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    View Poll Results: Is your horse barefoot or shod?
    Barefoot 11 57.89%
    Shod 7 36.84%
    Barefoot in winter, shod in summer 1 5.26%
    Voters: 19. You may not vote on this poll

     
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        05-03-2008, 09:49 AM
      #11
    Started
    Well, my mare was shod when I was riding her, and will be shod when I get her back and start riding her for two reasons

    1) it will be icy so she will be shod with studs in her shoes, that will keep her from slipping !
    2) when the ice has melted the terrain under will be rocky, and not to good for hooves, although almost all icelanders have good hooves !

    But until december she will be barfoot in the nature ;) and will be half of every year, like almost every horse here !
         
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        05-03-2008, 01:32 PM
      #12
    Started
    My girl has to be shod. She get's really tender-footed on front and I ride on extremely rocky trails and sometimes for many long hours a day for many, many days in a row. I don't like her being tender, so I keep her shod... she stay's barefoot about three or four months out of the year though, and I pull her shoes when they need and and trim her myself. She goes barefoot for about two or three weeks every time her shoes come off, to let her hoofs grow and to let her relax for a bit.

    My colt, I'm hoping that he inherited his sire's hooves... his sire has NEVER had to have shoes and has never taken a lame step... I'm hoping that I can keep Dakota barefoot... but I dunno.
         
        05-06-2008, 10:57 PM
      #13
    Trained
    Barefoot all the way! More and more people are going barefoot and I love to see that! Apparently even pulling horses, when trimmed appropriately for their sport, can have just as good traction as with shoes without the stress and damage to the hoof wall. Those nails come far too close to live hoof for my peace of mind.

    I often think of when I was at home full-time, whether as a kid or as a full-fledged grown-up with kids -- the more barefoot I went, the tougher my feet were. And I always felt great -- was that because I was barefoot or because I was outside working so much? A bit of both I think.

    To me, if we are not interfering with the natural way of things in the work and training, we don't need to interfere with the natural physical form. Only when we ask *more* do we need to provide *more*.
         
        05-06-2008, 11:18 PM
      #14
    Banned
    Sonny was tender footed at first when I got him...but I put off putting shoes on him because I really wanted him to go barefoot...and turns out that his feet were tender BECAUSE of the shoes...not because his hoof was made that way.

    Now my farrier has a hard time trimming his hooves cause his hooves are really hard and I don't use any hoof supplements on him at all haha
         
        05-06-2008, 11:33 PM
      #15
    Foal
    My ASB is retired so theres no reason for shoes. He was once a Park horse so he now gets to just be a country boy playing in the orange groves.
         
        05-07-2008, 01:24 AM
      #16
    Weanling
    All mine are shod.
    Mainly because we compete alot ie Showjumping, Showing, Eventing (bf does reining and cutting).
         
        05-08-2008, 01:50 PM
      #17
    Green Broke
    My ASB has brittle feet = shoes on front

    Otherwise he walks around on little stubs

    The old man is barefoot - and quite content.
         

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