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    04-08-2012, 12:37 PM
Riding shoeless

I'd really like some imput as the other day I took my horses shoes off (they only had front ones on) because my Furrier hadn't come yet do to bad weather. The feet do need a rasping (trim) but they really aren't badly overgrown , was wondering if I could ride them in my arena. It has good quality sand. Would that mess their feet up do you think? My shoer won't be here for another week. We have a few days of good weather before it rains again for another week ....
Thanks Ann
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    04-08-2012, 12:45 PM
I wouldn't think so, as long as you took the shoes off properly, if it's just in an arena with good sand. If they're used to having shoes, it's probably not best to do too much with them, and maybe give them a little time to adjust to the feeling, but I really don't see any problems.
Keep in mind though, I'm not exactly a farrier. :)
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    04-08-2012, 01:02 PM
I hope I took them off correctly. My neighbor did it. I cleaned their feet and they looked ok to me. They looked a little jagged around the edges. I used a 2 sided type rasp to get the edges smooth.
I'll give it a try(riding them). I turned them both loose in the arena to run them around a bit yesterday and they seem ok .
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    04-08-2012, 01:48 PM
Green Broke
Soft ground should not bother a horses feet at all after taking off their shoes. I wouldn't want to ride down a gravel road or rocky trail. That takes conditioning their feet to go on barefoot if they've been shod.
    04-08-2012, 07:35 PM
Usually the problem with barefoot horses is the seperation of the white line. If the hoof wall if long, the excess leverage will pull the hoof wall away from the Laminai And you get a dirt grove that continues to push dirt into the white line area. Further seperating the hoof wall from the laminai

If his hoof wall is not long and basically protruding past the sole of the foot. You won't have too much of a problem. If it is long, Every step ( with a rider or playing with his herd mates is pushing against that hoof wall.

Riding the barefoot horse in the arena sand is no worse than letting him run around with herd mates. Rocks and gravel of course put more spot pressure on the hoof wall since the concentrate the horses weight over a small rock vs across his entire hoof.
    04-09-2012, 03:27 PM
Thanks for the advice painted Horse, I don't think his feet are that long . He was shod 12 weeks ago and its winter so the hoof hasn't grown too much. When I rode him yesterday in the arena he did ok but I could tell walking him back to untack on the gravel he was sore. Kept wanting to go off to the side where the dirt was. He is just not a candidate to go shoeless although I wish he was. Small feet small frog and big quarter horse front. He has been having some issues with his front heels. The vet wants him to wear ( I think natrual balance shoes that will take the pressure off the heel) have you ever heard of this? He's a western pleasure quarter horse and from what I've been reading they have a tendency to get navicular or something in that catagory.
Thanks for the advice..
    04-10-2012, 01:22 AM
Green Broke
From what you say it sounds like navicular is a strong possibility. I don't know who decided to breed tiny feet into QH but whoever it is needs to be taken out and shot. Seen more QH with foot problems (mainly navicular) than any other breed but that is only my personal experience, your mileage may vary.
    04-11-2012, 01:39 PM
Your so right about these quarter horses with little feet. They breed them for all that great work they do and why can't they breed good feet into them is beyond me. My mare is smaller (used for reining) and I don't think she will have any problems, but my gelding is built big in the front and I'm hopeing that theses special shoes work for him. I just read an article on navicular and it was very promising with diagnosing the syndrome with an MRI. Much clearer to see exactly what is causing the problem. Sometimes its not what they think. I also heard that going shoeless would help some horses as the shoes squeeze their feet together.

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