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    10-31-2011, 08:54 PM
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Trained
Shoes are off...at least two of them.

All year I've been debating whether to take my horse's shoes off. I've heard plenty of thoughts on both sides including the cliche stuff like "TBs can't go shoeless". While I really wanted to pull them all, I decided not to fix something that wasn't broken. I had the farrier pull the back two and left the front two on. I figure if the backs go well, I'll try the fronts at a later date. This horse is very short strides behind until he's well warmed up. I'm hoping the added leg circulation back there will help him use himself better. Fingers crossed!
     
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    10-31-2011, 09:04 PM
  #2
Showing
Sounds like a good plan to me. I have one Thoroughbred that absolutely positively needs a full set of shoes with front pads, and I have another one that can go barefoot but is front shod right now because of heavy trail riding.

Let us know how he goes!
     
    10-31-2011, 09:39 PM
  #3
Weanling
It depends on the individual horse, the amount of work your horse does and the conditions of your pasture/stalls/riding area.

Sounds like you're going about it the right way. Remember, it can sometimes take a few weeks for them to get used to going shoeless, so he may seem a bit tender at first.
     

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