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        01-09-2014, 03:02 PM
      #61
    Trained
    Well, don't try to say shoes aren't okay, because they are in some cases and that's my opinion.

    That's the funny thing about opinions, everybody has them and just because somebody doesn't have the same one as you doesn't mean that they aren't allowed to voice it in response to yours.
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        01-09-2014, 03:31 PM
      #62
    Foal
    Everyone has the right to say anything they want. Just because most people like shoes don't mean I have to. So no one has the right to tell me that im wrong to think shoes are bad for horses.Its not as a big of a deal that everyone is trying to make it. I don't like shoes, you do end of story. But this is not about me or you. The OP was asking should I shoe or not. And I was posting my experience that I had and still having with shoes.
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        01-10-2014, 05:40 AM
      #63
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Haffieluver06    
    I did not post on here to be argued with, im not that kind of person.
    Unfortunately, your opinion seemed to be phrased in such a way that it did come across as insulting or 'better then thou'. It's great that you don't believe in shoeing your horses, but the comment

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    Originally Posted by Haffieluver06    
    its not natural to nail a hunk of metal to their foot
    came across as a little rude (for want of a better word). You can see other people here who have similar opinions to yours who managed to voice it in a much more polite way without coming across as trying to make people feel bad for using shoes.

    In some cases it is completely necessary. The veterinary world has come up with shoes that can now help a horse with bad joints, tender feet, unbalanced confirmation, even things such as Navicular and the like.

    Just to point out that I completely respect your opinion (I didn't shoe my horse either as he didn't need it so please don't take this as me bashing your opinion), but what I think we're trying to say is don't be so harsh and "this is the only way all other ways are wrong" about it :)
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        01-10-2014, 09:48 AM
      #64
    Foal
    I don't like putting shoes on my horses feet. That does not make me rude. And I am not better then anybody, I don't like to argue it gets no where. I put a post on what I think about shoes just like everybody else.And im not against anyone else putting shoes on their horses feet.I said why I don't like shoes and just because anyone else don't agree with me don't mean you guys have the right to jump on me about it. Shoes have hurt my horse not help him.Again I was just sharing my experience,there no reason for anyone to get so in to it. In the end no matter what anyone says to me I still don't like shoes and you wont change my mind.
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        01-10-2014, 10:58 AM
      #65
    Green Broke
    Haffieluver--To me, this isn't arguing. It's discussion, which is what this forum is... I'm just sharing my opinion, just like you're sharing yours. They clash, and there's nothing wrong with that.

    I'm not trying to get you to put shoes on your horse, and I know that you're not trying to get me to take shoes off mine. I'm just trying to point out that, hey, your wording wasn't the best for your opinion. Here's why.
    No harm, no fowl.
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        01-10-2014, 11:05 AM
      #66
    Green Broke
    Lots and lots of great info in this thread, and the bottom line is, what others have stated already...IT DEPENDS ON THE HORSE!

    Get yourself a GOOD unbiased farrier who has an honest reputation. Beware of people who speak in extremes (All horses need shoes, All horses can go barefoot). If there's one thing I have found throughout my years as a horse owner, it's that extremes are usually incorrect because there are exceptions to EVERY rule.

    My farrier is a good, honest experienced horseman, and he will tell me the day he believes my horse needs shoes. So far, that day hasn't come with this farrier yet, and my horse remains sound and balanced as can be. And we have Evented and have done Jumpers as well (albeit at the lower levels...I do admit I have not done high level with my little 14.2 hand mare, so I'm not going to say that she wouldn't need shoes if we did that, I just don't know since I haven't ever tried - it's certainly possible she would).

    With my old farrier, at a different barn that had very hard footing, I did choose to put shoes on my mare, for the first time in her life, to protect her hooves from wearing down too quickly. After I moved to a barn with better footing, I pulled them and she's been barefoot since without issue. It depends not only on the horse, but on all of the outside factors that are acting upon that horse's hooves.

    Always stay open minded to both sides of the story. Ever heard the funny saying "There's always 3 sides of the story...His, Hers, and the Truth"? Well it applies to most things in life
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        01-10-2014, 02:35 PM
      #67
    Green Broke
    Agreed...it depends on the horse....I've got three and 2 can go barefooted....one just isn't comfortable without his shoes......

    I think it's an unnatural act to drive a nail in a horses foot too...but it's also an unnatural act for the horse to have a human on it's back.....and perhaps if a human wasn't on it's back then it wouldn't need shoes?
         
        01-10-2014, 02:41 PM
      #68
    Green Broke
    ^ Right and just because it's not natural doesn't make it wrong...take much of modern medicine for example! ;) My dad had both hips replaced, for example...he was much better off with those replacements and they certainly were not "natural"!
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        01-10-2014, 08:06 PM
      #69
    Started
    I used easyboots on my mare until I put back shoes on her (and she is more sound now btw). The boots started to distort her hoof by putting a line in them where the top of the boot was. They worked though. NEVER leave them on. My mare kept chipping her back foot so I left one on for an hour. She peed in it and I spent the next week fighting scratched -_-' Im pro shoes if you live in rocky areas. And if your horse destroyed her feet in their stall (Like mine).
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        01-10-2014, 08:50 PM
      #70
    Foal
    For those that don't believe in shoes, whats the options when riding on pavement? Everyone knows they can slip on pavement. I've ridden mine lately and keep him down to a very slow rack, even though he likes to go all out. But in a flat walk the other day he slipped a little bit.

    Normally I have shoes with boreum on them to keep from slipping and to protect his feet from harsh ground while trail riding.
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