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    01-11-2014, 10:19 AM
I use renegade hoof boots on paved roads to keep from slipping. It still allows the foot to expand. If you are looking for a better boot you can look them up. They fit around the hoof not their fetlock so it don't rub and they don't come off as easy.
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    01-11-2014, 12:45 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Trinity Ridge    
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.
I ride with boots...I've put over 500 miles on Easy Boot Epics and over 500 on Renegades....I bought another pair of Renegades in September so I guess I like the Renegades a little better....

I think the boots provide better traction on slick rocks etc, than shoes do.
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    01-11-2014, 06:55 PM
I kept my mare barefoot for 4yrs but when we moved to a drier climate we started having cracking issues so she now has shoes again. It depends on the horse.
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    01-11-2014, 10:42 PM
I have 3 horses and all are barefoot. One of them has very thin hoof walls that fall apart with nails in them. An important thing to consider when starting your horse barefoot I'd that it is kind of like if you started going barefoot. It takes a while for the foot to toughen up. The horse will most likely be tender footed for a while and may need boots or a break from riding.
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    01-11-2014, 11:44 PM
That's true, but sometimes they don't toughen up at all. That's where shoes come in...
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    01-12-2014, 12:48 AM
Green Broke
Just don't do what I have seen some barefoot owners do. I went to a clinic for horse boots and ALL the horses there where gimpy and lame. One horse was in year 2 of transitioning to barefoot and was not rid able because it was limping so bad (It might have something to do with the trimming the horses to have tiny Chiclet feet. A tb's big feet should be longer then 2 inch). If it causes a horse THAT much pain id rather shoe. If not and the horse is sound, well then I save on shoes XD (too bad my mare needs shoes...)
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    01-12-2014, 01:02 AM
Kiger, I tried it for at least three years before I gave it up. My boy is just not comfortable being ridden on the ground I have without shoes. Maybe boots would do the job, but I'm not completely comfortable with the thought of boots.
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    01-12-2014, 01:36 AM
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My mare has a quarter crack (from a old scar) and we wanted to hold off putting shoes. She would crack, chip and obliterated any heal she had just in her stall! (she had no turn out). Even with boots it did not work. She was barefoot for 6 years on her back end did her no favors. Without shoes it felt like I was riding the front of the horse, it was like her rear end did not exist. First day I rode her with shoes and she was a different horse. She also decided she wanted to jump everything in site lol.
I wished she could go without shoes. It would be cheaper (well its almost free at the moment because bf's dad is my farrier but still lol)
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    01-12-2014, 10:30 AM
I know the feeling! That first time we could ride off the property without gimping down the road was wonderful! Not having to fight to keep him out if the grass shoulder on the road was pretty nice too!
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    01-14-2014, 11:50 PM
It is also an option to compromise and put shoes on the front only, leaving the rear barefoot.
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