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    09-18-2009, 09:36 AM
benefits of shoes?

My new horse (wow I've made so many topics on her LOL!) is shod on all four feet. I have never ridden a shod horse and my instincts tell me to pull them off. I don't ride on gravel, concrete, etc. She is a healthy 6 year old barrel horse. What would you do?
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    09-18-2009, 09:45 AM
Try barefoot. The cost of shoing is quit high while the cost of a trim is about $40. Get a file and keep the edges rounded and you can stretch out your farrier/trimmer times.
    09-18-2009, 11:08 AM
I would give it a try. All 4 of mine go barefoot with no problems. WOW 40.00 for a trim I pay 25.00. I am actually waiting on my farrier now.
    09-18-2009, 12:06 PM
My horse has tender feet. Some horses just don't have as hard of feet as others, which is why I shoe her. My yearling, on the other hand, seems totally content to walk on the concrete and gravel just fine, so I doubt she'll need to be shod.

Shoes are also helpful when you work on really rough terrain, they provide extra grip as well as wearing the shoe down, rather than the hoof.

I'd pull her shoes, and see what happens. Talk to your farrier about her feet, see where improvements could be made, and go from there. Depending on how long she's been shod, it might take a while to get her used to being barefoot, but it won't kill her. If she does have weak hooves, you can always invest in a hoof supplement. =]
    09-18-2009, 12:23 PM
My preference is to not put shoes on. We do however have a couple of tenderfooted horses that riding areas are very limited if not shod.

We've also noticed a difference in traction when we are penning/sorting when the horses are shod and when they are barefoot. Safer too for them to be able to get a firm grip to move with the cattle than to slip.

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