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post #1 of 13 Old 07-31-2012, 04:44 AM Thread Starter
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Four months of droving.. Help?

Hi everyone,

So i've just found out I've been accepted to take my horse and go droving for four months. I'm extreamly excited but have a lot to get organised it 2 weeks.

My biggest question is about my horses feet, she's been barefoot 100% of the time I've had her. All the other horses on the drove are shod for this trip because their feet ware out. I've been told to shoe my horse but I was thinking what about the easy boots you can get? I've spoken to my farrier and he said that sometimes they can rub, especially if she's going to be in them every day for 4 months.

Any opions? / suggestions.

Also anything I must not forget?

Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 13 Old 07-31-2012, 04:49 AM
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Wow get fit girl! That's a long long time! Make your horse fit as well :) Have fun!

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post #3 of 13 Old 07-31-2012, 04:59 AM Thread Starter
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Oh believe me im working on it :)
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Very good :P It will be a good few months!

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post #5 of 13 Old 07-31-2012, 05:11 AM
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How hard does she work as is, barefoot? Droving isn't going to cause excessive damage, just wear. Does your farrier think she can hold up barefoot? Does your farrier have much to do with working horses?

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My farrier is fantastic and I trust him 100%. It's four months straight of 10km per day. I think there'll wear down, it's on roads etc.
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We have a mare that we drive and have easyboot trails for her. They do cause wear when you use them for a long time every day. But it would be a good idea to use them and just alternate days. She is driving on the roads, which do cause considerable wear and tear on her feet. But in her boots she is a new horse. If you have days you are going to be riding the horse on particularly rocky terrain then that would be a good idea. Hope this helps a bit and is somewhat understandable. Good luck. ;3
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Thanks heaps, and yeah it made complete sense. :)
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I work my ranch horses barefoot. I have not used hoof boots, but have taken hobby riders with me to check cows and the boots either A) malfunctioned in someway, or B) rubbed the horses and made them sore. Our pastures are a mix of grasses, low brush, rock, small treed areas, flats, hills and draws.

I was not impressed and it interfered with caring for the cattle. I will no longer take anyone out that uses them.

Perhaps these peoples' horses were not in decent condition and that was enough to make their gait ineffective. Or they weren't muscled enough to maintain balance over the varying terrain.
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Talk to the people who run it. If they recommend shoes, then get your horse shod.

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