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    07-17-2009, 07:01 PM
My gelding lost a shoe ..

A week ago Castle was pawing the fence and got his right hoof (well, the shoe) caught on it, spooked and ripped the fence off the post AND the shoe off his hoof. He didn't sustain any injuries and he seems sound. He's not lame and doesn't seem sore.

Now, we're in a tight situation when it comes to money. I wanted the farrier out right there and then to either A) put the shoe back on, or B) take the remaining shoe off. But my parents said that it's going to be too expensive, blah blah blah.

So, my situation is, my parents aren't going to get the farrier out right this second. How long can Castle go with just one shoe on? If I do ride, will there be any damage? If so, I won't ride, but will there still be some kind of injury waiting to happen even if I don't ride?

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    07-17-2009, 07:23 PM
I would not ride him with the shoe missing. I don't know how long you can wait, as I typically get the farrier out there as soon as he can. Are you sure your farrier will charge you to just reset the shoe? Mine doesn't unless it starts happening all the time. I'd double check, he might not charge you to just put the shoe back on, as long as it's not damaged.
    07-18-2009, 02:45 AM
You can always duct tape on the hoof if you are worried about sole of the hoof. My mare has horrible feet that crumble really badly and so she can't be without shoes for more than 3 or so days but honestly as long as your horse has good feet he should be ok for awhile (not that I am saying don't get him reset but you shouldn't have to worry too much about it) definitely call your shoer and see if he will charge you to either reset one shoe or pull the other. If you are riding in a good arena with deep footing I would go ahead a excersise him (just not barrel racing or jumping ect.) but if your arena is not well footed I wouldn't. Other than that if worse comes to worse you can always pull the other shoe yourself if you have a set of nippers.
    07-20-2009, 09:12 PM
Depends. The more you ride the more your horses foot is going to break up and the harder it is to shoe him next time, and the more bruising and such can occur in the sole. If your farrier is going to charge you an arm and a leg for tacking on a shoe well...i don't know, the most I charge is $5... but if you let it go too long and the foot breaks up, he's going to have to pull the other shoe because you will end up with different angles on the feet from the foot breaking. OR, you will lose wall for the nails to go into and you will end up tossing that shoe more often until the hoof grows out enough.
    07-22-2009, 02:59 PM
The going rate around here for nailing a shoe back on is $20
That said I do it for free.
    07-22-2009, 04:28 PM
Our farrier does not charge to put a shoe back on unless it is time to reset anyway.

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