01-15-2011, 04:28 PM
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For 20 years we've had awesome durable trail horses that always went barefoot. Paso Finos, Missouri Fox Trotters, Quarter Horses, etc. Recently we've acquired Thoroughbreds, one has good feet and the other has very weak feet. It's been a constant struggle keeping him sound. A few weeks after we bought him he started pulling shoes, so we got special clips put on his shoes. Then he got an abcess, vet thinks from a dirty nail. Then, after 2 months of being unrideable from those problems, another horse kicked him and gave him a deep cut on the inside of his leg, it got infected within 12 hours, and he's been unrideable for a few weeks with that now. He hasn't been sound since September, which sucks, because we need to be getting ready for eventing season.
Never buy a horse with bad feet, it sucks.