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    08-11-2009, 10:19 PM
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Shoeing the younger horse for the first time?

I just got off the phone with my farrier. Heís going to call me back this coming Sunday to set an appointment for either Monday or Tuesday to get both my 15 year old mare and my 3 year old geldingís front hooves shod. I did talk to him, and he agreed that my gelding will probably benefit more with just front shoes instead of being shod all around since its his front hooves that give him slight problems on rocky areas and not his back and he agreed that my mare should be able to handle front shoes perfectly considering when I first got her we rode with just front shoes for a long while and she did fine.

Anyway, Iím not concerned with my mare, as sheís an old pro at shoeing... but my gelding has never been shod and the last time my farrier trimmed him was over a year ago (Iíve been doing his trimming and just having my farrier look at his hooves and instruct me on what to work on). Iíve been virtually the only person messing with his hooves. Heís perfect for me to trim and pick his hooves out... but Iíve never worked on getting him used to the sensations and vibrations that go along with shoeing.

My farrier asked me about this and when I told him that I hadnít really worked with him a lot on the shoeing aspect of it, he told me to get a hammer or a big rock and start working with him with it... picking up his hooves and holding them up for a few long minutes and get him used to the tapping of the rock/hammer on his hoof. He also said to get one of my mares old shoes and a hammer and once heís ok to tap his bare hoof with it, start tapping the hammer against the shoe.

What else can I do to make sure that my gelding behaves for shoeing? I adore my farrier (heís the best one Iíve ever used, heís funny, he gives training advice and will ride my horses to access their training, and heís relatively cheap... according to him, itíll be between $30 and $35 for front shoes per horse).
     
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    08-12-2009, 09:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Britt    
heís relatively cheap... according to him, itíll be between $30 and $35 for front shoes per horse).

He gave you great advice, That is how I do young horses too. I do this routine daily for about a week and then nail the shoes on.
As for price he is again right on. $30-$35 is cheap.
You have a nice guy there, hang onto him.
     
    08-12-2009, 09:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Britt    
...and heís relatively cheap... according to him, itíll be between $30 and $35 for front shoes per horse).
Very cheap! That's the price of a trim around here.
     
    08-12-2009, 09:24 AM
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Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares    
Very cheap! That's the price of a trim around here.
A trim here is $42 and tax.
A reset of 4 is $152 and tax.
The amish here charge $20 for a reset of 4
     
    08-12-2009, 09:30 AM
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A trim here is $42 and tax.
A reset of 4 is $152 and tax.
The amish here charge $20 for a reset of 4
Yikes! Glad we have some tough, low maintenance mares that I trim myself and are comfortable going barefoot everywhere!
     
    08-12-2009, 11:43 AM
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Dang... It's amazing how all the prices vary...


I'm going to wait for about an hour (I just woke up) and then get my boy out and start working with him with the sounds and sensations and stuff.

I want my gelding to behave perfectly because my farrier is such an awesome person... I don't want him to have any trouble... lol.
     
    08-12-2009, 01:24 PM
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Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares    
Yikes! Glad we have some tough, low maintenance mares that I trim myself and are comfortable going barefoot everywhere!
You are lucky. I run alot of miles over very rough footing and my guy would wear out his feet in short order without steel shoes.
I tried aluminum for fun and they lasted a week. Steel shows excessive wear in 8 weeks. No way I have the option of going bare.
     
    08-13-2009, 03:17 AM
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I know this is under training & you're not asking, but just remember(or learn) the potential 'side effects' of shoeing & be judicial with shoeing your young boy especially, as he's not finished developing yet.
     
    08-13-2009, 03:21 AM
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Originally Posted by RiosDad    
You are lucky. I run alot of miles over very rough footing and my guy would wear out his feet in short order without steel shoes.
You might be surprised... and at how quickly steel wears compared to good rubber.
     
    08-13-2009, 09:18 AM
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Originally Posted by loosie    
You might be surprised... and at how quickly steel wears compared to good rubber.
What does good rubber have to do with it??? I will not run boots. To me they are clumsy?? An added bother when saddling , expensive and I need traction devices 24/7 in the winter. I will not put a barefoot horse out in the winter pastures with all that ice without studs.
So rubber is not an option, aluminum shoes wear out in a week so steel shoes are the only option for me.
I have also seen the screw in studs on boots and think they are actually too agressive. Also a horse wearing studs can easily cork himself so instead of pressed in studs I use Borium or Drill tec.
     

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