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    01-20-2009, 11:01 PM
  #21
Started
I'm talking intermediate/** level up through the **** level.

When they run around cross country during/after rain or in the morning dew their horses would be sliding around all over the place. And when you are dealing with drops/banks, combinations, sunken roads, etc, one slip and you could end up with a fall of rider and/or horse and if it happens over a jump you could end up with a rotational... I have always seen upper levels run in shoes.
Heck, my horse was slipping during our novice dressage test after a rain storm... that has no extended anythings in it.
     
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    01-20-2009, 11:36 PM
  #22
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I have horses out on rough pasture who run full out in mud. They do not slip and slide barefoot. I find myself holding my breath when they come running as I keep expecting them to.
     
    01-21-2009, 04:49 AM
  #23
Yearling
I looked thru out australian rule books. I couldnt find anywhere that said it was compulsory for a horse to be shod.
     
    01-22-2009, 05:23 PM
  #24
Foal
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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!
     
    01-22-2009, 06:01 PM
  #25
Showing
If you can get by with barefoot, then by all means do it. However, doing lots of hard traveling on rocky terrain or concrete can cause the hoof to wear away faster than it grows, thus the need for shoes. If you don't want to put steel shoes on your horse, there are lots of alternatives such as hoof boots or even polyeurothane (sp?) shoes. They are softer and flex more with the foot plus provide traction on slick surfaces and cushioning on concrete.
     
    01-22-2009, 08:20 PM
  #26
Weanling
If your planning on going on roads or riding for 100 miles I would put shoes on her. But until then I don't see why she couldnt be barefoot as long as she has good feet.
     
    01-22-2009, 10:00 PM
  #27
Yearling
None of the horses at my barn are barefoot except for the mini donkeys. There are two quarter horse, a rocky mount, two percherons, and a racking horse all in which are shod all the way around,. Even my guy has shoes all the around, I personally believe if they are going on rocks or hard top, put shoes on. The hard top will wear their feet down quickly.
     
    01-23-2009, 04:08 AM
  #28
Foal
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Originally Posted by g8ted4me    
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!
I don't know anything about hooves but my horse does not have barefoot hooves therfore he can't adapt as quickly as other horses, we had him barefoot for 2 years and he didn't adapt at all, I can belive it would take 6 years for him to be comfortable barefoot.
     
    01-23-2009, 09:18 AM
  #29
Foal
I believe that horse shoes don't allow that actual function of the hoof- not allowing the flexing and natural shock absorbtion that the foot already does. A shoe is nailed to the bottom making it keep it shape.
A horses hoof can adapt to what it has around it- you can help them on surfaces that they are not able to get accustomed to by using hoof boots- there are lots of different types and bottoms that you can use. I have never needed to use boots on any of my horses yet.
So when I say that they can adapt to surfaces that they are on/around. Put gravel around the water tank so they will walk on gravel, don't remove rocks out of dry lots- ect.
So when I say I don't believe that it would take 6 years to adapt- its with your help- not just keeping the horse on soft cushy pastures- does that make sense? I didn't mean to offend in anyway- I am sorry if I did. I just meant that I think even horses with navicular/ egg bar shoes removed transistioned faster than 6 years!
I have had great success with transitioning my horses- and some with other issues going on also (Cushings and a mare that had DSLD)
     
    01-23-2009, 09:36 AM
  #30
Foal
Our ranch is very rocky, with small, flat, limestone and shale, loosely covering the ground. Would a horse with good feet be OK barefoot on this type of terrain?
     

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