what type of shoes to use?

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what type of shoes to use?

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    06-06-2010, 10:48 PM
Talking what type of shoes to use?

I have a question on shoeing my mare im geting into stock horse shows with her and will be doing rening, and cow work. She will slide 3 feet now bearfoot but im also going to be doing barrels on her I know I have been told a lot that I shouldint run her in barrels as well and that it will make her hot but I pride myself in having horses that are calm and controlible in the ally but can still burn the barn down win asked and then calmly drop there head and walk out whin done. So what type of shoes would you recomend her having or should I just leave her bearfoot? Im not realy looking for a big stop altho I think she would do it. We have only been doing this since Jan. She's a 6 year old paint mare so were also not doing any furturity type stuff.
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    06-06-2010, 11:28 PM
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I'm not really sure. Mostly responding to bump it up. I would assume front shoes in alluminum? Not sure...
    06-07-2010, 01:58 AM
Green Broke
I would leave her barefoot... If you had sliders on and ran barrels I think she could get seriously hurt. But that's just a guess, don't go on my judgement, haha
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    06-07-2010, 02:35 AM
I always opt for barefoot, if it works for the horse! Also would agree that barrels and sliders could be ugly. . .
    06-07-2010, 11:57 AM
Barefoot. Sliders would make it very slippery for your horse going around barrels.
    06-07-2010, 12:19 PM
If you are goin to be doin both.. I'd leave her barefoot.
But that being said. I just recectly had my filly shod to prepare her for reining. I have sliders on the back and half rounds on the front. And with these shoes I have worked cows and had her shown in english. BUT.. these are both arenas with DEEP footing... the clay foundation is approx. 6-8 inches below the top dirt in each arena.
    06-07-2010, 02:45 PM
She has been barefoof all her life so yes she has good feet and she turns the barrel like a spin kinda well half spin on the back side of the barrel but a very tight turn.
    06-07-2010, 03:23 PM
Barefoot for sure.
    06-07-2010, 06:40 PM
If you did opt for shoes, I would probably not put sliders on her back feet anyway, just standard shoes. A horse can still lay down a nice set of 11s with regular shoes if they are stopping correctly.
    06-07-2010, 09:02 PM
Agree on the barefoot

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