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    09-16-2009, 09:43 PM
Horse Shoes On HIND legs.

So I come in-- and expect to see my horse nice and clean.
So I bring him into the cross ties and what do I find?
He has scrapes ALL over his hind end and a harsh hoofprint on his behind. :/

This came from a horse with shoes on his HIND end.
And now I'm worried. I put some preoxide on it and utter cream, anything else I should put on it? :/

And what do YOU guys think about people who horse shoe their horses hind legs?

I honestly think its dangerous for the other horses around them. >>'

Ugh I'm so upset.
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    09-16-2009, 09:54 PM
Just keep the boo boos clean. I'm a fan of triple antibiotic creams myself.

Are you sure it was from a horse with hind shoes? Some horses need to have hind shoes. I don't have a problem with it. Most of the horses here have them (it's nice and dry = hard ground, among other things), and it doesn't bother me any. Hind shoes or not, I think getting boo boos from being turned out with other horses is just going to happen.
    09-16-2009, 10:14 PM
Ouch! I agree with what M2twisted said...... some horses have to have back shoes, my horse is getting them in a couple of months for an LD that we are doing but when that happens she is going to be pulled out of the pasture and put in a pen because she is a known kicker and my trainer said that shoes can really tear a horse up. If your horse is getting torn up from them can you move one of the horses? On the other hand horses will be horses and there will be injuries :/ sorry about your baby!
    09-17-2009, 02:24 AM
Agree basically with what others have said. It's actually rare here for shod horses not to be shod all round. I do agree that they can do more damage to eachother, us, the ground... when shod.
    09-17-2009, 02:48 AM
I am a reiner so my horses need shoes on their hind feet but are kept seperate.
    09-17-2009, 07:05 AM
Green Broke
If you choose to agist your horse with other horses that's just something you have to deal with.

I don't like using shoes on a horse unless they need it for some reason which in my experience a large proportion of horses don't. Sure if you are riding them hard everyday to the point they are wearing away quicker than they are growing, or for some other reason they need it then sure. But in my experience horses go better without them (once they have adjusted).

I have had my horses shod before and I do it all round, I wouldn't only do it on one set, in my mind (not based on hard evidence) the horse would be unbalanced - I wouldn't do it. If you are going to do two you may as well do four.

Leave a rug on your horse - a stiff canvas should deflect a fair few of the "cutting" kicks. Also, if you determine that there is an individual horse that is causing injury to multiple horses in the paddock then speak to the owner - I fully believe that people with horses that are known to be damaging consistently to other horses should not be kept in paddocks with horses owned by others.
    09-17-2009, 09:54 PM
Originally Posted by Saskia    
Leave a rug on your horse - a stiff canvas should deflect a fair few of the "cutting" kicks. Also, if you determine that there is an individual horse that is causing injury to multiple horses in the paddock then speak to the owner - I fully believe that people with horses that are known to be damaging consistently to other horses should not be kept in paddocks with horses owned by others.
Disagree with rugging for that reason, unless it's short term. Say, while the owner of a bully horse is finding somewhere to relocate him to. Rugging *can* also be detrimental to the horse's health. Agree with the other sentiments tho. Horses will be horses & they play 'games' that involve kicking. I don't think there's anything wrong with that & I would certainly not advocate keeping horses seperate so they can't play together. But if there are particular bullies in the herd, then it's only fair not to allow them to continue beating up the others.
    09-18-2009, 08:27 AM
Aside from my broodmare, all my horses have shoes on every single foot. And we turn up to 3 horses out together. Its up to the owner to decide who can be turned out with others and who can't. Common sense told me to watch and observe before I decide to walk away and leave it that way.... and I continually check all day for the first 2 days. Just to make sure no one is being a bully. We have not had any problems because of this.
    09-18-2009, 08:34 AM
Most of the horses at our barn are shod on all four and turned out in groups of up to 8. We have the occasional problem, but if so the kickee gets put in the "hard keepr pasture" for horses prone to injury. For the most part though, everyone is fine

And I agree with others about some horses needing shoes. Benny has some pretty weak feet right now, even with shoes we are really having to watch a few cracks. His feet would be a mess without them
    09-18-2009, 12:14 PM
Like most everyone said, there isn't anything wrong with shoeing the hind feet. Of course, if my horse was a big bully and kicked other horses all the time, I would make sure she NEEDED the hind shoes, and if she did, I'd move her to a different pasture.

I'm sorry about your pony, but horses will be horses, and even a barefoot horse can do some serious damage kicking with the hind feet. If your horse's rear seems particularly tender, you can try and cold hose it or bring out an ice pack to soothe.

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