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    12-28-2009, 02:39 PM
Green Broke
Question SHOES Yes or Not yet?

My little mare has really good feet but I have really started working her alot more undersaddle,a nd will be hacking her out adn startingto show her in april, Do you think I should put front shoes on? She isnt tender but would it be better, I havea great farrier who doesnt cost that much to shoe so I wouldnt be really paying big bucks, as I did for my other are when I had her at a Hunter Jumper barn and shoes cost 180.00 each time, it just about killed me. Let me know what you think. THANKS!
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    12-28-2009, 02:51 PM
I would get shoes on now so that the hoof is in good shape when you start showing.
    12-28-2009, 02:56 PM
Green Broke
Okay thanks, just front ones? I wil talk to my trainer about it more, but I was thinking the same thing but if didnt have to spend the little extra then id be happy, I hada really easy keeper morgan cros mare who never needed shoes and I showed her for 4 years and she did just fine but with my TB I feel its different.
    12-28-2009, 02:59 PM
I know! Don't morgans have the greatest feet? I really have nothing to say about your decision,though. I like barefoot but some horses need shoes forever/for a while/for a season/for shows....... So just ask your trainer and take the advise from people on here!
    12-28-2009, 02:59 PM
I would say yes. It would be good to get her used to the farrier, and that way her feet stay in good shape for the show.
    12-28-2009, 04:59 PM
I wouldn't shoe inless the horse isn't sound without them...
    12-28-2009, 05:05 PM
I keep all my show horses shod all year around unless they are not being ridden. Takes to much to get the foot back then it dose to just leave the shoes on. Now when I am starting one back from being off I normally just put rear shoes on after a month or so of working then after about anouther month but fronts on sooner if needed.
    12-28-2009, 05:11 PM
Ask your farrier if she needs shoes. Most are honest and will give you the benefit of their knowledge.
    12-28-2009, 05:15 PM
Originally Posted by mls    
Ask your farrier if she needs shoes. Most are honest and will give you the benefit of their knowledge.
I agree. Personally I don't think any horse should "need" shoes unless a show association requires it.
    12-28-2009, 05:33 PM
Green Broke
Thanks everyone!

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