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    01-31-2009, 02:51 AM
Also, thank you to everyone. I really appreciate every ones advice.
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    01-31-2009, 09:44 AM
You should always try to stick to barefoot if your horse can manage it(has good hooves). If endurance is what you want to do, tho I have never done it, I would think having the horse shod be a better idea because of the various terrain you are going to accounter. Isn't there a trail riding section on this forum where you might be getting more answers?

Good Luck :)
    01-31-2009, 05:38 PM
I think it completely depends on your needs. Sam is barefoot, but he did have shoes for the summer to help guard his soles while we worked on getting rid of an awful flare. We took his shoes off for the winter to avoid ice build-up with snow. Now? His soles are much more concave, less sensitive, and way more energetic. I can even keep up on it. Here's a link on barefoot trimming if that's your decided path:

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    02-03-2009, 07:36 PM
Well, were're all for bare-foot, but if you're going to gallop on pavement alot, you need shoes, but other than that, you're fine.
    02-03-2009, 09:13 PM
I didn't feel like reading all the post but I would say it depends on the horse. If they don't need em why use em? I would try barefoot and it sounds like your horse is already and if later down the road she needs them well your going to have to.
    02-03-2009, 09:45 PM
Barefoot all the way and for MANY years now. The folks we got our Qtr horse mare from said, "she will need shoes in the spring and that she can't be ridden without the shoes". Well that was over 2 yrs ago and she hasn't had shoes on since the pair were pulled when we got her!

Her feet are great, no issues. It took a bit after pulling the shoes to get her past being "tender". But she's fine now. No shoes for me! LOL

I do however use a certified barefoot trimmer.
    02-04-2009, 07:37 PM
If you know what you're doing, rasping their feet, well, I wouldn't say it's rocket science!!

Ever since my mom took on these TB's feet, they have been:
1. Less sensitive
2. Easy to keep up on, and
3. It's alot cheaper to buy the tools than pay a farrier!! :)

But, if you don't feel comfortable doing it yourself, don't.
    02-04-2009, 07:49 PM
Opps.... I made a typo, I ment no shoe not shoe! :)
    02-08-2009, 07:29 PM
All 3 of mine are barefoot, and have been barefoot as long as I've had them. My 1st horse is a Mustang, and they are noted for thier strong hooves. My friend's horses as all barefoot as well. Now 1 of his horses is a horse on the mounted posse and does parades & shopping mall details (like at Christmas time). He also does the Florida Cracker Trail with her every year. He will do front shoes on her when she is going to to the trail or the parades, but she is an older (about 26 years old) Appy.

Think of is this way....wild horses do not ever get shod, yet they do well galloping all over all different types of terrain. Let your horse tell you if they needs shoes or not.
    02-08-2009, 08:59 PM
I would recommend that you go to and read the articles and watch the videos. It will give you a better insight into how the hoof functions and why/why not to have shoes.

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