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post #31 of 34 Old 02-16-2015, 03:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Clava View Post
Yes there are studs for boots but I don't believe you can event in them and I don't like the amount of torque they put on the joints.
Interesting. I'm fairly new to all this. If I'm understanding you, studs are needed for some eventing where boots are not allowed? If so, I'm betting boots will become allowed as the years pass.

Originally Posted by Smilie View Post
I won`t ride with boots in the mountains, that aren`t studded.
All hoofboots that I have tried , and that is quite a list!, get about zero traction, once mud gets packed onto that sole, and if you try to climb a steep slippery slope, it becomes plain dangerous!

Interesting #2. I may think about studs for the fronts. I was following two riders up a very very steep and very very muddy slope a while back and Hondo felt like a motorcycle spinning up a hill. He has Renegades on the front now but when they are worn out he will get gloves on the front which he has on the hinds now.

Hondo is at about the 6 month point in transition since his shoes were pulled. I can ride him barefoot on hard gravely surfaces now without any discomfort by him. But if he throws a boot working in the rocks, he gets some pretty large chips in his quarters. I've become pretty adept at jumping off, unstrapping his gloves, and putting them back on with a rock. Actually only his right hind. He would twist of the Renegade also on just the right hind. I put a power strap on and it helped but he still got out of it once on the last two roundups. I bought some athletic tape but haven't done a roundup since. But the boot really comes off harder so I'm expecting success.

About the mustangs. They say they average 20 miles per day grazing. I spent 3-4 months camping in the Pinenut Mountains East of Carson City, Nevada during the summer months for four years. I did a lot of hiking and saw and watched several wild herds. They grazed over all terrain at a very slow walk. If alarmed enough to clear an area, they always used trails that had been developed from their travels.

I spent a lot of time watching their behavior and trying to get as close as I could. From what I saw and from my experiences with Hondo charging through what might as well be fields of cut up chunks of angular steel with sharp edges, I question whether a wild mustang could spend very much time running through that stuff without damage. I think they'd need boots or shoes.

That said, I'm a newbie that just got here. (but i'm learning!)
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post #32 of 34 Old 02-16-2015, 03:26 PM
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Yes, as far as I'm aware many eventers use studs for xc, jumping on grass etc, they worry about slipping, but I do know of people eventing barefoot and coping. I don't think studded boots will be popular in the UK for xc for a very long time, if ever and maybe just going bare is better anyway.
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post #33 of 34 Old 02-16-2015, 04:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Hondo View Post
What is the estimation on the time before that horse will work again?

On the stoicism of horses.....I read recently a theory that they evolved the trait of hiding their injuries in order not to become the target of predators. Made sense to me.
Not sure when he will be able to go back to work,at the moment doesn't matter to icey and bitter cold.

Main thing is, got to do the re section then address infection with the big guns. Once infection is cleared then farrier will re build his hoof wall. Could be looking at months,how many don't know. We are currently treating for infection,but more hoof wall needs to be removed,to get it all exposed here. To do that he needs to tranqed so he's unaware of whats going on,he's very lame currently.

She wont re build hoof wall till we are totally sure there is no infection.
Gotta start my own thread,short on time at the moment.
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post #34 of 34 Old 02-16-2015, 05:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Hondo View Post
What is the estimation on the time before that horse will work again?.
No reason to assume he can't now. As Jazzy said, it was deemed he needed a shoe on it to work though. As usual, I'd have opted for boots if possible instead(esp looking at the rest of the foot). Yes, it's not pretty, and would take some TLC but remember it's only the wall, only half way down, so managed well, shouldn't be a bit issue now.
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