Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
I tried the barefoot game with Nelson - and that was a disaster. I wont do it again with him. Some horses can go barefoot and go very nicely - and others, just cannot. Nelson falls into that "Cannot category"
His feet were a horrible mess. Couldn't keep shoes on him if my life depended on it. Cracks, chips, horrible angles - well, that was the problem..horrible farrier.
So I had his shoes pulled because the farrier had no where to put nails. Bad idea.
I had a super lame horse. Abcesses, miserable, wouldn't walk because it hurt so much. I spent a lot of time, getting him comfortable. I ended up buying him the Easy Boot Epics, which were a life saver for the poor guy - they stayed on almost day in and day out, until I was able to get shoes back on him.
I was able to ride him once the abcesses were finally cycled through and thanks to the Easyboot Epics. But then on one boot, the wire broke. Still sitting in my tack trunk broken.
Thankfully at that point, he was ready for shoes again.
My Bestie - her TB Gelding has horrible feet, just like what Nelson had years ago. Losing shoes, horrible angles, cracks and chips - and thankfully for my Farrier taking them on as a client, his feet are looking fabulous.
He does glue on shoes with him because his walls are very weak right now due to the horrible angles and lack of blood flow. He's working on correcting him, and the glue on shoes are working wonderfully. No nail holes, no chips, no cracks, and the shoes stay on a full cycle.
I will never go barefoot again.