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        09-18-2010, 01:28 PM
      #41
    Yearling
    Aidan has to have shoes or he bruises real bad, very tender souls. I pulled them this summer since I took a break from showing and it's to hot. But he has even gotten sore from stomping his feet because of the bugs. Shoes going back on.
         
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        09-18-2010, 06:54 PM
      #42
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Shalani    
    It just helps when you have facts to back up your claims and that's what I was providing.
    Those aren't all facts. Improper shoeing leads to many issues, and prolonged shoeing can lead to problems, but many horses do very well with shoes.

    I am a barefoot proponent; I trim Ramey style. However, I recognize the need for shoes in some situations. Not all owners can provide a "paddock paradise" for their horses, as well as a trimmer who knows about barefoot performance. And, in some cases, shoes ARE needed, like reining horses or medical issues, such as our ringbone/sidebone mare with a twisted foot. To be comfortable barefoot she would need to be trimmed perfectly every week, which is not possible in our situation.
         
        09-18-2010, 07:18 PM
      #43
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by luvs2ride1979    
    Those aren't all facts. Improper shoeing leads to many issues, and prolonged shoeing can lead to problems, but many horses do very well with shoes.

    I am a barefoot proponent; I trim Ramey style. However, I recognize the need for shoes in some situations. Not all owners can provide a "paddock paradise" for their horses, as well as a trimmer who knows about barefoot performance. And, in some cases, shoes ARE needed, like reining horses or medical issues, such as our ringbone/sidebone mare with a twisted foot. To be comfortable barefoot she would need to be trimmed perfectly every week, which is not possible in our situation.

    Excellent post Luvs2ride. I tried barefoot with my guy under the guidance of a certified and experienced barefoot trimmer. We tried Easyboots and another brand I can't remember. He was dead lame all summer. Put his shoes back on and he hasn't taken a wrong step since.

    I like the idea of barefoot but unilaterally opposing it is as ignorant as saying all barefoot fans are whackos on a band wagon.
         
        09-18-2010, 09:42 PM
      #44
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by nrhareiner    
    Good shoeing will not hurt the horse. Bad shoeing as like bad trims or nothing done at all will.
    I agree 100% with this.
         
        09-18-2010, 10:03 PM
      #45
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by VelvetsAB    
    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.

    Do you use shoes with bars or boron for traction?
         
        09-19-2010, 12:56 AM
      #46
    Trained
    My barrel horse has been ridden barefoot except for when we've done endurance rides where there was asphalt to be ridden on.

    The horse I am currently jumping has no shoes as the owner believes in barefoot trimming (coincidentally enough she is using the same farrier who destroyed my horses feet a few years ago. Apparently she's gotten better).

    The horses I ride who are in competition and eventing all have shoes and I feel for good reason. Shoes are pulled over the winter though -- They're all on turn out and would slide all over the place in a Montana winter.
         
        09-19-2010, 01:17 AM
      #47
    Green Broke
    All of my horses are currently barefoot, mainly so I can maintain them myself. I used to shoe my own horses but my body just can't take it anymore. But I still like the freedom of maintaining their feet and not having to rely on someone else.

    Plus, I really do think it promotes healthier feet. My friends whose horses are shod have small, contracted looking feet for the size of horses the feet are on. But, it's a personal decision.

    Barefoot works for me because I am careful of the terrain and don't go galloping around willy-nilly (we have lots of rocks) and if a horse has trouble in the rocks, I use Easyboot Epics. My Mustang, who was shod for years when I bought him, can go almost anywhere completely barefoot. My Fox trotter, who is a new horse for me, needs boots on her fronts in the rocks to be comfortable.

    Yes, boots can be a pain in the rear sometimes, but to me it is worth it. I feel the horses have healthier feet, I can trim and tweak them whenever I think they need it, and if we need hoof protection, we can just strap it on. So it works for me. It may not work for others and that is fine with me.

    Maybe calling it barefoot isn't quite the right term. Maybe it is more like putting on hoof protection only when they need it instead of them wearing it 24/7 even if they don't need it. I dunno.

    But my horses are trail horses and I can do with their feet what I wish. I can see where reiners and other performances horses would need specialized shoeing.
         
        09-19-2010, 02:38 AM
      #48
    Trained
    Quote:
    Maybe it is more like putting on hoof protection only when they need it instead of them wearing it 24/7 even if they don't need it.
    Amen. Exactly how I see it.
         
        09-19-2010, 03:10 AM
      #49
    Yearling
    Athena has been barefoot for almost a year now. She used to get front and hind shoes with borium when I rode on the road a lot.
         

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