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post #11 of 33 Old 07-05-2009, 01:45 PM
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also, if you haven't had time to give him much prep and you haven't shown him at this height, why don't you just show at a smaller height?
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post #12 of 33 Old 07-05-2009, 01:47 PM
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As I mentioned above, Sandie has always been barefoot...and I jump Sandie indoors and out with no shoes...just make sure you watch for signs of tenderness and always rely on your farrier's help too!

Jumping 2' today with barefoot Sandie (or 2'3" I don't know, I can never tell, they all look big to little Sandie and I since she's only 14.1!)

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Because before we had his shoes taken off I was easily jumping 2'6-2'9 (his previous owners were jumping him up to 3'9, it's mostly my insecurities as a rider that we're not going farther) and I don't particularly want to go back to the 2 foot max novice cross polls... mostly because we're starting the 'bigger' shows with him, and I want to get the experience down before we move on.

Anyway, the farrier is coming out tomorrow! So I'll get his opinion and possibly get his shoes back on... It's summer now and we're a five minute ride from the trails so I can see a lot of that happening! So I'd like to give him a bit of extra protection.
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I didn't realize Sandie was only 14.1hh. So she wears pony tack then? I could only imagine her small head, what size of bridle does she wear? What breed is she?

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I jump Gonzo barefoot, up to 2'0. He can't go very high just yet but he hasn't been lame at all since he began jumping! =]

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I am not a jumper but in my mind, jumping barefoot should actually be better for them (providing that their feet are in good shape). A hoof is designed to expand and contract to cushion the force of the horse's gait, jumping is no different. A steel shoe contracts the foot and doesn't allow it to absorb shock like it naturally would. My using horses all have shoes right now because they are ridden often on rocky ground and concrete but in the winter they are all barefoot. When I was actually doing a bit of "play" jumping, Denny was barefoot and never took a lame step. At one point, I think we got up to about 3'.

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post #17 of 33 Old 07-05-2009, 06:41 PM
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I didn't realize Sandie was only 14.1hh. So she wears pony tack then? I could only imagine her small head, what size of bridle does she wear? What breed is she?
haha yeah, the pics are deceiving because I'm only 5'1" myself, so I make her look bigger than she is! She's 14.1hh, and wears a cob bridle...I got her a horse bridle once and tried to put it on her, it was a LAUGH lol...fell off her poor little face the rest of her tack (saddle pad, etc) is horse, but her face is just small so she wears a cob bridle/small horse halters.

As far as breed goes, she's a registered Paint (solid Paint), all overo's on the sire's side and QH's on the dam's.

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post #18 of 33 Old 07-05-2009, 06:45 PM
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MIEventer, speaking of Sandie's size, check out the middle of this video when she's cantering in a circle...you can see the size difference between the horses on the other side of the fence and Sandie! Lol

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post #19 of 33 Old 07-05-2009, 08:52 PM
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Unless your horse is off/sore without shoes, has a problem that needs to be corrected with shoes, or you are doing like eventing at the upper level and need studs, shoes are not necessary regardless of height. My sister evented her irish sport horses through preliminary eventing (3'7") barefoot for quite a while and he did really good. She put shoes on him as she realized she needed studs.
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I don't think any of the schooling horses at my barn have shoes on, and they are all healthy and sound. They are jumped up to like 3ft probably, maybe a little higher on some. They are ridden in a sand arena though, although we take them out on hacks sometimes too. I think it helps that the barn owner is also a farrier though, all the horses hooves are well looked after!
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