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post #11 of 29 Old 07-28-2011, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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He was actually REALLY good once the farrier got his hoof up and picked it up with no resistance at all when asked. It was the farrier approaching him that caused the problems. I got there a wee bit later than I had wanted to (and the farrier was early lol) and my friend tried to halter Aires and bring the farrier into his stall so that the farrier could do his feet in the stall (somewhere that Aires was comfortable). Apparently right before I got there, the farrier tried to go in the stall and Aires actually reared up and almost hit his head on his shade.

My friend brought over some of her apple/carrot treats (which Aires loves), and they helped distract him from the farrier, but I don't like giving Aires treats like that because he's lippy anyway and he gets VERY pushy if you give him treats.

I've had just about every man at the stable try to approach Aires and he completely freaks out (even with me standing there trying to keep him calm) any time one of them approaches him. I seriously don't know what his deal is. He has NEVER been abused or anything.

However, that's all beside the point. lol I'm going to ask the BO today if he really does require every horse to be shod in order to go up the mountain.
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post #12 of 29 Old 07-28-2011, 04:20 PM
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There is a charity ride near me that requires shoes or boots. I will always go the boots - I'm not going to bang shoes on for one ride then have them pulled because I don't need them then wait for the nail holes to grow out. I just put boots on, and off they come after the ride.
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post #13 of 29 Old 07-28-2011, 10:55 PM
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I quit shoeing my horses 12-13yrs ago, my horse shoer is the on getting me into the natural hoof. It did take my 7yr old about a year for his feet to toughen up but my 3yr old who had only a single set of shoes on took to it like a duck to water.

I've ridden over all sorts of really rough terrain barefoot and the horses have come out the other side fine. The only thing they don't like barefoot is gravel roads. For that, a pair of boots for their front feet does wonders. Just keep a pair strapped to the saddle and put them if needed (just like a set of chains in the car).
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post #14 of 29 Old 07-29-2011, 08:14 AM
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How did the talk with the BO go?
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post #15 of 29 Old 07-29-2011, 08:49 AM
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I use boots, there are different styles so you need to study the easyboot site well to figure out what would be best for your horse. I boot for trails that are rocky for the horses that need it. They go barefoot on the barely rocky trails.

You might have the men who are around feed your horse from a bucket. You do need to address this issue as there will be men around at some point and you don't want anyone to be harmed.. If you can get the guy your horse likes best to help with this it would be great.

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post #16 of 29 Old 07-29-2011, 10:17 AM
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I don't like putting shoes on my horses. I had one mare back in '08 that I put shoes on, but it was corrective. She was walking on her soles. All my others have been barefoot and happy.

I don't like the way shoes constrict the hoof. I don't know very much about hooves, but the difference between my mustang mare's never-been-touched-by-shoes hooves & the QH horses that have had shoes on forever is very apparent. I have a good farrier (he worked the WEG) and he does a great job on her hooves.

If you're taking a walk on gravel every day though, I think boots would be best, since horses can still get stone bruised regardless of whether their wearing shoes or not.

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post #17 of 29 Old 07-30-2011, 04:29 PM
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We are strictly barefoot. We ride everything from dirt to rocks to sand to gravel. The only place Mr. Big doesn't like is a gravel road where the gravel is sitting on hard pack--that's the worst condition possible! But on rocky trails where it's just big rocks he's walking on, not problem.

In a week I'm taking him into the Wilderness Area in Central Idaho for a week and I've been told it's a very rocky area. I'll have boots for him, if needed, but only for his fronts. Earlier this week was the first time I've had to boot him in months--because of a gravel road, not anything on the trails I was riding.

Also keep in mind that not shoeing doesn't mean less expense. Someone still have to trim his/her feet regularly. We trim monthly, more or less. I think most people shoe every couple of months. The Mrs does the trimming for our horses with me sometimes helping but mostly me staying out of the way!

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post #18 of 29 Old 07-30-2011, 05:37 PM
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If shoes are required, it might be that the trail is extremely hard on bare feet. I have never been anywhere that shoes were required. If the trail is really rocky, it could damage your horse's hooves if you do it barefoot.

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post #19 of 29 Old 07-30-2011, 11:25 PM
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All 3 of my horses are barefoot, my arab/quarter(had him 13 years and only wore shoes for a short while, hasn't had them in years) an appaloosa who I got last june, he had a full set of shoes when I got him which i had pulled as soon as our farrier could come out, he is sound even on driveway gravel, and *gasp* a thoroughbred lol I got her last may and she came with front shoes which I had pulled the next day(good timing) She was 100% sound on everything until I moved her to a boarding stable and had a farrier who they used trim her, she's not very tender footed and I have to boot her for riding anywhere other then the indoor arena .
As long as you have a trimmer/farrier that knows how to trim a barefoot horse you shouldn't need shoes at all. If his foot shape isn't great from not being done a lot you may have to wait to get boots as they don't fit odd shaped hooves. I used the easyboot epics, it cost me 125 for both fronts. It does take some getting used to getting them on and taking them off but i'm getting the hang of it, i've only used them 6 times :) I hope that your BO doesn't require shoes, that is just crazy!
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post #20 of 29 Old 07-31-2011, 01:38 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind View Post
How did the talk with the BO go?
Sorry...completely forgot about this thread! lol

I talked to the BO and he said that it's NOT required, but he does generally recommend it for most horses. However, with as hard as Aires' feet are, he doesn't think we'll have any problems at all. He wasn't sure where my friend got that shoes are required by him to go up the mountain. I know she put shoes on her arab mare after her mare kept getting rocks stuck up in her bars (made her bleed at one point), but even the farrier said her mare has relatively soft feet for an arab.
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