Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Washington State
Why hello there! I'm a fellow Seattle area resident. When we got our pony, she was originally barefoot, but after a while it appeared that she was getting a little "ouchy" on the gravel and rocks. We decided to have her shod, and she's been shod regularly since. Granted, we haven't had any barefoot farriers, but that was our experience. I have been told that because good old western WA is as wet and muddy as it is, it tends to soften hooves and make them more tender. I could be wrong, but that's what I've heard. If you are a firm believer in barefooting it, boots may be necessary a bit more often. I'd also keep a fairly regular regime with picking out hooves, since they often get packed with wet mud which doesn't really do them much good and can set them up for thrush issues.
How are you liking Seattle so far? Wet? Well... a little bit snowy lately. Summers are pretty darn fantastic though. July and August are the best, and the somewhat dreary winters pay off for some brilliantly stunning green days. The trails are gorgeous, too. ;)
Last edited by Eolith; 02-10-2009 at 08:24 AM.