Thank you all for your responses!
We do all of our jumping in a sand arena. We also do a lot of trail riding around the barn, through the woods, etc, so I want to make sure she doesn't slip, especially when it's wet. Now, all we do is walk on the trails. They're not well-kept enough to do anything else.
There's nothing wrong with her right now, but she's been on the shoes before and been fine, so I just don't know if it will help her in the long run to start wearing plastic shoes vs the metal shoes she has on right now.
To that end, the thread link in my signature is one good place to start.
If however, your horse works/lives on harder ground, I would avoid metal rim shoes and consider plastic shoes such as these to be vital(if I couldn't use hoof boots, which can be problematic with jumping & grip for eg) if the horse needed artificial protection. *I really like the Eponas & Easyshoes far better than GC's, so look into them too if you haven't already.
She's stalled during the day (since it's summer) and turned out at night. I'm not a big fan of the pastures, as most of them are just dirt, but the BO is working on fixing the grassy pastures so the horses can be turned out on those as well. I would consider it harder ground that she goes out on. The arena's fine and her stall has plenty of cushioning, but the pastures aren't the best.
I'll definitely take a look at the thread link and look into the other shoe types.
Barefoot horses actually have excellent grip on most types of jump course surfaces, and I'm sure loosie would agree. Wet grass would probably be the exception, but on sand (which is the dominant type of surface here), barefoot gives the greatest amount of grip. We do find, however, that during growing heavy season, which also happens to be show season, we have to trim every 3 weeks to stay on top of his hooves. I don't mind in the least -- the cost of a trim is 30$ so not exactly breaking the bank. But have you considered barefoot
? You do need a qualified barefoot trimmer to do it successfully.
She's been barefoot for a few weeks and seemed to do okay, but her hooves get cracks around the edges when she goes out. I was out there this morning and should've taken pictures, but I didn't think about it. They're only on the back feet since she's shod up front. I'll take pictures tomorrow to show what I'm talking about, because they're not really cracks, per se, but more of just rough edges. She doesn't seem to be affected by it at all.
Originally Posted by QueenofFrance08 View Post
I would caution a little about plastic shoes. I know several people in the endurance community who have started using them and have had lameness issues due to the composite shoes. Apparently the extra traction (which can be great) isn't what the horses are used to and they can tweak their legs from the unexpected grip. Before this happened I was wanting to switch to them (I mean they come in pink....!) but now I'm afraid to.
She's worn them before and been fine, so I'm not too worried about her going lame. Plus, we don't ride for as long as endurance riders do. But, you brought up good points, so thank you for responding!