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Can I jump without shoes??

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  • Gaitflight

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    08-07-2008, 06:48 PM

Depend on footing and your horses feet
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    09-04-2008, 08:36 PM
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!
    09-19-2008, 10:45 PM
Yep, that's fine. My horse dosn't wear shoes and I do lots of jumping with him.
    10-12-2008, 12:22 AM
As long as those feet are nice and healthy than you're fine
My standardbred is going shoeless and is jumping just fine and trail riding on occasion. And he's a big boy 16.3 and his feet are extremely healthy, best in the barn =D
    10-21-2008, 06:14 PM
Green Broke
I never use shoes and I've never had a problem
    10-21-2008, 06:29 PM
It depends on the horse.
    10-28-2008, 07:30 PM
I have always jumped without shoes. But when i'm real showing heavy I use shoes
    10-29-2008, 01:31 PM
Being barefoot problems for my girls
    11-02-2008, 08:59 AM
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.
    11-03-2008, 03:44 AM
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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