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post #11 of 25 Old 06-15-2009, 03:51 PM
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April is barefoot and will stay that way as long as I have her- She doesnt need them and I dont need to spend money on something she doesnt need. I just get her trimmed up every 5-6 weeks.

Chloe though needs shoes on the front otherwise she will act lame and touchy. Her shoes are pulled for the winter though since the ice and snow isnt safe. But as soon and she starts acting touchy on them the shoes are on


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post #12 of 25 Old 06-15-2009, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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oh wow guys a lot of great feedback. thanks. im still trying to decide.
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post #13 of 25 Old 06-15-2009, 08:05 PM
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T has been barefoot for 9 years now, no problems on any type of terrain. I will be getting hoof boots though, as her hooves are wearing more then in the past when on gravel based trails.

Walka has never been shod, never had an unsound day, like T.

True, there are many factors to consider, but if your horse can go barefoot, give it a try. Will take time to toughen up the hooves, but in T's case, not long at all.

Good luck with your decision.
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post #14 of 25 Old 06-15-2009, 08:27 PM
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Try bell boots - They're cheap and work wonders. They're purpose is to keep shoes in place. My new horse doesn't need shoes - The farrier said the only way he'd need shoes is if he does competitive driving!
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post #15 of 25 Old 06-15-2009, 08:28 PM
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Chloe though needs shoes on the front otherwise she will act lame and touchy. Her shoes are pulled for the winter though since the ice and snow isnt safe. But as soon and she starts acting touchy on them the shoes are on
Have you tried snow shoes?
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post #16 of 25 Old 06-15-2009, 08:53 PM
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Nekkid footsies all the way!
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post #17 of 25 Old 06-15-2009, 08:56 PM
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No shoes on our QHs. They spend all day on fairly soft dirt, pastures, etc. When ridden they are very occasionally ridden across pavement. They aren't competitors either, so we have no need for shoes right now.
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oh wow guys a lot of great feedback. thanks. im still trying to decide.
Plus, ask your farrier if its possible.
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post #19 of 25 Old 06-15-2009, 09:10 PM
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Ah, it really depends on the horse. Some horses do better without shoes, & others just need them. ;) I've never had shoes on the horses I've had (I find it to be healthier, & cheaper, too!)- but Daytona needs shoes.
It just depends.

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post #20 of 25 Old 06-16-2009, 10:38 AM
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Have you tried snow shoes?
No I haven't... But with the winter the snow doesnt seem to bother her as long as I clean out the packed balls she gets from the snow


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