Originally Posted by CowboyShoePolish
Are there designer shoes?
As in shoes for draft horses and shoes for jumpers?
Just to answer this question. YES, there are 'designer shoes'.
I know there are a few, maybe many type of draft shoes. For example, the scotch bottom shoes you tend to see on Clydesdales in shows.
My Clydesdale was shoed this spring/summer and she just had what I think are plain draft type shoes with clips.
My mare, however, had to have shoes because she was getting hoof seperation. But, I liked the shoes because I could take her anywhere without her getting sore. She is now barefoot.
This is a big (and sometimes heated discussion with draft horses). I'm not sure if you have a farrier or if you trim yourself and if you have a farrier, I probably don't know him
, but check to see if he leaves 'flairs' on your horse's feet when he trims. Many many people say that you SHOULD 'naturally' leave flairs and a draft horse's feet. Well, you REALLY SHOULDN'T. They do no good and make a mess out of your draft's big feet.
My poor girl has horrible flairs because the farrier's always leave them. This is not natural and causes many problems.
I personally think my horse's hoof seperation is from flairs. I was thinking about trying to trim my own horse's feet and I did 'a lot' of research on 'feet'.
True 'naturally' trimmed draft feet are beautiful!! I love natural hoof care!
With all this said, good luck to you!! If you don't know what I mean by flairs, let me know and I'd be glad to show you!