Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Taranaki New Zealand.
Thanks for your input everyone. I have been finding this a very frustrating subject because there are two very distinct camps. I have a barefoot guy I have used for years, I really like his trims, generally I would say he does good work. Ofcourse he firmly believes that shoeing my horse will create more problems. In my region there is one farrier that comes highly recommended who I have spoken to and ofcourse HE firmly believes that shoeing will fix my problem. I just want whats best for my horse.
Maybe I should look at this as a seasonal issue. At the moment we are coming into summer, the ground is hardening up. The tracks that I ride on are becoming rock hard and I have to take Phoenix down a gravel road at the start of each ride. I had been considering shoeing her anyway simply because we do have to spend time on a gravel road and the stones are very sharp. I actually never ride her and prefer to lead her on this particular road. I am wondering if having her barefoot on such sharp stones has been the start of the problem as the stones are so sharp they get wedged between the wall and sole of her feet. Maybe this could be contributing to the chalkiness.
As I said I am pretty on top of the seedy toe infection, it has been treated with copper sulphate, iodine and I am applying stockholm tar everyday. The farrier I would use to shoe will hot shoe, maybe it is worth doing just to see what happens. I can have the shoes removed if it causes more problems right?