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        02-14-2009, 11:41 AM
      #11
    Started
    One thing you've got to love is that we get so little snow that two to three inches is grounds for school closures. We have been getting more wacky weather lately... I'm not even going to start to speculate why.

    I'm familiar with several of the hikes you listed on your website. They're tons of fun! Have you ever hiked down to Snoqualmie Falls? That's gorgeous. There's another one that was my absolute favorite as a kid during the summers... Franklin Falls. We would go there and wade in the river and have all sorts of fun... though a bit on the cold side. ^_^ Franklin Falls isn't quite as massive as the Twin Falls or Snoqualmie Falls. It's really nice on a hot day because you get the slight misting from it as you're messing around near the river.

    *cough* To return to the topic of shoeing vs. barefoot... it's really up to you. There's lots of people who are die-hard "au natural" and may claim that shoeing is detrimental, but I think if you get a good farrier who knows what they're doing, you're just as likely to have a lame barefoot horse as a lame shod horse. I'm sort of a middle of the road type I guess. I could easily go either way depending on what I feel really works best with the specific horse in the specific circumstances. Oh, and if you ever get to the point that you're considering having your horses shod, I know of a few farriers around here.
         
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        02-14-2009, 03:54 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    WOW!!! - The trail pictures! I don't know if we'll have those kinds of trails in WA but I'm looking forward to finding out. Love your pics. Your terrain in so much more severe than what we're used to back in OH where we had mostly mud and creeks!
         
        02-14-2009, 04:04 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    Oops - I go so wrapped up with the trail pics I didn't read further down!

    Yes the snow. I vividly remember during the house hunting trips our realtor saying "it never snows in Seattle" than we get stuck over Christmas. Compared to OH I do much prefer it here though.

    Yes, we've been to Snoqualmie Falls it's very pretty. We actually live on the ridge just above the falls. I run the dog down almost to the falls everyday. A good friend mentioned Franklin Falls earlier this week, I'm going to find it next weekend I hope! Thanks for checking out the website!

    We're in middle of the same road as you. Would prefer not to shoe but not a die hard about it. I'll do what it takes to keep them comfortable and sound on the trails out here.

    BTW - I'm glad I found this forum - Thanks to everyone for their thoughts


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        02-14-2009, 08:27 PM
      #14
    Yearling
    Did you say 3" of snow will close school.
    It's an old picture I had to dig out. But you get the idea.


    I trim my own horses and have the farrier stop by once every 12 weeks or so to make sure I'm doing OK.

    Last fall we used the horses a lot for hunting. The canyon we had to ride up had washed out in a flash flood and was in very bad shape. The old loggin road that had been there for 70 years was now gone.


    Since we were up and down that trail daily while hunting. I tried some Sole Guard from Vettec. It's ureathan product that put on the bottom of the hoof. It offers some protection from the rocks. It stayed n place for about two weeks. And it was pretty wet weather during that period. My horses did great with it. No ouchie feet. And I didn't have to put on and take off boots. Give them a good trim and while the feet are clean & dry apply the Sole guard. It only lasted about two weeks. So it's kinda pricey to use all summer. But it worked well for me when I knew I would be working the horses a lot on bad trails for just a couple of weeks.

    As you can see this was pretty rocky and nasty trail



    But there is nothing quite like being on top of the mountain as the sun comes up.


         
        03-25-2009, 10:31 PM
      #15
    Foal
    Can't really help you much on the decision of barefoot vs. shod because my 3yo isn't out on the trails yet and you don't need shoes in a soft and cushy arena, but I agree with Eolith. It's hard to give advice when you don't actually know the horse. There's too many variables to account for. Maybe try waiting for summer and testing out the trails to see how your horses fare before you make the decision? Anyways, I just wanted to say "hi" to fellow Washingtonians. I'm about 40 miles north of Seattle.
         
        03-26-2009, 02:56 AM
      #16
    Yearling
    Painted Horse, those are amazing photos. You got more info of that snow pic? How much snow was it, looks like 12 or more feet!!! Where was it at and when was it?
         
        03-26-2009, 07:19 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    I owned that black truck back in 1980 - 1981. So it had to be one of those two years. It was along side the road where the snow plows had kept the road cleared all winter. So nobody dug through that much snow all at once. They probably cleared 2-3 feet every storm. So the road stayed open but the snow along the side of the road piled up.

    It was up near one of the ski resort if I remember right. We get a lot of snow here at home, but it melts off between storms and never accumulates like that, So it had to be at a higher elevation. Alta and some of the other Utah resorts boast about getting at 500 inches of snow each year and everybody remembers the years when they get 800+ inches. So even with the melting and compressing of snow weight you could have 10-12 feet of snow still hanging around in late March.
         
        03-30-2009, 04:55 AM
      #18
    Yearling
    Wow, that is alot of snow and I love the old pic! Thanks for the info on it
         

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