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        11-10-2010, 10:28 PM
    My pony mare has fronts right now I am not sure yet if I will have her go barefoot this winter since I hopefully will be riding her quite a bit.

    I have not put shoes on my arab yet as he over reaches quite a bit and I am a little worried he might rip them off.

    My older mare is barefoot as we don't ride her often. I just ordered her some boots to help when we do ride her on the trails. She is really touchy on the rocks. I will be trying them tomorrow. I just hope I can get them on they look like it my be a bit of a struggle.
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        11-10-2010, 11:56 PM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares    
    All our mares are barefoot (trim myself). The two younger ones have never been shod. Our lead mare has thinner soles and was always shod (all four) by her original owner (who shod every horse), but has been barefoot since then (the original owner was amazed when she saw the horse doing the rocky trails barefoot without a problem). We just do pleasure riding, but they are all fine on the roads and trail riding even over the gravel and rocks.

    Cost: some sweat and a new rasp every once and a while.
    This sounds like me. I keep them barefoot by default, because I think it's healthier and I maintain them myself. If I am trailering out with a friend and I don't know what the terrain will be like, I bring Easyboot Epics, just for the front feet, just in case. But on our home turf, so-to-speak, I ride barefoot.

    I really believe it's healthier because most horses I've seen that have been in shoes "forever" have very upright, contracted feet. And once you are used to seeing round, non-contracted feet, it's hard to go back to shoes.

    I would say keep him barefoot if he has good feet (and the farrier should know) and just boot him if he needs it in the rocks.

    But I also have a friend who keeps all her horses shod, so I respect that too. She doesn't want to have to worry about stone bruises and such. But in 5 years of keeping my Mustang barefoot (he was kept shod by previous owner) I have only had him out of use for a stone bruise one time (and it took about 2 weeks for him to heal). But once in 5 years is pretty good, and whose to say he wouldn't have gotten bruised in shoes too? I still think it's a small risk to take for healthier feet IF your horse is sound doing it. Now if he were chronically sore, I would get him in boots or shoes.
        11-11-2010, 12:31 AM
    My horse wears front shoes during show season ( from march to september ) and goes barefoot the rest of the year.
        11-12-2010, 08:49 PM
    NO shoes, all mine are barefoot trimmed by a professional trimmer. I use boots for those who are ouchy on our hill gravel road rock and flintrock in the flinthills. Some feet are still a work in progress. :)
        11-12-2010, 09:17 PM
    Mine have always been barefoot, but I'm considering having front shoes put on Soda. He's extremely ouchy on gravel which makes riding anywhere a pain and dangerous as he's always trying to ditch dive. He also has a toe crack that isn't going away. Maybe shoes will help, we'll have to see.
        11-12-2010, 10:00 PM
    Yep, Nelson has shoes on all 4. He needs them.
        11-12-2010, 10:00 PM
    Green Broke
    My mare has always been barefoot and has some rock hard pony feet! ;)

    If she ever needs then she'll get them but the farrier says that may never happen!
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        11-12-2010, 10:31 PM
    No shoes here...they're all blessed with good hooves for the most part. Horses were given hooves for a reason, so I prefer to let them go as nature intended so long as there aren't any complications. ;)
        11-12-2010, 11:07 PM
    Green Broke
    My horse has shoes on her fronts. Came up lame due to a poor trim job and a bruise, new farrier hopes she'll be able to go barefoot again within the next few months.

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