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        12-04-2009, 10:05 AM
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    How long

    My horses are on a 6 week schedule right now. Sometimes it ends up being 5 or 7 though depending on when the farrier can come out. Im taking her shoes off in the spring (talked to the vet about it.) Should I ask the farrier to come out every 4 weeks when she just need trims? I have a feeling she'll grow hoof faster in the spring once she's has grass again.

    How long does everyone go before their horse gets trimmed or reshod?
         
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        12-04-2009, 10:17 AM
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    Mine gets trimmed around every 6 weeks. I've never had to trim at 4 weeks..but maybe his hooves don't grow as fast as your girls.
         
        12-04-2009, 10:23 AM
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    I would ask your farrier. How long between trims, shod or barefoot, is a horse by horse thing.

    It certainly would not hurt to schedule them closer together so if you want to go for it.
         
        12-04-2009, 10:23 AM
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    Shes pretty good at 6 weeks now, but I've been told that hooves usually grow faster in the summer, if they have access to grass (protein). I think most barefoot trimmers suggest 4 weeks.

    My farrier usually tells me its up to me.
         
        12-04-2009, 10:25 AM
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    Both of mine grow a very different rates depending on lots of things. How much they are moving around is a big part of it. So different times of the year we do have to change how far apart the appointments are.
         
        12-04-2009, 10:30 AM
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    Trained
    My mare is barefoot & she can go up to 9 wks, but my gelding is shod in front so I try to do him every 6-7wks

    I would ask your farrier though !
         
        12-04-2009, 10:36 AM
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    Well he will do anything I want from 4-8weeks. I don't think he'd go more than 2 months. He lives so close so coming more often wont be a problem. Sometimes he dosent even charge if he's passing by and its a quick trim or rasp job. He's a pretty good guy.

    They are only on a few acres right now, on a hill a little rocky, but mostly grass. In the spring the get a pasture twice the side, and the hill is a little steeper. Its 24/7 turnout so they are always moving around unless its raining. If they are moving around dosent that mean more growth because more blood flow, or does the wear usually even it out?
         
        12-04-2009, 10:54 AM
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    The wear equally the growth increase answer depends on your footing and the horses feet.

    My two tend to grow quite a bit more in the spring and do need to be trimmed more often (one shod, one barefoot).
         
        12-04-2009, 11:04 AM
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    Showing
    I would talk to your farrier, but I do think its recommended to trim more often when transitioning from shod to barefoot. Ours have always been barefoot and we are on a 6 weeks in the summer and 8 in the winter schedule.
         
        12-04-2009, 11:16 AM
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    We shoe r horses very often in the summer, I'd say about every six weeks also, because they get used sooooo much since we run a theraputic riding program at our barn. In the winter we take their shoes off, unless the farrier says they might need them, and get them checked every 8-9 weeks, they rarely get rode in the winter. I'm always out riding my horse though so the farrier will be out more to do her than the other two horses. The other two horses are my aunts horses and she hates the cold so she doesn't come out that often to ride in the winter lol.
         

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