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    07-17-2009, 05:25 PM
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Foal
Question banana/rocker shoes?

My mare had the farrier in today for the first time since I bought her a month ago. I had a chance to talk to him about her feet and her shoes. He puts "banana" or rocker shoes on her, apparently.

Now, I understand that there is a controversy over this type of shoe. Ada goes well in them and I sort of feel like, if it ain't broke, don't fix it! But at the same time, if it is going to harm her long-term, I'm not going to stick with them.

Any insight?
     
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    07-17-2009, 11:21 PM
  #2
Yearling
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Originally Posted by HannahandAda    
My mare had the farrier in today for the first time since I bought her a month ago. I had a chance to talk to him about her feet and her shoes. He puts "banana" or rocker shoes on her, apparently.

Now, I understand that there is a controversy over this type of shoe. Ada goes well in them and I sort of feel like, if it ain't broke, don't fix it! But at the same time, if it is going to harm her long-term, I'm not going to stick with them.

Any insight?
Without any comment on the shoe itself (Im a big barefoot fan)...what would worry me is that usually rocker shoes are put on because of crushed heel/chronic long toe or founder type situations. I've never heard of a rocker shoe being put on a 100% sound horse. I hope you got xrays when you bought her.
     
    07-18-2009, 03:20 PM
  #3
Green Broke
^^ Speaking of barefoot, my horse is now barefoot! (just for the summer because we won't be riding as often)
He's a lil tenderfooted because he isn't used to his front shoes being off (he is always barefoot in back).
     
    07-22-2009, 11:12 AM
  #4
Banned
I like the natural balance protocal for trimming a foot, for mapping the foot, for it's breakover but hate the looks of the shoe.
I shoe nearly everything with rocker toes on a perimeter fit shoe.
A rocker is different then a rolled toe. I use the rocker to put the breakover where I want it and yet keep the perimeter fit.
How can this harm the horse over time???

Shoes are a necessary evil if you really use your horse over rough footing. The wear as well as the traction are required by some of us. Thus the necessity of shoing.
     

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