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        08-12-2009, 01:40 PM
      #21
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    No, he didn't give an explination... it was after that that I had the vet check her when he came out to float her teeth and he noticed and explained that her soles and possibly coffin bone were closer to the ground than normal and that was what he was about 90% sure was her problem with going barefoot.

    I'd rather have her shod and in no pain than unshod and in pain...

    She is being trimmed correctly... one of the majoy things about her trimmings, though, is that she has a twisted bone in her fetlock and according to the vet it causes her hoof to grow out unnaturally... He and my farrier agreed that it could be fixed through corrective shoeing and stuff, but that since it's not bothering her (or it doesn't seem to be bothering her and we don't know how long her leg has been like that) we agreed to let it be because according to the vet it would cause her unnecessary pain to slowly fix it. We just trim it as it is and keep her balanced and over the years I've noticed that the twist is slowly beginning to disappear.
         
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        08-12-2009, 01:54 PM
      #22
    Weanling
    Ah, I gotcha. I must have missed the part about her coffin bone being closer to the ground.
    Definitely sounds like you'll want to keep the shoes on the front then, especially if you're trying to correct her current problem. Maybe once you get the money saved up you could get boots just for her back hooves? That way she'll be sufficiently protected when riding.
         
        08-12-2009, 02:49 PM
      #23
    Foal
    My horses either have front shoes or are all barefoot. My qh has feet problems so we leave him barefoot but we use the easy boots which is nice. Its about $100 up front, but all he needs is a trim every 8 weeks, and the easy boots work wonderful, no shoes neccesary and you can ride through anything. I even jump him in the boots and he has no problem.
    usually a horses hoof will become hard if ridden on hard terrain. My tb will always have front shoes because of his front hooves but he is barefoot in the hind. I c it as he doesnt need back shoes unless we are jumping over 3 foot on grass terrain and he needs to have them and get stud holes drilled in for studs which adds to the traction.

    Your gelding if he isnt getting tender then I would just leave him barefoot no need to spend that extra money on the shoes if he is fine.

    Keep in mind that horses will end up getting chips in the hind feet when they don't have shoes, but its normal and I never had a problem or day that I could ride him because of the chips that he gets sometimes...

    Hope this helps alittle!
         

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