Actually, I just had my horse's shoes pulled based off my farrier's opinion that he would benefit from it. An ethical farrier will recommend what he truly believes is best for the horse (whether he's right or not is another story)
I'm happy that your farrier recommended that.
The statement was asking a farrier "if horses
I'm sure there are plenty of farriers who might say that a specific horse might not need shoes. That's probably why so many people believe that some do and some don't (the reality being that none do). Shoeing horses was something that came out of Europe. None of the great horse societies of history had shod horses. Ever wonder why feral horses (e.g. Mustangs and Brumbies) don't have terribly messed up feet? And they range over some pretty rough terrain, but the poor, neglected creatures don't have anyone to put shoes on them.
(unless they get caught and returned to a domestic state). OH, it must be domestication that makes them need shoes.
A farrier would not be a farrier if he didn't believe that horses need shoes. If they didn't believe that they wouldn't be putting shoes on a horse
They'd recommend that all horses remain unshod (since it's what's healthy for the foot) and tell you how to best care for and prepare the foot for the ground you plan to ride on.
And for those who want to use the farriers answer that "there are cases when shoeing is necessary" for treating things like severe laminitis, well, that special shoeing isn't actually necessary either. In fact, especially with all the things available today, shoeing isn't required. E.g. Cases with coffin bone penetration have been successfully treated without the horse being shod. Other ways can allow checking the progress up close as often as desired without having to pull shoes and put them back on and does not damage to the hoof (which, however slight someone might want to argue it is, nails always
damage or degrade (use whichever you prefer
) the hoof. Law of physics still applies
Everyone has the right to do what they want to their own horse. So for those who want to believe that some or even all horse need shoes...knock yourselves out. It's your horse and no one is likely to stop you from doing it (no one's going to stop you from smoking either, but it doesn't change the fact that it's harmful).
I've never had mine shod, but that was at first the result of my family never keeping shod horses. Later I learned more about equine feet medically (along with the more information about their digestive system and why we never fed grain, but that's a different topic although it can end up as a foot issue). There have certainly been some that had been shod that required time to fix and make the foot right again.
I also don't fix the feet on someone's horse(s) if they are going to have them shod again. What would be the point? It's like saving a condemned man so he can be hanged a few days later
. I let them go to a farrier. They and the farrier both happy and I'm not stressed over it.