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post #11 of 16 Old 11-02-2011, 02:37 PM
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Depending on how much you ride and where. I've tried them several times over the years and never got more then 2 or 3 trims from them. At a difference of $20 per shoeing for shoes, that is $60 compared to $125 - not cost effective for me.
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post #12 of 16 Old 11-02-2011, 08:30 PM
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I have boots and I like them just fine. My horses don't get ridden daily or hard. I found the cost of shoeing to be prohibitive when I was only riding once a week. Now I prefer barefoot and booting when needed over shoes. Traction is way better for one thing. It takes a bit of research to find the right boot for the right horse. Size, shape, etc.. I still have 2 pair of the old easyboot from *ahem* yeeeears ago.. I had trouble with them back then, but they fit one mare I have now who has a tendency towards flat feet, underrun heels and flares.. She's a work in progress.. One boot costs less than a typical shoe job so it doesn't take me long to save money even if I have to get more than one style or pair.

I'm one who gets tired of the other side (those who shoe) fussing at those who believe barefoot is healthier for most, if not all horses.. Basically I get tired of arguments period. ;) So, don't argue.. :)
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Horse hooves are very similar to our finger and toe nails. As with people, some horses have thick, healthy sturdy hooves and can stay sound and happy without any type of protection - shoe, boot, etc. On the other hand, some horses have weak hooves, they're brittle and crack and wear down easily, especially with work. These horses need hoof protection in order to stay sound.

The amount of work the horse does, the terrain you ride on and even the terrain in your pastures can affect whether or not your horse can go shoeless.

In short, there is no right or wrong answer. Devotees of one theory or the other can be all set on their side, and then discover (upon the purchase of a new horse or a move to a different location) that their prior beliefs aren't working for them now. Welcome to life with horses :)
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I'm one who gets tired of the other side (those who shoe) fussing at those who believe barefoot is healthier for most, if not all horses.. Basically I get tired of arguments period. ;) So, don't argue.. :)
Call me on your way to school and we can argue this some more or talk about my new Wyatt Pad.

This is a perfect example of two opposite ends. T is a barefoot boots die hard...I am at the other end of the spectrum and shoe my horses. We talk, sometimes rather loudly but in the end we agree that we both respect each others decision and that regular farrier work is the most important aspect of hooves.

My friend T... knew you would show up here
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Depending on how much you ride and where. I've tried them several times over the years and never got more then 2 or 3 trims from them. At a difference of $20 per shoeing for shoes, that is $60 compared to $125 - not cost effective for me.
I'm curious what boots did you have?

I'm a farrier, barefoot trimmer and Easyboot dealer. I've got some pay to ride trail horses that wear boots, and those horses do 5 40minute rides a day, 5 days a week from May until October. The boots don't show hardly any wear and will be used all next season and maybe even the season after that. They're about like putting a car tire on your horse's feet you ought to be able to get 50,000 miles out of them. ;)

This whole shoes vs barefoot thing is about as dumb as english vs western riding. It's all about what you're asking your horse to do. Shoes and boots both have pros and cons. Just like I wouldn't rope with an english saddle anymore than I'd jump with a western saddle. They're only different tools for different jobs.
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post #16 of 16 Old 11-03-2011, 08:42 AM
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This is a perfect example of two opposite ends. T is a barefoot boots die hard...I am at the other end of the spectrum and shoe my horses. We talk, sometimes rather loudly but in the end we agree that we both respect each others decision and that regular farrier work is the most important aspect of hooves. My friend T... knew you would show up here
Yep, we both think the other is nuts sometimes, but we agree to disagree on lots of things.. :) I will call..
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