Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Kansas in the summer, Kentucky most of the time
I had aluminum shoes on my OTTB mare for as long as she was competing. She never had anything else. Now that she's retired, she's barefoot. She has surprisingly good feet for a TB.
My 3/4 TB 1/4 Shire was barefoot for most of her life until last year when we started jumping consistently. and even then, she only has fronts. At first, we tried the aluminums (she had frog support pads as well. The farrier said she needed more heel) and she burned through them too quickly. He could never reuse the shoe for another shoeing. So we switched her to steel (still with the pads). At first, I hated them. They made her gait choppy. But then we took the pads off when she had a good enough heel but kept the steel shoes and found that it was actually just the pads that were making her gait choppy. now she has a great gait with the steel shoes and she's not burning through them as quickly. Keep in mind that this horse had size 3 feet!
ETA: the draft X has quite a bit of knee action and the steel shoes haven't affected that at all.
I think it totally depends on the horse and what the horse is expected to do.
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Last edited by eventerdrew; 06-03-2009 at 10:41 PM.