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post #11 of 12 Old 10-18-2011, 10:04 PM
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One thing I wanted to add...Huey has a wedge on one of his feet. If he doesn't have the wedge, the angles of his hoof and fetlock (? the bit of his leg where his corona is, right above the hoof) are true, but they don't match the other foot, so he gets a little wobble in his gait. He only has shoes on his front feet, and that is at least to some degree to hold the wedge on.

I asked the farrier and my trainer about whether it would be a problem for him just getting around if his hoofs? hooves? what is the right word? and fetlocks don't match. They said "no" if he's not being ridden, but if he is being ridden, they both said that it would make a strain on the joints in his shoulder while I keep him straight and bend him. So I am thinking that the shoe vs. barefoot thing has some extra angles that are maybe specific to the horse...
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post #12 of 12 Old 10-18-2011, 10:38 PM
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All of my horses are barefoot without issue. My mother's horse had shoes on her front feet when we got her because she was going to be going on rocky terrain for a trail ride. If a horse is sitting over winter I don't think they nessisarily need shoes. Two of my horses have never had shoes on and their hooves are in fair shape.
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