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post #11 of 20 Old 08-07-2008, 06:48 PM
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Depend on footing and your horses feet

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post #12 of 20 Old 09-04-2008, 08:36 PM
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My pony is barefoot and I have been eventing with year all last show season and she was fine, it is ok to jump w/o shoes!

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post #13 of 20 Old 09-19-2008, 10:45 PM
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Yep, thats fine. My horse dosn't wear shoes and I do lots of jumping with him.
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post #14 of 20 Old 10-12-2008, 12:22 AM
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As long as those feet are nice and healthy than youre fine
My standardbred is going shoeless and is jumping just fine and trail riding on occasion. and hes a big boy 16.3 and his feet are extremely healthy, best in the barn =D

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post #15 of 20 Old 10-21-2008, 06:14 PM
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I never use shoes and ive never had a problem
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post #16 of 20 Old 10-21-2008, 06:29 PM
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It depends on the horse.
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post #17 of 20 Old 10-28-2008, 07:30 PM
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i have always jumped without shoes. but when i'm real showing heavy i use shoes
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post #18 of 20 Old 10-29-2008, 01:31 PM
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being barefoot problems for my girls

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post #19 of 20 Old 11-02-2008, 08:59 AM
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I agree with what all have said, but I may be a bit biased. I feel that unless a horse NEEDS shoes or if they're being ridden on the road, they should be barefoot. My mini reasons for that is when a horse steps, everything is absorbed and felt by their frog. That's what keeps their blood flowing through their legs. When you put a shoe on a horse, the frog doesn't touch the ground. The result - the horse's legs feel like pins and needles all the time, like when your leg is asleep.

That's just my little spiel, haha. I'm just a firm believer in doing most things with horses the 'natural' way, but as I said above, if a horse needs to be shod, they should be all means be in order to keep their hooves and legs healthy.
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post #20 of 20 Old 11-03-2008, 03:44 AM
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Typically, we shoe horses for three basic reasons:

To protect the hoof (e.g., when wear exceeds growth)
To influence traction (by providing it or by taking it away)
To alter or enhance gait/flight

If you can't justify shoeing for one of these three reasons, your horse should likely go bare. I have a number of jumpers in my practice that are unshod, but they're typically not in the group that's campaigning and showing on a serious level.
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