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        08-05-2010, 12:45 PM
      #11
    Foal
    We only have front shoes on our OTTB. All 4 came off the week he arrived and new front ones went on. He back feet are doing nicely and nice and hard. I don't like the chips that sometimes happen, but it is just the wall (my trainer says like a hang-nail) and we use a rasp to even it out between farrier visits. Its sure is a lot cheaper too.
         
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        08-05-2010, 08:52 PM
      #12
    Trained
    Yeah, bruising of soles is sometimes less evident in shod feet, as there is less circulation & growth due to less function.

    Saratoga, if you 'roll' the hoof walls - that is round them, so there are no sharp edges, and keep them nice & short(a good farrier will show you how to do this in between trims), the chipping should be pretty much avoided.
         
        08-05-2010, 08:54 PM
      #13
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by loosie    
    Yeah, bruising of soles is sometimes less evident in shod feet, as there is less circulation & growth due to less function.

    Saratoga, if you 'roll' the hoof walls - that is round them, so there are no sharp edges, and keep them nice & short(a good farrier will show you how to do this in between trims), the chipping should be pretty much avoided.

    Maybe that is what I will do. Get shoes on the fronts and work on transitioning the backs. If it doesnt go well it doesnt go well he's just not meant to go barefoot.
         

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