I recently purchased a 2 year old OTTB filly. Her feet were in bad shape, so long, the lady I got her from wasn't sure the last time she was shod. She only has shoes on her front feet.
I am not a big believer in riding 2 year olds. After discussing with my farrier, we decided to have her be barefoot for the winter, and if we need to, put shoes on when she begins being riding more in the spring. He thought her feet looked good other than length. Our facilities have large run ins where the horses spend the night, and big grass pastures during the day. Nothing tough as far as footing goes.
Her shoes were pulled Saturday, and she was ouchie until Tuesday. She also was stocked up Sunday and yesterday, I'm guessing from her feet hurting and not wanting to move.
She was much better today, legs looked better, still a little puffy. I hand walked her for 15 minutes, and she seems fine, except a ouchie step occasionally. Her legs went down after the walk - which is why I think she was just stocked up.
My question is, do I give up and put shoes back on? The involvement of her legs make me nervous. Plus I want to be about to pony/ long rein her- she is supposed to be in training. Is it worth it to have her go through all this if she is just going to need shoes when her work picks up?
I have researched alot online, and have read a ton about horseshoes being the devil, I just don't buy that. I want to do whatever makes her sound, happy, and comfortable.
Thanks so much for your opinion.