Originally Posted by CLaPorte432
IMO, I would not trim her for reining if your going to be participating in other events. Putting sliders on the back feet isn't the greatest thing if your going to be jumping, and it could really hurt a horse's confidence. A walk, trot, canter etc, you probably won't notice a difference.
But, it's 4-H. It's not the NRHA. Sure you want to do great but I don't see the point for 4-H or local shows. Personally, I don't think the judges are going to care how long her slide is.
I wouldn't do it. I never saw anyone in 4-H with sliders on, nor do I see any at local shows I attend.
I also agree with this, but before I said it would or might effect anything else you do with your horse I wanted to ask my farrier.
I feel if she is bare foot now leave her bare foot.
I do not know how it is in your area but at our 4H shows the judges do not place the people that look like pro's....not that they dislike them but our 4H is mostly for the people that can not afford the big stuff......like in Pleasure they always say they aren't looking for the "peanut rollers" --> IDK if this is a term used every where.
So I would say leave her be and let her do what she can naturally.
Originally Posted by smrobs
I wouldn't put sliders on her either, especially if you are doing barrels too. That's pretty much a guarantee for her to fall with you going around a barrel.
I know reiners that barrel race their reinging horses that have sliders on that have no nor have had any issues with them while running.