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    01-30-2010, 01:21 PM
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Do horses have to be shod for show?

My horses have always been barefoot. But I never see any barefoot horses at shows and I was wondering if shoes are required. It would be a small fortune to have my big guy shod. I could probably only afford to have it done once a year, if at all. It seems kind of a waste of money to shoe him just for showing when he doesn't even need shoes.
     
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    01-30-2010, 02:11 PM
  #2
Foal
I was actually wondering about the same thing. I'm just not going to worry about it. If my horse can do it without shoes I would prefer to keep him barefoot. I don't know that there is any sort of "requirement" I just think people do it for traction.
     
    01-30-2010, 02:13 PM
  #3
Banned
I do not know of any type of showing that has a requirement of shoes if your horse can be sound and get the traction required to compete with out them.
     
    01-30-2010, 02:16 PM
  #4
Trained
Check with the organization that you are going to be showing with. Why would it cost so much to have one horse shod? I think most farriers around here anyway charge $60-75 to put on shoes and $35 to trim. I hope you are getting your horses feet trimmed on a regular basis so the cost to shoe would only be $25-40 more every two months or so.
     
    01-30-2010, 02:32 PM
  #5
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Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
Why would it cost so much to have one horse shod?
I also wonder.

I would guess that the difference between a trim and front shoes would be less than the entry fees you will pay for most horse shows, even small shows.

My farrier is $90 for fronts only, a trim alone is $35. Getting to a horse show costs me more than $55.
     
    01-30-2010, 02:56 PM
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Oh how lucky you guys are.

My horse costs 80/$110 every 7 weeks for shoes.
She needs shoes and studs to cope with walking on tarmacced lanes.

The shoes need changing every 7 weeks because the hoof grows.

If we lived in an area where the horse went for the most time on soft ground, then maybe I could get away with not shoeing her - but once she is shod then it is a large bill every 7 weeks.

Almost all of Britain's regularly ridden horses are shod. Mostly ponies escape but not always.

I'm thinking of re-locating again.


B G
     
    01-30-2010, 02:59 PM
  #7
Foal
In the winter, I can get away with shoeing every 6-7 weeks. In the summer, I am lucky to get 4 weeks out of them.

I only shoe the front and get the backs trimmed. It costs about 70, sometimes 65, depending upon if he has any chips or special circumstances.
     
    01-30-2010, 03:06 PM
  #8
Trained
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Originally Posted by Barry Godden    
Oh how lucky you guys are.

My horse costs 80/$110 every 7 weeks for shoes.
She needs shoes and studs to cope with walking on tarmacced lanes.

The shoes need changing every 7 weeks because the hoof grows.

If we lived in an area where the horse went for the most time on soft ground, then maybe I could get away with not shoeing her - but once she is shod then it is a large bill every 7 weeks.

Almost all of Britain's regularly ridden horses are shod. Mostly ponies escape but not always.

I'm thinking of re-locating again.


B G
Contrary to what you read on this forum the majority of U.S. Horses are shod also. The cost to shoe if you board at a barn and have a cerified farrier do it is probably $110-120 every 6-8 weeks but if you shop around and your horse has no special needs then you can find good horseshoers that will do it cheaper.
     
    01-30-2010, 05:45 PM
  #9
Green Broke
I see a bunch of barefoot horses at lower level events around here. No worries. If you don't want him shod, don't get him shod! My horse is fine barefoot, but when I get her into competition condition, she will be shod because we need stud holes
     
    01-30-2010, 05:49 PM
  #10
Yearling
I have my horse barefoot mostly but I do rein to so I need sliders. I have never heard of it as a rule though.
     

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