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post #11 of 16 Old 02-12-2010, 10:34 AM
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No, older horses don't need shoes if they didn't need them for whole life.
That is really bad advice for two reasons. First, many people keep horses unshod when they should be shod. Second, just like the rest of thier body a horses feet change throughout thier lives and adjustments need to be made. I liked the part about getting a second opinion or at least getting an explaination about why the farrier thinks you need shoes.

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post #12 of 16 Old 02-12-2010, 12:39 PM
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That is really bad advice for two reasons. First, many people keep horses unshod when they should be shod. Second, just like the rest of thier body a horses feet change throughout thier lives and adjustments need to be made. I liked the part about getting a second opinion or at least getting an explaination about why the farrier thinks you need shoes.
Well, I should of formulate it better. I meant if the horse is old it does NOT mean it needs shoes. :) From what I've seen at the barns if the horse was barefoot with really good tough hoofs all life in old age it's still OK going barefoot. Also very often cracks on hoof is not so much because of the need for shoes, but need for the diet change or the bad trim for some time. He may need shoes - I can't tell without pics.
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post #13 of 16 Old 02-12-2010, 12:45 PM
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- I can't tell without pics.
That is my point!!

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post #14 of 16 Old 02-12-2010, 02:13 PM
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Phantomcolt, that's a very good question, and should be asked of the farrier that advised putting the shoes on. If he is as awesome as you believe, he will be very happy to explain his reasoning.

I have never hesitated to ask my farrier a question, or if I am not sure of why he has advised to do something, I ask why. He loves to educate and takes the time to explain and show what he means. That is the relationship you need with all the care professionals in your horses life.

Ask him.

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hey everyone sorry i havent been on in a while. Thanks for the advice the only thing that ever goes wrong with phantoms feet is the splaying once in a while and they get dry sometimes(but we use a conditioner).Im sorry i dont have any UTD pics. Our farrier is giving us till march to make the decision...i personally dont think he needs shoes he has the best feet of all the horses. He says phantom needs shoes just because of the splaying. He has been fine the 5 years that i have owned him he splays sometimes but not always and the splaying is never bad. Idk what to do some people i know say get them others say he doesn't need them. I want to do whats best for him but i can't figure out what that is.

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post #16 of 16 Old 02-13-2010, 12:32 PM
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I think get a second piece of advice from an experienced horse person, or even better, a ferrier :)

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