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    07-17-2012, 11:45 AM
Question Riding with one shoe????

So I said I would work with this 15 year old Arab for a friend so they can see if they want to buy her. The people she actually belongs too are not horsey at all so they put one shoe on her??? I know weird. But I can't talk to them about it because one, I barely know them and two I'm only twelve! She is 13hh and I only have boots for my big horses so that's not an option, it's her front. So really I NEED to work with her or she will end up going back to her old home where she was pretty much mistreated! I have an arena with deep sand would that be ok? Please give me some advice
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    07-17-2012, 11:47 AM
It's like a person working in one shoe. She may have lost it. She should have no shoes, front shoes, back shoes or all four shoes but never one.
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    07-17-2012, 12:22 PM
Actually there was a horse (a baby) in barn I used to board with one shoe on. The reason was it was born with one leg longer, so the farrier put a correction shoe to even them up. Eventually the horse didn't need that shoe anymore.

As for this situation I don't quite get HOW the farrier put one shoe on only? Or did they nail it themselves? My guess would be the horse had both shoes on, but lost one. If that's the case I'd mention it to the owners and either call farrier ASAP or pull the shoe off till farrier can come.
    07-17-2012, 12:27 PM
Are you sure she simply didn't lose the shoe? I don't see how you can claim she only had one put on in the first place when you don't talk to the owners.

As far as riding in only one shoe when the horse has lost the other one, I took Molly out for a hack the other day and on the way home I heard the tell-tale clunking sound of a loose shoe. I dismounted and found that every nail but two had come loose and the shoe was hanging on by two nails on the same side. I pulled the shoe and walked her home. Just not worth the risk riding them with uneven pressure/height, IMO.
    07-17-2012, 02:07 PM
I would have your parent(s) talk to them about putting a second shoe on, not you..you're only 12 and do not need to be talking to an adult about something like this. Not many adults would like a kid telling them what they need to do, whether it's right or wrong. Have your parents let the owners know that they don't want you to ruin a sell by trying out a horse that could possibly become lame in the process, or blame you 100% for it possibly becoming lame.

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