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post #1 of 38 Old 07-09-2010, 06:40 AM Thread Starter
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Question Ugh, front shoes?

So the Chiro came out to the barn the other day and looked at Gunther. She said she won't touch him until I get his feet fixed. They weren't bad, however, they had a chip and are do for a trim in the next week or two.

They should have been done about two-three weeks ago but when the farrier came out he said they looked great and could wait a few more weeks. The Chiro wants me to put front shoes on him to "balance" him out. She said it would take a few months for them to naturally balance themselves out but if I wanted "fast results" then I would get him front shoes.

The dilemma: I wanted to keep him barefoot and I'm afraid that once I put shoes on him it would be alot of trouble down the road if I wanted to take them off. Some people say it's very easy to transition them and others, not so much. The farrier told me that I wouldn't ever have to put shoes on him if his feet stay in the condition they're in.

I know they both know what they're talking about and they have both have so much experience and schooling. I have NO idea! Farriers and Chiros naturally don't get along.


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post #2 of 38 Old 07-09-2010, 07:48 AM
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Putting just front shoes on a horse iv always been told can encourage them to come onto the forehand so its more logical to get all four or nothing.
Why does your chiro want just front shoes on your horse? If there is a clear reason i would put them on sure but otherwise your farrier is the expert id listen to him.,

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Well that's the thing my chrio said I should get front shoes and my farrier said I shouldn't. I honestly zoned out (very long day) when she said why I should get them on, I only heard the word "balance" I'll ask my boss to see what she said.


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Putting just front shoes on a horse iv always been told can encourage them to come onto the forehand so its more logical to get all four or nothing.
Hu?

I suppose if they are foot sore all around then putting front shoes would encourage them to be on the forehand.

Otherwise I can not see how this would have anything to do with it. There are lots of horses with front only.


Horses that have a hard time transitioning from shoes to barefoot are horses whose farriers would probably never say they will not ever need shoes.

Did you ask your farrier about what the chiro said about balancing him out, etc?
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What makes your chiro think they are qualified to tell you your horse needs shoes when your farrier says otherwise?

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White Foot - is your chiro an equine vet?

Sorry - but if the hooves are SUCH an issue that a chiro won't perform an adjustment until the feet are 'fixed', it is going to take a heck of a lot more than one trim to do it.
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I'd trust the farrier, probably. Do you have pictures? Both of the entire horse and the hooves?
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Hu?

I suppose if they are foot sore all around then putting front shoes would encourage them to be on the forehand.

Otherwise I can not see how this would have anything to do with it. There are lots of horses with front only.


Horses that have a hard time transitioning from shoes to barefoot are horses whose farriers would probably never say they will not ever need shoes.

Did you ask your farrier about what the chiro said about balancing him out, etc?
Yes I did, he told me that it's my horse and my decision. He also said that personally he wouldn't "mess up a perfectly good pair of barefoot hooves". He told me they were growing at a great rate and very healthy. I have no friggen idea. I really DON'T want to mess up his feet but if the Chrio thinks that about his feet I don't know what to do.


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What makes your chiro think they are qualified to tell you your horse needs shoes when your farrier says otherwise?
My boss said the same thing, and she told me that she's a chiropractor, not a farrier. It's hard when I have two completely different professionals telling me completely different things.


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My horse is barefoot too, and has very strong feet. I'd say trust the farrier, that's kind of farriers' expertise! ;) I'm sorry you're stuck in a situation like that though!

I'd love to hear the chiro's explanation of why exactly your horse NEEDS front shoes or he'll never be balanced...

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