My youngest horse is about three and a half years old... I don't ride him too often, and I haven't been riding hardly at all recently, but come Fall and the 'warmer' days of this Winter, I'm planning on working with him a lot more. He doesn't mind riding/walking on gravel and pavement, but he lives in a soft, grassy pasture... I don't want to hurt him accidentally by making him walk on areas that he's not used to without some form of protection. He doesn't mind walking on hard surfaces, but he doesn't like it too much and tries his best to stay in the grass.
I just use him for trail-rides and pleasure-rides... Sometimes we can be gone all day and sometimes we can be gone only fifteen minutes or so. I usually ride him about once or twice a week when I am working him... but this Fall/Winter I want to ride him at least three, maybe four times a week.
Should I go ahead and get him shod this mid-August/Spetember? Or should I wait until he's older?
Also, how shall I go about making sure he's ready for his first shoeing? He's just fine for me to trim his hooves, but the last time my farrier came out and looked at his hooves, my boy gave him some trouble with not wanting to pck his legs up and kinda kicked out a bit... I'm not really sure how to fix it, since he's really good for me to do anything with his hooves.
I don't think you need to worry about shoes. Personally, hoof boots work great! Put them on when you need them, take them off when done. Your horse's feet get the protection they need, and you get to save the money you would end up spending on resets on the shoes.
I'd like to have a pair of hoof boots, but right now, it's cheaper for me to afford shoes. I know that the boots are cheaper in the long run, but in the short run (which is what i'm on at the moment, lol) the shoes are cheaper... if that makes sense.
What you said does make sense lol! What has your farrier recommended?
My farrier charges 50 to 55 dollars for shoeing. Considering I only shoe my horses about four times a year now, it's cheaper for me.
Boots in my area are around $130-$180 a pair. I agree with the saving part.
Talk to your farrier, find out what he/she recommends and then go from there.
My horses are all barefoot and they are all sound and happy. Plus, your horse is only 3 1/2. He still has some growing to do. Putting a shoe on a hoof with a coffin bone that hasn't come to full growth, is only going to hinder him in the long run.
That's another reason I'm iffy about shoeing him right now... I want to wait until I know he's done growing in the hoof area... his hooves are already much bigger than my 15 year old mare's hooves... lol... but they're still growing...
How long does the hoof boots last? I don't want to buy them and they only last me a few months...
How long does a boot last? Well it will depend on the type of riding you do. I still have easy boots I bought over 15 yrs ago. I do not use them terribly often. I have since bought a pair of Cavello simple boots and a pair of Boa boots. The cavello's were about $120 a pair, they are very round and fit a round hoof. The Boa's were closer to $180. a pair, I think. I may have gotten those on sale and paid less, I forget.. I've used them for 2+ years now. They fit a narrower/longer hoof. That would be my poor Abe who was shod for showing most of his young life, thus he has narrow feet due to the shoes inhibiting his coffin bone from widening. Some boots are closer to $50. and $75. per boot.. Go to the easycare site and take a good tour. Dif boots for dif feet and dif types of riding. There is a boot there that will work for your horse.. Heck, even if they lasted only a year they'd still be worth it to me.
How does shoeing a horse before he is full grown hurt him? My guys are always shod as soon as they are started. My guy has gone up a shoe size in the last 6 months.
Properly shod it does no damage
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