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horseymad 08-01-2011 12:50 PM

should i shoe my horse?
 
My horse has never worn shoes for the 11 years of her life but on all websites i read they say horse should. She seems quite happy with out them but im still not sure what to do please help:?

Domino13011 08-01-2011 12:58 PM

If she has never had shoes and doesn't need them, I defiantly wouldn't get them.

horseymad 08-01-2011 01:19 PM

ok thx for helping me because i wasnt sure

horseymad 08-01-2011 01:20 PM

ok!thanks for helping me

Alwaysbehind 08-01-2011 01:24 PM

Why fix what is not broken.


Be interested in some links to "all websites i read they say horse should" since I have never ran into a sight that says anything close to that.

Ray MacDonald 08-01-2011 01:34 PM

I think it all depends on what you are doing with your horse?

DejaVu 08-01-2011 03:21 PM

If her hooves are in good condition, and handle whatever she's doing already without, then by no means does she need shoes.

All five of mine are barefoot. My gelding trips horribly with shoes. For that, he can't have them on for any amount of harder work, and thankfully his hooves are strong enough to handle it.

The only times he's had shoes on, is when we travel into a rockier terrain and I don't want his hooves to chip, or if it's raining a lot, and his hoof wall starts cracking. Otherwise, he moves his best without. Why spend the extra money anyways if they don't need them?

Rowdy Girl 08-01-2011 03:41 PM

Why are you thinking of changing from Bare to Shod ? just because someone else does, does not mean you need to as well..... only 3 of my horse's are shod and the other 3 have wonderful hard, wear them down evenly hoof's. JMO 2cent's ...

Amy Wathke 08-01-2011 03:59 PM

Horses who are heavily competing on show circuits or have to deal with really rough terrain (lot's of road work) are pushed to have shoes on so it prevents hooves from wear, tear and breakage as well as supporting and securing horses on their feet (corks, studs etc). If your horse has never had shoes on and if completely sound i wouldn't suggest getting shoes put on. If your horse isn't chipping and has a proper bare foot job done, it should be happy enough without.

DustyDiamond 08-01-2011 04:03 PM

I agree with everyone else. If your horse hasn't ever worn shoes there is no point in putting them on now and there is no point in spending money on something your horse doesn't need.


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