Can I jump without shoes??

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Can I jump without shoes??

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    07-23-2008, 12:53 AM
Can I jump without shoes??

Jubilee is currently shoeless because I did not think shoes were necessary anymore since I never ride on the road, only on soft ground. However, I just started jumping her and was wondering if its okay to jump without shoes? She doesn't show any tenderness at all. She has thin walls but she seems to be doing ok. Any suggestions??
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    07-23-2008, 01:30 AM
Most definitely! I prefer to have my horses unshod as well, and as long as the footing is good, you're good to go... of course you shouldn't be jumping in bad footing to start with... but...

Long answer short: yes, it is definitely okay to jump without shoes on your horse.
    07-23-2008, 05:30 AM
For sure!! :)
    07-23-2008, 08:12 AM
Sure I did it for years without having Chloe sore.
    07-23-2008, 12:42 PM
Ok, great! Thanks guys!!
    07-23-2008, 03:12 PM
That's fine! I jumped Lexi without shoes (she's barefoot)! ;)
    07-23-2008, 05:00 PM
Of course. I only have shoes cause when you are jumping a high height it helps with absorbing shock. But its not a problem really.
    07-23-2008, 05:52 PM
I would keep jumping her if her hooves are holding up! Just keep an eye on them for any cracks, chips, or splits which are signs that her hooves are taking a beating without her shoes.
    07-24-2008, 05:05 AM
Of course it is
We had a pony that is now jumping mini grand prix and has never been shod in her life!! She is currently winning at 1.10 amd is enjoying it and has only fell once at the HOY but otherwise jumps on grass excellently!!!
So don't worry
    07-30-2008, 04:46 PM
Yeah, it's absolutely fine!
I jumped my pony without shoes for years.

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