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Had a little talk with my farrier.
So we recently switched farriers because under the one we used previously, Selena's overreaching problem got worse and worse, shoes were being lost, the quality of even just trims was not there. We switched to this new guy who lives closer to us, and WOW.
He came and watched us run barrels and he pulled me aside after the run. He asked me what she felt like going into the turn. Smooth, bumpy, whatever. I said when she rates she sometimes gets bouncy. He asked me what my plans were for shoeing her for state, since I made it in reining and am on the bubble in figure 8 and horsemanship. I said I wasn't sure. I wanted to put sliders on but I didn't want to game in sliders if I made it in figure 8.
I expected him to agree with me, but instead he says "Why not?"
Everything I've ever thought is that full sliders on a gaming horse is nothing but bad news. I expected maybe a 3/4 slider. Nope, he told me based on the run I just made and the way she works the reining patterns that he's seen, he wants to put full sliders on. He pointed out his other clients who he also has using full sliders, and those who have 3/4, and those who don't. He says horses who are rough going into the turn can be smoothed out with sliders.
So we are putting sliders on her right before the third meet in a couple weeks. After watching the results on the horses he's shod, I have no reason to doubt him, and it makes sense how he's explained it. The man has shod for the most credible trainers in the area, president of the farrier's association, is an instructor...I can't believe I took so long to switch. Selena has already stopped overreaching almost immediately. I can't wait to see how she goes in her new shiny sliders.
Just kinda sharing, haha~ I never would of thought of it that way before.
I would have never thought that having sliders on for gaming would be a good idea either. Granted, some horses do seem to be able to "slide around a barrel".
Of course I know next to nothing about shoes because I've never had the need to shoe my horses. So it's nice that I have a great farrier who knows about barrel racing and we are going to do some shoes later this year, or next year, for the purpose of traction. ...... which would NOT be sliders in my case!!
Be interesting to hear how it works out.
Yup keep us updated! I'm interested too! Also if your footing is a little deeper she could probably handle a run in sliders;)
Hum, interested in hearing how it works out for you.
At the old barn I rode at, they had sliders on almost all the barrel horses. They had awful ground there and that was how they got around their turns. There was one of my friend's mare, she would really slide around her turns. You'd better be sitting deep and hanging on or you were shot off like a rocket! Haha! She was amazingly fast and she started winning and placing alot around the time I left.
Yep yep! Super excited for this one. Maybe it won't feel like I'm riding a jack hammer every time I ask her to rate going into the turn. She also stops 100% better in sliders so for our reining pattern this will do wonders.
I have heard of putting a trailer on to help balance and/or countersunk nail heads so they can slide a little, but not a full out slider plate, interesting.
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