Originally Posted by lizzie_magic
My family is anti- shoe. I don't agree, yes I have been convinced that with the time and effort all horses can go barefoot and for the last 2 years all our horses have been barefoot but I have never been happy with my horse being barefoot. I few weeks ago we got my horse shod for a show and have decided to keep him shod. The farrier we got seemed very good, I don't claim to know much about it but I got the impression he knew what he was talking about. He said all horses can go barefoot, some just take a lot of time to get used to it, he said my horses feet (which are very good when shod) would take at least 6 years to properly adapt to be comfortable barefoot so we have decided to keep him shod.
What I am trying to say is every horse is different and if your horse goes well barefoot and is comfortable with that go for it and if not get the horse shod.
I hope that helped.
Ok-Where the heck did your farrier pull out six years for transistion time? Was it stamped on the bottom of your horses hoof?
I have barefoot horses and have transitioned a barefoot horse from shoes- this horse also did mildly founder due to developing cushings. She has transitioned fine and it didn't even take a year. Yes, she might have to wear boots on rough surfaces as she isn't as concave as we would like, but getting better with more and more movement.
I vote for keeping off shoes- I have had great results with our horses. Again- Read, read, read!