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post #11 of 18 Old 08-01-2011, 05:56 PM
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Most disciplines can be trained for in boots, then remove them for the show. The only one I can think of where you need rear shoes is reining because of the sliders.
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post #12 of 18 Old 08-02-2011, 11:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Amy Wathke View Post
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 #13 of 18 Old 08-03-2011, 06:04 AM Thread Starter
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ok thak you everybody for helping me i only asked because im thinking of entering some horse shows!!! thanks guys
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post #14 of 18 Old 08-03-2011, 06:06 AM Thread Starter
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ok thx guys for all your help!!! I only asked because im thinking of entering a few shows soon
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post #15 of 18 Old 08-03-2011, 01:45 PM
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If your horse is doing fine with the normal work load and a little more than what is required for the shows you are doing, they will be fine. But talk to your farrier and see what She/He thinks you should do.

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post #16 of 18 Old 08-03-2011, 11:30 PM
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Ask your farrier. They know your horse's feet best. Make sure you tell him what you plan to do with your horse (showing) so he can evaluate what is the best option.

Me nor anyone on here can tell you to shoe your horse or to not shoe your horse. We can't see your horse's feet or evaluate her soundness. That's why I say to ask your farrier.

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post #17 of 18 Old 08-04-2011, 03:48 PM
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If your horse doesn't struggle with what you are doing now then I dont see much point in putting shoes on. Unless you planned on trying something new then maybe have a chat with your farrier? But if you aren't, i would leave alone.
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post #18 of 18 Old 08-05-2011, 04:33 PM
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heck if I could I would be much cheaper on my pocket....

I had a barefoot pony as a kid and he was fine and he was worked like all the other horses... pony club, horse shows, eventing, road riding (alot) does depend on the horse...

I do agree to get you farrier to have a look and see what they say as well but does sound like he will be fine... I have some friends who ride bitless and barefoot up to GP level!
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