Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Gallant, Alabama
I wish my mare could go barefoot, but everyone, the farrier, even the vet said that she couldn't without always being extremely tenderfooted because her soles are extremely close to the ground. The vet said the my girl would be ok with just front shoes, because it's her from hooves that have the soles so close to the ground. Before she became mine, she was barefoot for years and always favored her front hooves badly on anything other than very soft grass/dirt.
My colt, on the other hand, so far has been perfect barefoot, and I hope to keep him barefoot as much as possible...
But, when it comes down to it, I prefer having shoes on my horses.
Horseshoe Loop Farm: Home of Gypsie (1994 TWH mare), Dakota (2006 TWH gelding), Jo (2012 TWH filly) & Minnie (1992 Paint mare)