Shoes,boots or barefoot - Page 2 - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 25 Old 04-23-2012, 11:09 PM
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Northern Utah
Posts: 1,298
• Horses: 4
The type of rock you ride on will make a huge difference in whether shoes are needed or slippery.

Steels shoes are very slippery on granite rock. I'd rather be barfoot when crossing large granite slabs than have steel shoes on. Borium or drilltec does wonders to help prevent those shoes from slipping on granite.

Aluminum shoes are soft and really grippy on granite. They are great if you ride a lot of granite slabs. But they wear fast.

The Polyurethane plastic shoes also have good grip on granite.

On sandstone, I find my barefoot horses slipping and sliding . Steel shoes bite into the soft sandstone and give better traction than being barefoot.

Boots work, But they are expensive, You will loose the occasional boot if you bushwack thru rough tangles of trees/shrubs. In very abrasive materials like sandstone, I find the boots wear out pretty fast. If you are riding down a clear trail or gravel road, they work great.

Barefoot horses need to be trimmed on a much more frequent basis. Probably every 2-3 weeks during the riding season. If you let the hoof wall get long, it will pry back and cause pain as dirt packs into the dirt groove and white line
FlyGap likes this.
Painted Horse is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #12 of 25 Old 04-24-2012, 03:37 AM
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Ohio USA
Posts: 441
• Horses: 2
Our walkers have shoes with borium, and they gait just fine. The farrier puts the borium on on-site when he puts a new set of shoes on, and he is. . .generous with it. It's nice to have for those trails that get a little more goat-y and the horses end up scrambling over boulders, up banks and sliding down greasy hills.

As I said in another thread, boots work better for some terrain types than others. If you're in an area like me be prepared to lose your boots or do a lot of dismounting and remounting to retrieve them.

The ground is muddy almost year-round in some areas and it will just suck the boot right off the foot. But, on the very same trail, you may find yourself on good dirt footing, or gravel, or flat solid stone.

The only people I know (locally) who do the barefoot/boot method successfully are people who only go out for an hour or two, once a week, at a dog-walk, and only if the weather is nice and the trails are all dry and clear.

I don't doubt that some people in other regions and climates have a lot of success with the barefoot/boot methods, and I'm happy for them that it works for them in their situation.

"Parelli horsemanship is just like painting by the numbers. You need absolutely no skill. You just put this color here and this color there, and when you're done, you have ... a mess no one wants." mp
Jolly Badger is offline  
post #13 of 25 Old 04-24-2012, 10:08 PM
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Cooksburgh, PA
Posts: 761
• Horses: 1
Borium on the shoes keeps them from slipping on asphalt when I need to ride on the road. I prefer barefoot for 3 day trail rides I like to keep my horse protected since I don't know the trail until I get there.
Spirit Lifter is offline  
post #14 of 25 Old 04-24-2012, 10:15 PM
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 504
• Horses: 0
My horses are barefoot all the time, I ride in creeks and I would trust their hooves over metal in some of the creeks I've been in. JMO We got a gelding whose hooves looked terrible and we noticed he was tenderfooted so we got him boots for his front hooves, which he did really well in. After about a year we stopped using the boots, and we never had to use them again. Our farrier told us it takes at least a year to get a horses hooves in shape barring any deepeer issues.
chandra1313 is offline  
post #15 of 25 Old 04-25-2012, 01:35 PM
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Ohio
Posts: 281
• Horses: 2
I shoe my horses, never have tired boots. But the trails I ride in vary so much, from 3 foot deeps creeks, to gravel, to rocks, to knee deep mud, all this while going up and down mountains. often times, you see other riders always back tracking looking for boots they lost. We rarely lose shoes, if put on right. We also use boruim. Have been thinking of boots while my horse heals n crack.

Extreme Trail Rider and Barrel Racer.
King - 11 year old Tennessee Walker Gelding
Sassie- 7 Year old Appaloosa Mare
Spotted Image is offline  
post #16 of 25 Old 04-25-2012, 01:45 PM
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 1,689
• Horses: 0
Originally Posted by chandra1313 View Post
My horses are barefoot all the time, I ride in creeks and I would trust their hooves over metal in some of the creeks I've been in.
That's what Borium is for.
mildot is offline  
post #17 of 25 Old 04-25-2012, 04:02 PM
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: USA
Posts: 89
• Horses: 0
My horse goes barefoot year round (and always have), but I don't really ride on any rough terrain and am not planning too, so shoeing isn't really a problem.
Blaze is offline  
post #18 of 25 Old 04-25-2012, 05:06 PM
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 1
• Horses: 0
Lightbulb Monty my Haflinger...

is going through the same thing..I am determined to leave him barefoot. The poor guy had really contracted heels when I got him home in Dec 2011. so,I'm looking at Eastboot..they have new trail type boots. Hope this helps...Bella.
Originally Posted by Diegosmom View Post
Just curious what some of you do for your horses feet. I have shoes on my boy right now and he slips alot. I tried to go barefoot once and he got an infection in one of his frogs. I'm guessing because he has been shod his whole life and then I come along and take the shoes off and he may have sensitive soles to do no exposure. I don't know. I wOuld love to go bare foot seeing that there is no really rough terrain here. But I'm scared to Seth to take him across a creek bed for fear that he will slip.
BellaBowes is offline  
post #19 of 25 Old 04-25-2012, 05:36 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Seminole, OK
Posts: 1,854
• Horses: 3
I'm keeping my girl barefoot. I'm just a backyard rider - the once in a great while trail rider. I've ridden her down our gravel road with nary a problem, but the gravel is pretty small. I do make sure I clean her feet out good when the ride is over. The trails at Prague Lake, where I ride, are pretty sandy, with a few areas of broken up sandstone. Haven't had any issues, but I'm also not ready for anything more challenging, either.

Plain Old Dee, horses Dancer and Rain

I believe in dragons, unicorns, good men and other mythical creatures!
dee is offline  
post #20 of 25 Old 04-25-2012, 06:18 PM
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 1,689
• Horses: 0
Originally Posted by BellaBowes View Post
is going through the same thing..I am determined to leave him barefoot. The poor guy had really contracted heels when I got him home in Dec 2011. so,I'm looking at Eastboot..they have new trail type boots. Hope this helps...Bella.
Why not just do what is best for the horse regardless of one's personal biases?

If he goes better shod, shoe him! If he goes better barefoot (which doesn't sound like it) then do that.
mildot is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Barefoot v. Shoes jillybean19 Endurance Riding 4 04-11-2012 08:55 PM
shoes vs barefoot triggetpony Horse Health 16 06-30-2011 04:13 PM
Shoes vs. Barefoot White Foot Horse Health 36 07-04-2009 02:29 PM
Going from shoes to barefoot appylover31803 Horse Health 8 06-09-2009 01:11 PM
Barefoot or Shoes???? hanse004 Horse Health 29 05-28-2007 10:28 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome