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  • Going barefoot horses still having trouble on gravle

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    03-17-2009, 06:24 PM
It's very individual what they can do and adapt to. I kept Crow barefoot for a long while on various grounds, but when I started riding him more I had to shoe him. He didn't get sore by the ground, but he wore his hooves down to the point that made him a bit sore. I didn't feel there was much point in trying to make his hooves adapt to the surface we ride on since he had been barefoot for years already. I like barefoot when it's possible tho.

Our draft has bad feet, if he goes barefoot he'll get sore on grass even. He's good with shoes tho.

Remember to pay attention to your horses feet even more if they're barefoot, especially before you know how much he can do. The hooves adapt some to the ground they walk on, but they can only do it so much and it takes time. So shoe him before he gets sore, if you notice that he wears the hooves down way more than they can grow, and be careful about how much pain he has to go through in order to toughen his hooves up on rough ground.. it's ok to some degree but not too much. :)

I know barefoot horses tht can do anything a shoed horse can, plus they don't slip on concrete as easily.
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    03-17-2009, 10:37 PM
Green Broke
Everything. He's been barefoot all his life. We did our medieval gaming and swordfighting shows, he goes on the trail we do horse soccer now.

We have some horses where I board that can't walk across the parking lot barefoot. It just depends on the horse.
    03-18-2009, 05:06 AM
My TB needs front shoes, he wears his hooves down not even being ridden (he's very active and has not-so-hard hooves I guess), but even barefoot he's not ouchy. None of my others wear shoes. I ride over some SUPER rough and rocky ground, and my driveway is gravel. No problems for my horses :) I show (h/j and/or driving) barefoot, as well.
    03-18-2009, 09:27 AM
We've always kept ours (TWH gelding and a Standard/QTR cross) barefoot. We've never had a problem with stone bruises or anything of that nature. Granted our terrain in OH was much different than what Painted Horses shows above.

Here's a link to some typical southern Ohio terrain pics
Paint Creek - scroll down the page and if you hover your cursur over the map points you'll see what we rode in.

    03-18-2009, 01:23 PM
My horse has never been shooed, I ride on gravle a LOT... we live on a gravle rode, and soon her hooves jst stoped hurting her... but I do have 4 other horses and they can't ride without shoes cauze there WIMPS!!! Lol.
    03-24-2009, 09:40 PM
The only horses that I had trouble with without shoes, are tennesee walkers, do fine on very long trail rides, ride about 5 miles down blacktop and their rear hooves will wear into the sole mainly at the heel, reason twers slide their back feet, they don't get sore but its not a good idea to ride more than a couple of miles on pavement, as for normally gaited horses have some that can be rode 20miles a week on pavement, wouldnt want to ride that far in one day, the only part of the hoof that wears on pavement on a normal horse is the toe will start wearing into the sole.
    03-24-2009, 11:09 PM

Well, I wouldnt ask any of them to walk across hot coals?
    03-26-2009, 03:06 PM
I've been thinking about this very thing for some time and following this thread.

Bobo is coming 12 and has always had on front shoes at least but I was planning on trying him barefoot. He is due in a week - any advise on what my farrier should be doing?
    03-26-2009, 05:07 PM
Originally Posted by iridehorses    
I've been thinking about this very thing for some time and following this thread.

Bobo is coming 12 and has always had on front shoes at least but I was planning on trying him barefoot. He is due in a week - any advise on what my farrier should be doing?
I would suggest not trimming (or very little) the soles at the start, especially at the toe. That's the biggest problem I've seen in the past.
    03-26-2009, 07:09 PM
Don't touch the soles.

Only trim the parts of the frog that have layed over where bacteria can be

Do trim the bars down just slightly lower than the hoof wall.

Trim any flares off the hoof wall. Make sure the hoof wall trimed short. Give the hoof wall a good Mustang Roll.

If you are going to go Barefoot, YOU WILL need to trim more often than you did with shoes. I take a rasp to my guys every 2-3 weeks. Of course if you ride a lot on hard terrain, your horses may self trim from the natural abrasion.

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