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        08-13-2009, 10:22 AM
      #11
    Trained
    My problem with my horses rubber "booties" was that she kicks them off if I go any faster than a walk. There's nothing wrong with plain old steel shoes. =]

    Here, at least with my farrier, it's $40 for a trim, $75 for a half shoe, and $90 for a full shoe. My mare used to have a farrier before I got her that only charged $20 for a full shoe, which would have been great if he knew what he was doing. O_O
         
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        08-13-2009, 10:39 AM
      #12
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by riccil0ve    
    Here, at least with my farrier, it's $40 for a trim, $75 for a half shoe, and $90 for a full shoe. My mare used to have a farrier before I got her that only charged $20 for a full shoe, which would have been great if he knew what he was doing. O_O
    I'm lucky in the fact that I have been shoing for over 20 years so keeping my boy shod is only $3.70 for a pair of shoes and 7 cents per nail.
         
        08-13-2009, 11:51 AM
      #13
    Showing
    As long as the shoeing is done properly, there should be no ill effects of wearing shoes. I know lots of horses that spend their lives in shoes and never have a single hoof problem. Sounds like you have one heck of a good farrier, keep ahold of him.
         
        08-14-2009, 03:37 AM
      #14
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by RiosDad    
    What does good rubber have to do with it??? ....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.
    Not trying to tell you what to do, just prompting/reminding you on considering all factors, make informed decisions, that's all! That's the best any of us can do, whether we come to the same conclusions or not!

    Rubber has a lot to do with it when considering wear actually. One reason cars have rubber, not steel wheels... If it's too dangerous to put a horse out without studs in winter, how's your young boy(& all those other horses the world over) survived till now??lol: <TIC>

    'There's nothing wrong with conventional steel shoes'.... I disagree with that comment *generally*, from the point of view of the health of the horse. BUT it depends on many factors & I also don't believe shoes are necessarily bad for a horse, if they're applied right, not left on too long, not applied to damaged feet, etc etc. IOW, there are a lot of 'side effects' from shoes but they can generally be minimised or avoided through good management. One of the considerations I feel is important is avoiding or minimising the use of shoes before a horse's feet have matured.

    Now I'll get back off my box & let y'all do what you feel is best for your horses! Just hopefully provided some food for thought. Cheers!
         
        08-14-2009, 07:06 AM
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    Originally Posted by loosie    
    If it's too dangerous to put a horse out without studs in winter, how's your young boy(& all those other horses the world over) survived till now??lol: <TIC>

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    We plow the lane way. The horses are lead down said laneway every morning and every night, to and from the barn. It turns into glare ice. The horses are fed from a feeder, all the snow is trampled down , again it turns to glare ice. Wild horses I assume don't eat in the same spot month after month or walk plowed laneways

    I lead 4 guys out daily and often lean on them for support but come this winter I will have studs of my own. My wife bought me a pair of clamp on studs like mountain climbers use for traction only not as aggressive.
         
        08-15-2009, 05:34 PM
      #16
    Trained
    If more people prepared thier horses the way the OP is doing there would be a lot less crippled horseshoers. Everyone should remember that training your horse to have his feet handled is YOUR responsibility not your farriers!
         

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