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post #11 of 15 Old 12-08-2009, 01:03 PM
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I don't think the fact that the previous owners shod them is an indication that they were not knowledgable - only that they made different choices than what you do. I, personally, have our horses barefoot at this time. However, I have also kept horses shod in the past. I do what fits the individual horse and the needs of the situation.
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post #12 of 15 Old 12-08-2009, 02:35 PM
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You are referring to Venice Turpentine. It's a resin, not a solvent like the turpentine most people think of. It is used to provide a thin protective layer on the sole. It's a very short term fix, and it does help hold exfoliating sole (and whatever dirt, shavings or leaves find themselves attatched) to the hoof to add extra protection. (TO THE OP). It doesn't last long, and generally doesn't make much of a difference to the horse. Though, some horses need every bit of help they can get coming out of shoes, if boots aren't provided...

I'm not sure if I understand the point of the post in the first place. Are you just looking for affirmation that you did the right thing? I'm all for going barefoot, but there wasn't a good clear question about it. As far as "doing the right thing" that's very subjective. If your horses are thriving under your care, and you don't cause them any misery, it's going to be hard to find anyone to say you are doing wrong.
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post #13 of 15 Old 12-08-2009, 02:55 PM
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Most of mine can go barefoot in most situations. When we go on long or rocky rides they get shoes automatically because we would rather not have them hurt in the first place. We did have one gelding that never could go barefoot. We tried giving him almost a year barefoot, and he was still very pained on even the slihgtest gravel. :( For me it all depends on the horse. If they can go barefoot or are comfortable with boots then that is what they get, but if that doesn't work I have no problem putting shoes on. most of the time it is just cheaper for me to keep anyone that can handle it barefoot.
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post #14 of 15 Old 12-08-2009, 03:01 PM
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I don't ever shoe any of my horses. I almost had to, once, for correction but we found a different method.
The only time I'd shoe one of my horses is if they were Reiner's ready for the show ring.

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post #15 of 15 Old 12-15-2009, 01:38 PM
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To shoe or not to shoe that is the question! Both methods are only as good as the care and maintenance that comes with it.

Proper hoof health is pretty darn critical for sure--unfortunately its not a high priority to some.

Back shoes and pasture board don't mix for sure. If you want back shoes just sign a blank check for any vet bills those shoes cause when little bobby kicks the snot out of little bill.
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