Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Western Massachusetts
Who knew hooves grew?
My eight year old horse has been barefoot most of her life. There was about six months I kept her fronts shod, but ended up going to Renegade boots on the fronts and a year later I got a set for her rears as well. Then I moved to New England where there is a looong winter layover with no riding outside of a covered arena. So now, ice is melting off the trails, I get her a nice fresh trim and go to put her boots on.
They won't go on. Wha? They always fit nice and loose after a trim before.
I blame my farrier at first (though her feet look perfectly nice), and he informs me that .... hoofs get bigger as the horse ages. Especially if they are usually run barefoot. I am suspicious, so I go out there and measure her feet.
They have grown. In fact, since I got those boots three years ago, they have increased almost half an inch across. No wonder those boots don't fit.
I had never heard of this, but then, it wouldn't be a notable fact to anyone except someone who keeps their horse in trail boots. Shod horses' feet don't grow as much, and also of course every shoeing gets a newly fitted shoe. Barefoot horses, you'd never really notice.
So now I'm waiting for my new, larger, boots to come. Renegade Vipers in Dragon Red.
Short horse lover