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post #11 of 43 Old 09-03-2013, 01:16 PM Thread Starter
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I have heard some navicular horses do very well unshod. He's been shod with backwards shoes to try and help but he's not doing anything and is just an ornament
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post #12 of 43 Old 09-03-2013, 01:23 PM
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Yes. I think it would be cruel. He's at your mercy. I think it's pretty selfish to put your monetary and riding needs ahead of your horse's comfort and health.

Your statement ".... but if he needs it badly...." gee, it sounds like you're willing to let him suffer, as long as it's only nominally. I have a problem with pet owners who care more about their pleasure than the comfort and care of their pet.
Maybe try reading for comprehension next time and not just jump to half-a$$ negative conclusions.

She said that he's going to be a pasture pet, not ridden. She has another horse already that she's going to ride because this horse is not riding sound.

Personally, I find it commendable that she's willing to keep him as a pasture pet and shoe him if necessary to keep him comfortable, even though he's basically useless to her (no offense, OP). I wouldn't be able to afford to do that, as much as I'd like to.
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I agree with others, it's not cruel at all. You only want what's best for the horse and IMHO, what's best for him as a pasture ornament would be shoeless.

You might want to message Loosie and ask what kind of trim she thinks would be best for this horse and then discuss it with the farrier. Given the proper trim, there is no reason why he couldn't be just as comfortable barefoot as he is with shoes.

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post #14 of 43 Old 09-03-2013, 02:15 PM
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I think pulling the backward shoes is the best thing you can do for him.

I know there is some big advocates of the backward shoe for some conditions but it is a really archaic practice and we have really moved past doing that. A breakover shoe or rolled toe shoe is much better and provides more relief.

You will be doing him a favor by going barefoot. Have you thought about trying to trim him yourself?
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This situation is always hard. I had a friend with a mare she adored that ended up in a similar situation, and after a few years she was no longer consistently pasture sound and was put down.

so no, I don't think its cruel, and I commend you for the effort and money you are putting into keeping him comfortable, many, many people would have dishonestly resold him to try and get some money back.
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He was dishonestly sold to me and has been worked to the ground. I love him regardless and have been doing everything I can to try and keep him comfy.
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He was dishonestly sold to me and has been worked to the ground. I love him regardless and have been doing everything I can to try and keep him comfy.
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He sounds like a lucky horse to have you as an owner. Keep him comfy and happy as long as you can and lots of carrots and kisses along the way.
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Ugh darn horse had me in tears! I almost lost him 2 weeks ago from a bad gas colic. Had to rush him up to the emergency clinic where they were almost positive that he needed surgery. He ended up fixing his displaced colon over night. Ugh. What a night that was. :(
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I think he's a very lucky horse and that he seems like he'd be happiest as a pasture pet. If he can go without shoes comfortably, why put them on I'd you don't want to? I see nothing selfish in that at all. I have a problem with people who think that we, as pet owners, should never consider comfort AND money at the same time. I agree that if anyone has an issue with pulling his shows, then they can certainly send you some money to help cover costs. It's the least they could do, after all. How selfish they would be for withholding their own money and not helping you!
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Maybe try reading for comprehension next time and not just jump to half-a$$ negative conclusions.

She said that he's going to be a pasture pet, not ridden. She has another horse already that she's going to ride because this horse is not riding sound.

Personally, I find it commendable that she's willing to keep him as a pasture pet and shoe him if necessary to keep him comfortable, even though he's basically useless to her (no offense, OP). I wouldn't be able to afford to do that, as much as I'd like to.
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Thanks drafty! I go without alot so he can have what he needs. That includes shoes.
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