11-15-2008, 09:25 PM
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Yes, my vet recommended putting on back shoes. More for his hocks than the stifle, but still to help the stifle. However, for quality of life reasons, I am debating if I am going to do it or not. He can't be out with the other horses if he has shoes on. Because he is number 1 in the field, the BO is afraid of the others getting hurt if he kicks. So, he would have to be in one of the smaller paddocks. This leads to several problems. 1) he will want to be with his friends, who he will see over the fenceline and will most likely walk the fence- not good for the hock or stifle. 2) the smaller paddocks get more muddy- not good for the hocks or stifle. And 3) He is very social and I hate to put him by himself, just so he can have back shoes on. So, I am going to talk to the farrier (he is out this friday) about if he can get the angle that the vet wants without shoes at this time.