I'm just trying to uderstand more about them. I know you put them on to help protect your horse's hind legs/joints when they go to, well, slide. But what do you do if you are doing other stuff with your horse? Like trail riding, some barrels, turnout, etc. Cause I imagine it's not very safe to have those slippery shoes on them doing other activities?
Slide plates are used in many other events from roping reined cow horse and even some cutters use them. What you are doing will perdict what size sliders you use. The wider and the larger the toe surfice the more slide you will get. If you want to do other events with your horse then you can put on baby sliders thinger sliders or turn a reg shoe over (this is not something I would personally do but know people who do).
I'd suggest changing sliders out for normal shoes when trail riding. If your trails are flat easy paths you may be fine with them on.
Turnout would depend on what your situation is. If it is the normal field type turnout it shouldn't be an issue. If you have tons of steep hills, big mud bogs that suck shoes off, very rocky ground or other large hard/slick surface areas in your turnout then maybe it won't work out. The bigger issue is other horses getting kicked by a horse with sliders on. Just like any horse with rear shoes, they can do some damage.
So, theoretically speaking, if you have some small sliders on but you are going to be doing some more intense trail ridnig, could you put some of those hoof boots over the shoes on the back?
I don't really know what the trail riding or turnout situation will be, because I am considering 3 different barns. 2 of which have flat grass/dirt runs, and I haven't seen the last one yet.
Can not say I have ever seen a set of boots that would fit over a set of sliders. They stick out too fare in the back.
As for turn out. I only turn my horses out by themselvse if the have sliders on. I have one mare out by her self right now. If the grass is wet they do not go out. Just have to keep an eye on them if they start running but for the most part if they are use to having them on they do fine. They know how to handle themselves most of the time. This is one things you need to use a lot of common sence on.
Yes. I just can not bear the thought of keeping a horse from being able to be out to pasture for at least 10-12 hours a day! If your horse is completely solid and finished, I suppose you could just remove the shoes when you aren't showing.
My reiners go out all day with sliders on. They just go out in there own area. Also it is f hard on them and their feet to keep putting them on and off. So if they are working and/or showing they need to be on. Once they are done for the year they get pulled.
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You could just use an easy boot or other show designed for the barefoot horse when you go out on the trails. It may be helpful also in protecting the hooves from the ever present stray rock or what not.
Agree with nrhareiner
You don't want to pull and reshoe more often than necessary to avoid damage to hoof. Sliders are no different than regular shoes in that regard. If you dont want to wait for a break in the show/training season You can time trail riding with regular farrier care and when it's time to reshoe, just take a break before resetting to go trail riding. But that does mean two trips for the farrier.
My Reiner is out on pasture daily. No problems with her being turned out. Its a grassy gentle rollling pasture. But she is pastured by herself. BM decided to put her in a group one day, which shouldn't have happened, and there was a scuff between mares. The other mare required stitches. Any horse with rear shoes poses more of a risk, but sliders can do more damage than a reg shoe if another horse is kicked by them.
Sliders don't fit like a reg shoe. They extend past the rear of the hoof. It would make finding/fitting a hoof boot very difficult. If its even possible.
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