My horse was just shoed two weeks ago. His feet looked great, I love my farrier, and everything was going super duper swell.
Now my big 16 hand quarter horse gelding (Pj) has little feet... very little feet... and to boot he has very little feet with very weak and thin hoof walls... BUT my farrier works with many many many horses like Pj and he said he really doesn't have an issues with them, he will stay sound as long as I keep shoeing him the right way (or trimming, becuase I talked of pulling his shoes).
Today, Pj pulled his right shoe off.
Thank the heavens he is fine, the shoe just came off somewhere in the mudd and there was no real damage done to his foot... the left shoe is still on but also pulling away already!
I know my farrier did an excellent job. I think this is part poor genetics and diet and part mudd... where he is it's VERY muddy.
Now I do already have him started a supplement, but I know they take time to work.
If I re-shoe the hoof I'm afraid he will pull the shoe off again in the mudd and next time it might cuase more damage...
He has never been without shoes and is VERY tender without his one shoe on so I can't ride him until I work somthing out... and where I ride is all trails and very rocky.. I <3 Pennsylvania.
So to add to this; there is no arena, no flat area to work in, and his pasture is muddy and rocky... he looks miserable.
If I put the shoe back on, and fit his other shoe he could really do more damage if he pulls them off again in the mudd, but I can't ride him without shoes!
My only other option is moving him.
There is a barn not far from here that has an Indoor, Outdoor, and Roundpen, all with soft fluffy sand footing (but no trails... ugh!)...
So Pj could go bare foot (or have shoes). If he goes barefoot he can be turned out in the sand until he slowly works his feet up to a happy condition and gets used to being barefoot.
But board will be three times more... and I won't be able to trail ride him, and we both REALLY like trail riding.
What would you do?
I just want to do whats best for my dude, I really love him and don't want to see him be lame, uncomfortable, or hurt.