Can you ride with a thrown shoe?

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    05-06-2011, 09:05 PM
Green Broke
Can you ride with a thrown shoe?

My horse threw her right front shoe today. The farrier's coming to put them back on Tuesday, leaving me three days of only three shoes. My stupid question is, is it okay to ride her? Her feet aren't bad at all (the shoes were only on there for out of state mountain rides), and the ground is sandy and soft. I would only be walking, because without a front shoe her gait will probably be screwy anyway.
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    05-06-2011, 09:16 PM
I don't think it would be a good idea. With the weight of a rider on her back it's harder for her to balance.... she could trip and hurt herself.
I think it would be an even better idea to say the heck with the shoes and get her a good barefoot trim!
    05-06-2011, 09:22 PM
Green Broke
It would take one heck of a pair of barefoot hooves to go 40 miles over trails rocky enough to make a mule's foot bleed! However, after my season is up, barefoot until the fall. I really do hate shoes. Expensive, annoying, and ruining my weekends with their coming off.
    05-06-2011, 09:34 PM
I hear ya! I have never had anything but problems from shoes. However I have'nt spent much time riding over the type of terrain you've described either.

Great avatar btw... very funny! :o))
    05-06-2011, 10:06 PM
My horses have been barefoot for 4 years and have done fine in rocky conditions. I can ride ANYWHERE for a day. 20-25 miles. What I can't do is 3-4 days in row barefoot.

Many endurance riders carry an easyboot for when they throw a shoe, they can finish the race on 3 shoes and boot..

I've also used duct tape to wrap up a hoof after a horse has thrown a shoe. Mainly to prevent chipping. If a shoe comes off, most hooves will be long and easy to break or chip. By making a Duct tape boot, I can get my horses out of the mountains. So yes you can ride with a shoe missing. Just be careful that you don't damage the hoof.

This horse just finished two days of 20+ miles per day of rocky trails

This is the country we were riding in

I think a ride or two in a sandy arena while waiting for the farrier. Is no big deal.
    05-06-2011, 10:14 PM
Green Broke
I would love to be able to go barefoot like you, but I would have no way to get her use to it. Everything around here is soft and sandy without a rock for miles. Also, I'll ride 20-30 miles a day for two days, plus five miles or so the day before... Ouchiness would kill my scores. *I do CTRs, which I forget to mention clearly* I do carry an easy boot, but it doesn't fit my horse's foot well and slips. If I was sure they would fit and never come off, I would buy four easy boots and ride like that.

Those trails are beautiful. Do you live close to them?
    05-06-2011, 11:37 PM
This is one of the reasons I keep my distance from shoes. They fall off, cause hoof wall damage, tendon damage, allow the horse to not correctly feel lower limb, and don't allow the horse to correctly wear his/her hoof. As a natural horse caretaker/guru, my solution: Easy Boots.

Why spend 100 dollars for shoes when you can pay 150 for a pair of boots that'll last you a season or more.

My experiences have led me to love the easy boot glove the best, it's very low profile and stays on fabulous. I also do CTR's and endurance racing and was devastated that I would have to use glue ons because of the 'nothing above the coronary band' rule, but THANKFULLY, they have changed the rules now allowing these types of boots. You can look at the new rules on the ECTRA website.

Please take a moment to consider this alternative, it will save you and your horse!
The Easyboot Glove | The Ultimate Horse Hoof Boot | EasyCare Inc.

As for riding with a missing shoe, heck I wouldn't ride a horse with all 4 shoes :P
    05-07-2011, 09:57 PM
I'm not saying you should go barefoot. I am saying you could do some simple rides with a shoe missing while you wait for the farrier.

Take a rasp and trim the hoof to prevent chipping or breaking of the hoof wall. Your farrier will trim the hoof before he nails on a new shoe. So you are not doing anything that he won't do when he arrives. Don't take too much hoof off. But any excess that might break or chip away.

Put a boot on or some duct tape and you are good for a ride to get your horsey fix for the day. Now I wouldn't ask him to run barrels or Poles in that condition, But you can ride around the barn or down the trail.

BrightEyes. That area is about 4 hours south of me. We ride it a lot in the spring while we wait for the snow in the high country to melt. Here is a photo closer to home. (actually about 20 minutes) This is my daughter and her friends.
    05-07-2011, 11:16 PM
Green Broke
I have both my horses barefoot. It is mostly sandy or mud or dirt here locally. We rode in Central Texas a few weeks ago and it was rocky - not like the above photos but rocky all the same.

We all bought Easy Boot Gloves for the horses front hooves and didn't have a problem. We all carry them now and it is a good thing. We rode 100 miles from home this morning and when we got there my hubby's gelding seemed a little off. His front heel bulbs were a little tender so we popped on the Easy Boot Gloves and off we went. Of course we were in a sandy environment but Easy Boot Gloves are terrific. Give them a whirl and you won't have to worry about thrown shoes any more and you will save $$
    05-07-2011, 11:50 PM
This is the terrain we ride in with Easyboot Epics. She does fine barefoot on the back with Epics on the fronts.

I haven't had good luck with Gloves fitting my horses due to their round hoof shape. I know the Epics have the same or similar shape to the Gloves, but because of the cables, I can get the Epics to work well even with an imperfect fit.

On regular dirt, I don't use boots at all. Just for the rocks.
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