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  • Why should you keep shoes on your horse
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    09-17-2010, 09:29 PM
  #11
Green Broke
My QH has front shoes as she bruised her right front somehow and it was causing her pain. Farrier isn't sure how long she's going to need them, we don't want to take them off to soon and have her go back to being lame.
     
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    09-17-2010, 10:07 PM
  #12
Yearling
I keep both of my guys shod all year. Rosie's feet were soft and very cracked when I got her. When my farrier pulled her original shoes off, even after filing the nails down, big chunks came out. Being fed like she has been over the past 10 months though, her feet have made a very nice come back.

During the spring, summer, and fall, we do a lot of rocky trail riding. Not to mention going through streams and rivers. During the winter, we do a lot of road riding. I want to keep their feet as healthy as possible; and they also help as far as traction.
     
    09-17-2010, 10:55 PM
  #13
dee
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Right now, our horses aren't being ridden anywhere but in the pasture, so they don't need shoes. Once we really start riding again, we'll see if they need shoes. Farrier doesn't think they will, even if we ride down the road. (It's gravel) He says they all have great feet - Except for Dancer. Dancer needed some corrective trimming to correct her hoof angles - her hooves looked more like bells for a while, but now they look like hooves are supposed to. They are a lot stronger than they were, too.

You can see where the supplement we added to her feed has started to affect her hooves up near the top. I can't wait until her whole hoof looks like that!
     
    09-17-2010, 11:45 PM
  #14
Weanling
I keep my horses bare foot all year round . Shoeing a horse takes away his natural abillity to absorb shock though their hoof & can cause joint stress & problems.
If I do get a horse that can not be converted to bare foot I would get them boots.

If you shoe your horse give this a read .... it may even save you money


whybarefoot
     
    09-18-2010, 12:02 AM
  #15
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shalani    
I keep my horses bare foot all year round . Shoeing a horse takes away his natural abillity to absorb shock though their hoof & can cause joint stress & problems.
If I do get a horse that can not be converted to bare foot I would get them boots.

If you shoe your horse give this a read .... it may even save you money


whybarefoot

Thing is that not all horses can be barefoot b/c of their job. Lack of shoes would injurer them more then having shoes. Although I have never had one injured b/c of shoes and I have not had one with joint problems b/c of shoes. Actually the shoes prevent joint issues.

You can not say that ALL horses are better off with out shoes any more then you can say that ALL horses would be better off with shoes.
     
    09-18-2010, 12:13 AM
  #16
Weanling
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Originally Posted by nrhareiner    
Thing is that not all horses can be barefoot b/c of their job. Lack of shoes would injurer them more then having shoes. Although I have never had one injured b/c of shoes and I have not had one with joint problems b/c of shoes. Actually the shoes prevent joint issues.

You can not say that ALL horses are better off with out shoes any more then you can say that ALL horses would be better off with shoes.
Did you read the link ? Do you now what easy boots are ? Maybe you should do a little research
I can honestly say ALL horse are better off without Metal shoes.

Metal Shoes do not PREVENT joint issues lol
For horses that must have some protection its better for the horse to use easy boots .
     
    09-18-2010, 12:17 AM
  #17
Weanling
Garrett Ford rode The Fury to an impressive eighth place finish at the 2010 edition of the Tevis 100 mile race on July 24

His horse works harder than most & wears Easy boots .
     
    09-18-2010, 12:37 AM
  #18
Trained
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Originally Posted by Shalani    
Did you read the link ? Do you now what easy boots are ? Maybe you should do a little research

I know exactly what easy boots are and they WILL NOT work for my horses.



I can honestly say ALL horse are better off without Metal shoes.

NO not all horses are better off without metal shoes. You MUST take into consideration what the horse is being used for.

Metal Shoes do not PREVENT joint issues lol
For horses that must have some protection its better for the horse to use easy boots .
Yes in my case shoes do prevent joint damage. Easy boots would be worse then no shoes at all and that is not saying much as it would only take a few days of working the horses and they would blow their hocks out.
     
    09-18-2010, 12:38 AM
  #19
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shalani    
Garrett Ford rode The Fury to an impressive eighth place finish at the 2010 edition of the Tevis 100 mile race on July 24

His horse works harder than most & wears Easy boots .
It has nothing to do with how hard a horse works but what type of work the horse does.
     
    09-18-2010, 12:43 AM
  #20
Green Broke
I don't. All of mine are barefoot. I have one mare that needs boots for riding in our rocky arena and for trails. I use Easy Boot Edge boots. One gelding needs boots for trails only, and only when on long/hard trails. My Haflinger and Anglo Arabian have been barefoot their whole lives.

I am buying a new horse that currently has front shoes. She is "ouchy" without them. I plan on transitioning her to barefoot soon and using boots as needed.

One of my students just bought a horse that had front shoes on. We pulled them today and he's just fine without them! He may need boots for heavy trail riding, but he was fine in our rocky arena 10 minutes after his trim was done.

I do have one client whose barefoot horse is getting shoes next week... She was doing fine, but has been recently diagnosed with high ringbone AND sidebone, with grade-3 lameness at the trot... We're hoping aluminum bar shoes help make her more comfortable while we work through injections and waiting for the joint to fuse... Her problems were caused by an injury as a young horse that made her foot "twist" to the inside a little. When we got her over a year ago it was aparant something was wrong with her foot, but she was not lame in it (she was barefoot when we got her). The vet says her ringbone and sidebone likely started 2-3 years ago.

So, I am all for shoe IF a horse really needs them. However, for the health of the horse's feet, I prefer barefoot when at all possible.
     

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