cause she is out with another horse who has shoes .. the ground is really wet right now so I am keeping her in a stall to try and dry them out some. She isn't off at all just seems a little ouchy ...

    Thanks! :)
        02-02-2008, 07:29 AM
    Ive switched over to barefoot recently and I wouldnt go back to shoes for any amount of money. Its been really really wet here too but it honestly doesnt make any difference whether they have shoes on or not.

    If she is reacting so badly to having the shoes on I would seriously look at going barefoot. It has many benefits.
    Here is some info on barefoot
        02-02-2008, 10:09 PM
    Green Broke
    Yeah I agree with everyone else I would just leave her barefool
        02-03-2008, 11:53 PM
    I use to do the shoes but my farrier recommended trying barefoot trimming and they have done great wouldn't go back to shoes
        02-04-2008, 05:01 AM
    I agree with keeping her barefoot.
        02-04-2008, 08:09 AM
    Our girls have always been barefoot. They all have lovely feet in hot, cold, wet or dry weather. We have ridden them in all sort of terrain with no problems. There has only been one time I felt they needed shoes and that was going up the side of a mountain covered in nasty big rocks. We have since gotten hoof boots for those rare occasions. Be careful if you do decide to go barefoot. The basic trim a lot of farriers do is not a barefoot trim. Check the webside Jazzyrider posted for more info.
        02-04-2008, 04:24 PM
    Yep yep everyone is right barefoot is the right way to go. Also shoes just because its muddy will probably give you a better chance of getting more mud and stuff stuck in them and cause more problems...but really barefoot is a really good way to go.

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