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    02-14-2011, 11:34 PM
  #1
Foal
Does he really need shoes?

I'm picking up diablo the 26th of march! My friends said he needs all 4 feet shoed or he gets stoned bruised. Where she works she rode him in pretty rough terrain and I understood the shoes. Where I live and will be riding is in the arena and in the grassy ditches...my question is will I really need to shoe him or will they toughin out? I plan to run barrels which she does with him as well. So is it really necessary?

Thanks
     
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    02-14-2011, 11:41 PM
  #2
Banned
You opened a big debate, there are many people who believe barefoot is the way to go, and others (me included) who believe in shoes.
You could always start him off without and if it doesn't work move to shoes.
     
    02-14-2011, 11:47 PM
  #3
Foal
I thought about that. I'm just thinking that since I'm not riding in rough stuff that it shouldn't be a problem. But then I'm not sure! She's owned him since she was 9 and just turned 18 and he's now 21..so I don't know! Thanks alex. Seems it may be trial and error
     
    02-14-2011, 11:53 PM
  #4
Started
I have 3 horses, none of which need shoes, my OTTB mare who I got in may had front shoes, I pulled them and she never had a problem, my appy who I got in june had all 4 feet shod, and when I pulled them he also did fine, they are rescues so I don't know if they had shoes for a reason or just because the previous owners wanted them to have shoes...I would say pull the shoes and see how he does, if it doesn't work out you can always put shoes back on, but I say it's worth a try
     
    02-14-2011, 11:59 PM
  #5
Foal
Well what stumps me is she takes them off in the winter but still
Rides. Lol
     
    02-15-2011, 12:01 AM
  #6
Showing
They will build up strength in time, but sometimes that transition is several months in the making. Whether or not you put shoes on him should be determined between you and your farrier. There are some horses who can't seem to stay sound without shoes and there are many who never take a lame step barefoot. If you want to give him a shot barefoot, then by all means go for it. You can always add shoes later if barefoot doesn't work for him.

Lots of riders pull their shoes in the wintertime. The horses aren't getting used nearly as much or as hard, plus bare feet have much better traction than steel so the chance of slipping and getting an injury is lowered without shoes.
     
    02-15-2011, 12:03 AM
  #7
Yearling
Sliders are always necessary j/k... I may be biased.
     
    02-15-2011, 12:08 AM
  #8
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by smrobs    
They will build up strength in time, but sometimes that transition is several months in the making. Whether or not you put shoes on him should be determined between you and your farrier. There are some horses who can't seem to stay sound without shoes and there are many who never take a lame step barefoot. If you want to give him a shot barefoot, then by all means go for it. You can always add shoes later if barefoot doesn't work for him.

Lots of riders pull their shoes in the wintertime. The horses aren't getting used nearly as much or as hard, plus bare feet have much better traction than steel so the chance of slipping and getting an injury is lowered without shoes.
Agreed.
I do mainly trail, mountain riding and gymkhana and have put shoes on my horses all of once & that was when we went on a week-long trip to the mountains where she was being ridden on rocks & rough ground.
Apart from that, she doesn't need shoes at all as her hooves are amazing.

I did own another mare who was a bit of a tender-foot, to the point where I couldn't ride her for 2 weeks because she couldnt handle crossing the gravel drives or even walking on pavement. A horse like this I would recommend shoes for but like others have stated you just have to wait & see with your guy. It may take a bit for him to get used to not having shoes (his feet will be tender) but many horses harden up
     
    02-15-2011, 12:11 AM
  #9
Yearling
If I'm riding on soft terrain, such as grass or dirt arena = Barefoot. Your horse isn't going to get any more tenderfooted walking in a cushy ditch then they are plodding around in a pasture ;)

If I'm riding on hard terrain, such as gravel or pavement = Completely shod. Makes for a very happy horse.

I may try the hoof boots one day, but I don't know how much my horses would like 'em
     
    02-15-2011, 12:27 AM
  #10
Foal
Thanks for the advice! Ill let you guys know!
     

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