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    01-16-2011, 12:13 PM
Lost a shoe!

I just noticed my horse has lost a shoe. I rode her before I noticed. It was definitely there on friday so she lost it between then and today. So what I want to know is will her hoof hurt because the shoe fell off and will it make her feel a bit lame? While I was on her she felt a bit different than usual. And when I asked her to canter she kinda jumped into it instead of changing smoothly like she usually does. Could that be because the shoe is gone?
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    01-16-2011, 12:29 PM
Green Broke
Well firstly, if your horse is shod you really should pick out her hooves before riding. That way you will never miss it if she has thrown a shoe

She shouldn't be sore but she may feel a little 'off' in that foot and be unwilling to pick up the canter on that leg. I would have the farrier out to rectify the situation.

Is it a front shoe or a back shoe? You can remove the other shoe on the corresponding leg but I wouldn't recommend doing that unless you are experienced in removing shoes as you can damage the hoof if you pull the nails out on the wrong angle.
    01-16-2011, 12:41 PM
Yeah I know I always pick out her hooves but I didn't today because her legs were so mucky and wet I just decided to leave them until after I rode her and then I seen the shoe was gone. I am going to get the farrier out this week. It is the front hoof. I don't get shoes on her back feet.
    01-16-2011, 03:54 PM
Oh I was also wondering would she be ok in the field with only one shoe until Wednesday?
    01-16-2011, 04:11 PM
Green Broke
She should be fine, losing a shoe won't hurt her as long as it came off clean. Her sole may be a bit bruised depending on how long it was since her last trim (i.e. If her hoof is short or long) and what kind of ground you were riding on.

Sounds like the ground is pretty soft where you are anyway. If the mud is really thick and sticky that might be how she pulled the first one off.
    01-16-2011, 07:16 PM
It is very muddy in some parts of the field. The farrier is coming tomorrow. Thanks!

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