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kathryn 01-20-2009 05:39 PM

Pick Out Feet Without Shoes?
So I know it is very very important to pick out feet with shoes. But almost all the horses at my barn don't have back shoes. Do you still need to pick those out? Because a lot of the horses are very anti-picking up their back feet, so usually i just get it a few inches off the ground, and reach under with the hoof brush and try to get as many swipes in there as possible before I lose my grip and they slam their hoof down. Do I need to do a better job on their back feet? I usually get most of it out doing it the way I do it now, but do I need to make positive I get it all?

lizzie_magic 01-20-2009 05:53 PM

Yes, even if your horse doesn't have shoes it is very important to properly clean out all of the horses hooves, if you are not confident doing this, why don't you ask your instructor or a more experianced person to help you until you are more comfortable with it.

kathryn 01-20-2009 05:57 PM

I used to be perfectly comfortable with it, but when I started riding again, I never really forced myself to do it, and was a little nervous. I'm sure I'll be fine when I force myself to do it once. Thanks!

Lucara 01-20-2009 07:07 PM

Oh yeah! Lol Samson never had shoes (thank God) but I know once he got a big chunk of plastic stuck in there from the field. =/

PoptartShop 01-20-2009 07:08 PM

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Yeah, it's still important that you pick out if needed, or at least check them. :) I've always gone barefoot, & still always picked out the hooves. It's still important regardless. :)

LMW 01-20-2009 07:48 PM

Yeah you still should pick out their feet. One becasue you still can get stuff in there that make them uncomfortable and two because it gets them used to people handleing their feet so when the farrier comes they dont have any problem with it

Ne0n Zero 01-20-2009 08:00 PM

Yes; dirt and muck loves to get lodged in that nice groove between the frog and the sole of the hoof, and can get quite moist and thrushy if not cleaned out.

Also little rocks can bury themselves unseen in said dirt and muck and can cause discomfort to the horse if left there.

upnover 01-20-2009 11:56 PM

yes! it is very important. They can still get stuff lodged in there (sticks, rocks, etc) and not picking out feet can lead to thrush and other related problems.

i've known a lot of horses that don't like to hold their legs up and have learned that if they yank their feet away, don't have to do it. the key is to be firm and do NOT let go! this of course takes a bit of experience to know how to do safely. but generally if they realize that yanking their feet away doesn't do anything they'll quit.

kershkova 01-23-2009 03:37 PM

Thats a big no no to not pick out feet with or without feet.

ditzydoo 01-23-2009 08:09 PM

none of our horses have shoes atm and we always pick them out just in case . .
but we also do it so is easier for the farrier when he comes so they are used to picking up there feet and dont try to slam it down while their half way through putting the shoe on or so on. . .

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