shoes or no shoes.
i dont know if i should pull my horses shoes on the front hooves. he seems to loose them more in the summer when it dry, but it seems that i can put all the hoof polish on and he will still loose it, and it always the same one. so i guess i want to know how many of your horses had shoes on and you pulled them and they were fine. and how many of your horses dont have shoes.
I have 8 ( mini to 16.2 hunter ) and none of them are shod. My first horse in the UK also went unshod for at least 10 years, before that she was shod but I felt it was unnecessary.
I have 4 horses all are without shoes. I am a believer of the natural barefoot horse, different than just barefoot, google mustang roll and Pete Ramey. Read the book and you will never shoe a horse again. I have seen it cure my horse who was constantly lame from abcesses and a quarter crack. At first they might be ouchy, think my nail got cut to short and that tender skin is not yet use to regular contact. Your horse will be much happier and healthier in the long run. The mustang roll is different than just a barefoot trim. Good luck!
I don't keep shoes on ever. We ride on pavement, gravel, sand, dirt, wherever and whatever. He's got some pretty healthy feet. I recommend researching Pete Ramey.
I rode my MFT/Morgan mix for five years barefoot, he was never lame a single day. That horse had feet like iron. My sis's QH has to go barefoot for the winter because of our insane winter climate (Bring on the global warming, lol), and he beats his feet to nubbins walking from his stall to the crossties and back. He gets shoes as soon as the farrier thinks it's safe for him to wear them, so he still has hoof to nail to. My new guy has better feet than his barnmate, and we gave barefoot a try with him after his first trim this summer on the recommendation of our farrier, but he seems a bit tender-footed in the arena. I hate to, but he may get shoes in some form or configuration, maybe just on the fronts. My grandma leaves both of hers barefoot, but they're pasture ornaments. Her mare has foundered a few times (really long story), and dispite some rough times, her now unshod feet look great. I'm a fan of leaving horses barefoot if at all possible, but my sister's gelding has taught me that some horses just need shoes. Give it a try, and if he seems okay, keep it going. I'll have to do some research on Pete Ramey myself.
I have 5 horse's non have shoes. I'm fairly new to the barefoot world myself. My one horse who had shoes his whole life is now 28 yrs old. I took his shoes off last Aug. He is doing so awesome! I can't believe the transformation. I just took new photos today to compare them to his origional photos. It's truely amazing. I will never put shoes on another horse again. I do use boots on him when riding, but when he's tunred out and in his stall he's fine. I've been studing through Ove Lind founder of www.swedishhoofschool.com
Patiences is the key.
The decision of putting shoes on or not will be affected by a lot of things. What are you wanting to do with the horse? does he/she have feet problems or need a hoof correction that requires shoes?
Generally speaking, I think having a horse go barefoot is always better than throwing on shoes. By allowing to stay barefoot, you allow them to grow a strong sturdy foot. It's also a safety issue for other horses as well as people. A bit less danger getting a hit by a horse that is barefoot.
From an expense point of view to, you are going to save yourself a lot more money if you keep your horse barefoot.
I keep my 2 barefoot and have boots for the fronts for the rough rides. However I also know if the horse wears out too much of hoof (because of work or possibly conformation) you have to keep shoes on. Frankly, I'd give it a try and see.
My mare is shod as long as I am able to ride her consistently, because she has very tender feet. If your horse does not NEED shoes, then don't put them on. If he moves well on various types of footing barefoot, there is no reason to shoe him.
Amen, kitten Val and riccil0ve!!!
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