Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Little Mountain, SC
Please help - QH to shoe or not
Thank you so much for taking the time to read and give me much needed advise
I have 2 QH's, A TW, and and old Appy. Since their pasture is bottom land there are no rocks. There are some rocks in our paddock which they stay from 5pm until 6am. The paddock ground is very hard packed red clay.
WE only have front shoes on the TW and Apy and then do fine but....
I have had one of my QH's ( bulldog type ) for over 6 years and he has never been able to go without 4 shoes as to get to our trails there are many gravel roads. Jack will act like he is going to die. Dropping down, stumbling,ect and not wanting to walk on the road. Granted I never made him go for long as I felt so sorry for him so just would not ride until time for shoes again. No problems with his feet except what a layman would call low heel or flat foot? I think this may be a QH trait. I do give his feet a rest from shoes now and then but he can only be ridden in the pasture duriing that time.
Last year I purchased a QH from my farrier. Although he is a foundation QH named Zip and he is built more like a TB and I am afraid his feet have some issues. When I got him he had been pastured in sand, no shoes, and his feet were cracked awful.
My farrier put shoes on before we left. I kept 4 shoes on him until recently when my farrier mentioned that in all the horses that he does he ONLY KNOWS ONE HORSE THAT HAS TO HAVE BACK SHOES AND HE SAID IT WAS MY QH JACK and now ZIP
My horses do get a good diet - RB and quality CB hay + pasture but no other supplements
So I did not put shoes on Zip's back last time. I also applied V turpentine a coupleof times. However he is having the same problem as Jack to the point that he will not walk on anything with rocks or gravel unless he walks in the ditch. I feel bad for him and I don't want him to learn bad habits but everytime I steer him back on the road off he goes again.
In other words, its not very relaxing for either of us and a royal pain......
Since we work we do not ride everyday, mostly on weekends.
I just don't understand how my other two horses show no tenderness at all but the QH are VERY OUCHY ON ROCKS
My farrier who I think is great suggested putting peagravel so they walk on it everyday but that's still not the same as the big chunks of gravel on the dirt roads around here
The farrier will be out again next week and I just don't know what to do.
*My question is will my QH ever be able to walk on gravel without being tender and what should I do
I don't want to hurt their feet, especially Zip as sometimes when he is shod you can see his foot crack as soon as the nail goes in. I have been using hoof conditioner off and on since I got him but quit over the winter as their pasture pretty much stayed wet with all the rain we had.
Also has it been your experience that QH's especially those bred for WP have flat/low feet?
Any input would be greatly appreciated.