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post #1 of 18 Old 08-01-2011, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
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Question should i shoe my horse?

My horse has never worn shoes for the 11 years of her life but on all websites i read they say horse should. She seems quite happy with out them but im still not sure what to do please help
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post #2 of 18 Old 08-01-2011, 12:58 PM
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If she has never had shoes and doesn't need them, I defiantly wouldn't get them.
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post #3 of 18 Old 08-01-2011, 01:19 PM Thread Starter
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ok thx for helping me because i wasnt sure
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ok!thanks for helping me
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post #5 of 18 Old 08-01-2011, 01:24 PM
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Why fix what is not broken.

Be interested in some links to "all websites i read they say horse should" since I have never ran into a sight that says anything close to that.
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post #6 of 18 Old 08-01-2011, 01:34 PM
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I think it all depends on what you are doing with your horse?

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post #7 of 18 Old 08-01-2011, 03:21 PM
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If her hooves are in good condition, and handle whatever she's doing already without, then by no means does she need shoes.

All five of mine are barefoot. My gelding trips horribly with shoes. For that, he can't have them on for any amount of harder work, and thankfully his hooves are strong enough to handle it.

The only times he's had shoes on, is when we travel into a rockier terrain and I don't want his hooves to chip, or if it's raining a lot, and his hoof wall starts cracking. Otherwise, he moves his best without. Why spend the extra money anyways if they don't need them?

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post #8 of 18 Old 08-01-2011, 03:41 PM
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Why are you thinking of changing from Bare to Shod ? just because someone else does, does not mean you need to as well..... only 3 of my horse's are shod and the other 3 have wonderful hard, wear them down evenly hoof's. JMO 2cent's ...

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post #9 of 18 Old 08-01-2011, 03:59 PM
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Horses who are heavily competing on show circuits or have to deal with really rough terrain (lot's of road work) are pushed to have shoes on so it prevents hooves from wear, tear and breakage as well as supporting and securing horses on their feet (corks, studs etc). If your horse has never had shoes on and if completely sound i wouldn't suggest getting shoes put on. If your horse isn't chipping and has a proper bare foot job done, it should be happy enough without.
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post #10 of 18 Old 08-01-2011, 04:03 PM
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I agree with everyone else. If your horse hasn't ever worn shoes there is no point in putting them on now and there is no point in spending money on something your horse doesn't need.

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