Join Date: May 2009
Location: The Chattahoochee River
Post-shoe Trims, etc
Long time no chat for my part. I've been off doing things in the world and had a very good farrier who took care of my gelding and helped us complete many endurance rides happy, sound, and shod for the last 2+ years (because running barefoot over gravel for dozens of miles is not something my guy's feet seem genetically made to do - "yay" QH genetics). Unfortunately for me, I've been moved again, out to a place where I have not yet found a knowledgable farrier, and based on everything I can find so far, may not be able to.
I took off his shoes today and did a conservative trim, but I know I'll have to trim again in a couple weeks, because to me, it seems like that is always the case when a shod horse goes barefoot again. Has anyone else had that experience? That it seems like they need a touchup WAY more quickly right off than they do normally between trims?
I've offhandedly attributed it to a vague idea of their hoof wall relaxing/flexing/changing shape without the rigid influence of shoes, but that's just me spitballing. Has anyone else had that experience? Why do you think it is? I suppose I *could* be more aggressive with the first trim post, but I'd rather risk having to come back and touch up than making him sore right out of shoes, especially when it's easy to come back and do it when I'm out there daily anyway.
Further question, here in the mid state GA/AL border area, I do not yet know how wet a winter will I be dealing with, so we dumped a bunch of M10 sand (decomposed granite) on their paddocks to help keep down mud. I am wondering if I should add anything on top to help with foot health? If so, would pea gravel be a good choice?
Eventually I expect I'll be back to the frustration that is trying to keep boots on hind feet with a horse that has a powerful push+twist hind stride (mild cow-hock) that has so far defeated two different kinds of Easyboots and Renegades (Vipers, the original were not recommended for his hoof shape). Anything new on the market he might not rip through or leave a foot deep in the mud when he launches?