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  • Why shoe horses
  • Do you shoeyour horses in the winter time

 
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    09-17-2010, 06:00 PM
  #1
Weanling
Why do you shoe your horses?

Well.... why? I would love to know!
     
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    09-17-2010, 06:25 PM
  #2
Started
Beau has had shoes since he was 4 and he's sore without them, he never gets the winter off, so I don't have time to transition him to barefoot.

Plus, we jump and they help with concussion/cracking and when we evented he had shoes all-around for traction purposes.
     
    09-17-2010, 06:29 PM
  #3
Green Broke
Because Annalie's front feet get wore down when I ride her out on the road. It's making her toe short and heel long. She needs the shoes to keep her balanced.
     
    09-17-2010, 06:38 PM
  #4
Trained
I shoe my horses b/c if I did not put shoes on them they would blow out their hocks in about 2 days. If I am not working and showing them then they are barefoot.
     
    09-17-2010, 07:23 PM
  #5
Showing
I keep my horses barefoot in the winter and the only ones who ever get shoes are the ones that we commonly use during the summer on cattle. The only reason we shoe them is because we do a lot of riding on rocky roads and across rocky pastures (sometimes at a long trot, lope, or a run). Having shoes on just helps to minimize the risk of them getting a stone bruise.
     
    09-17-2010, 07:28 PM
  #6
Trained
I shoe Nelson because we work all year round and are Eventers. I need the shoes to beable to protect him, and to beable to put studs in his shoes when we are on course.

I tried the barefoot thing with him, and it was very unsuccesful. He ended up with bruises and abcesses.

He is much happier with shoes on than without.
     
    09-17-2010, 07:39 PM
  #7
Green Broke
I'm on the flip side of this thread, where neither horse is shod and do very well on all types of terrain.

However, T , my 21 yr old mare, does not grow hoof like she use to. After a couple of long rides on gravel (4 -5 hrs each time), her hooves are worn right down.

So, if I decide to continue taking her on these longer rides on that type of footing, I'll probably have to start shoeing her again. Must be an age thing, as this was never an issue before last year.
     
    09-17-2010, 07:45 PM
  #8
Started
I have my daughter's horse shod all riding season (no winters here) as she is riding every day and would have his feet wore down to nothing. I have my tenderfooted paint shod as he walks on the gravel much easier with shoes on during riding season.
     
    09-17-2010, 08:12 PM
  #9
Green Broke
Zierra is shod for corrective purposes right now - years of bad farrier work have screwed up her angles so bad and has actually caused a sort of deformation of the hoof. We have her in shoes to get her heels back underneath her and cut the toe down.

Typically, I never shoe my horses because they have good feet and I don't do enough to warrant shoeing. But I'm not afraid TO shoe if it becomes necessary.
     
    09-17-2010, 08:17 PM
  #10
Green Broke
Our race horses get shod as the stonedust will trim their feet down pretty quick if we don't. We try to jog them most of the winter to keep them in shape, so they also are needed for traction.
     

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