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post #11 of 18 Old 02-24-2012, 11:29 PM
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I would just keep it all even and balanced, your just doing small local shows and 4H....you do not need anything fancy.
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post #12 of 18 Old 02-26-2012, 10:50 AM
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First that is no differance in triming a horse for reining then any other event. The only difference will be sliders and for just 4H I would not spend the money on putting sliders on the horse.

You will just need to be very careful how you as the horse to stop. I would not ask for a sliding stop with out sliders on. You will only mess up your horse long term.

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You can do both. I did double duty with my reining mare when I was showing youth. She did reining, hunt seat, jumped, speed events. My farrier made screw in cleats for her sliding plates that could be put in for jumping/speed events and taken out for reining. Had I been showing 4-H only, I don't know that my parents would have bothered, but I hauled her AQHA also.

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You can do both. I did double duty with my reining mare when I was showing youth. She did reining, hunt seat, jumped, speed events. My farrier made screw in cleats for her sliding plates that could be put in for jumping/speed events and taken out for reining. Had I been showing 4-H only, I don't know that my parents would have bothered, but I hauled her AQHA also.
I actually asked someone about this recently, and was basically laughed at. I am actually unable to leave sliders on my guy once I bring him back to NY for the summer, since we ride on grass and he is turned out at night. My suggestion was something like the studs they use in eventing. Now I know it can be done! That way I could continue to practice when I take him to the ring we have access to......thanks!

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I actually asked someone about this recently, and was basically laughed at. I am actually unable to leave sliders on my guy once I bring him back to NY for the summer, since we ride on grass and he is turned out at night. My suggestion was something like the studs they use in eventing. Now I know it can be done! That way I could continue to practice when I take him to the ring we have access to......thanks!
Definitely can be done. Our farrier customed them, don't know if they pre-manufacture them. He had the cleats (I'm assuming for eventers?) and then created the threads in the sliders.

They were great. It allowed her to be out on pasture as well, though we separated her from the herd so she didn't tear up the others. (she was the boss then & still is at 24 lol!) I will say at that point, I couldn't get them out by myself (I was 14ish) they were pretty tough. There's a box of sliders in my tack room, I'll have a look and see if maybe they are still around to get a pic for you. They looked almost like a hex bolt with a point/grass cleat in the center.

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I am not a shoer but I will throw in my two cents...

4H must of changed in the last 20-25 years since I was in it if you need sliders to be competitive! lol!

Yes, guys will roll the toe, basically what it does is make the foot similar to a ski so it can push through the ground better during a slide. My husband refused to do this on my horse because he was used for other things, if he pulls that shoe off that leaves that toe exposed without the protection of the shoe and he could become sore. But of course that depends on how much he takes off to roll the toe.

I have seen some reiners with a lower angle in the hind feet, it makes the toe look long and if I had to guess the theory would be that it makes more surface to slide on, I am not sure, just speculating. I think it looks ugly and unbalanced.

You probably don't need a full fledged slide plate, which your horse may not be ready for. Where ever I worked horses wore shoes appropriate to their sliding ability. And we did the opposite as most, on the young horses, we didn't shoe the fronts only the hinds. This was to help the horse realize that stopping with his weight on the hind was better than the front.

Since you do multiple events you could do a plain shoe with the heels turned out to help balance your horse in his stops. Some barrel racers do this as well. I am not sure about jumping though if it would help or hinder.

Also turnout is going to be a factor, you don't want a slider with a long trailer when a horse is turned out. They can slip and fall very easily and the trailer can get caught on something and they rip them off. Again you might be able to get away with a shoe with a little left out behind. If he is stalled then it shouldn't be a problem.

I think the best would be to talk to your shoer about all the events you do and come up with a plan best suited to meet your horses needs. Good Luck!

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I was going to make the same comment as Cowchick. I would shoe the back before the front as only shoeing the front can lead to a front heavy horse because the hinds can get a little tender and they won't be comfortable stopping hard on thier hinds.
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