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post #1 of 144 Old 05-10-2011, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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Shoeing and Barefoot research ask or answer.

Hello,
I'm currently doing some research on shoeing horses and Leaving them barefoot.
And i would love to know what you do with all your horses and why for example I would like to know what sort of supplements you give them for their hooves any sort of hoof oil or soak you may use, Do you shoe them or leave them barefoot how often do you get their feet trimmed or shod, What sort of work they do, And there type of hoof I.E soft medium or hard colour of the hoof what sort of terrain do they live and exercise in. And why you shoe or leave them barefoot etc.
I'll start,
My first horse Crystal 7-8 years old 15.1hh Stock horse Quarter horse cross, Used in barrel racing jumping dressage and mustering, Worked daily and on weekends worked rather hard (all day rides etc). She has soft sensitive feet and they are white even though that is a myth, She gets megamin hoof supplement and her feet trimmed every 8-9 weeks no shoeing,
She lives in a large pasture which is rotated every two months or so and is worked on roads in sand, dirt and grass.

Angel Brumby mare 14.2hh 20 years old Used in jumping mustering and trail riding some pony club too, She gets worked every second day at medium work because she recovering from a micro tare she sustained two years ago,
she also gets megamin and her feet trimmed every 8-9weeks no shoeing.
Her feet are hard and black with a small well set frog.
She gets worked in the same terrain as crystal.

I'll do my others later

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Our horses are barefoot, they don't get any supplements but my 24 year old mare might try something in the summer.
I trim my horses feet myself and the two mini horses. The farrier does our 5 year old mare because her feet grow fast and are kind of tough to trim.
I trail ride about 5 to 6 days a week mostly barefoot, but use front renegade boots for the rocky trails.
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Hello,
I'm currently doing some research on shoeing horses and Leaving them barefoot.
And i would love to know what you do with all your horses and why for example I would like to know what sort of supplements you give them for their hooves any sort of hoof oil or soak you may use, Do you shoe them or leave them barefoot how often do you get their feet trimmed or shod, What sort of work they do, And there type of hoof I.E soft medium or hard colour of the hoof what sort of terrain do they live and exercise in. And why you shoe or leave them barefoot etc.
I'll start,
My first horse Crystal 7-8 years old 15.1hh Stock horse Quarter horse cross, Used in barrel racing jumping dressage and mustering, Worked daily and on weekends worked rather hard (all day rides etc). She has soft sensitive feet and they are white even though that is a myth, She gets megamin hoof supplement and her feet trimmed every 8-9 weeks no shoeing,
She lives in a large pasture which is rotated every two months or so and is worked on roads in sand, dirt and grass.

Angel Brumby mare 14.2hh 20 years old Used in jumping mustering and trail riding some pony club too, She gets worked every second day at medium work because she recovering from a micro tare she sustained two years ago,
she also gets megamin and her feet trimmed every 8-9weeks no shoeing.
Her feet are hard and black with a small well set frog.
She gets worked in the same terrain as crystal.

I'll do my others later

Plz reply
Okay here goes...I have quite a few so I'll do just some of them. I prefer for them to be barefoot, but do have a couple that are shod for showing purposes. All of them go 8 wks, except for 2. All of them are on orchard/bluegrass pasture those that aren't 24/7 get orchard/alfalfa hay at night. Easy terrain. I spent my childhood picking up rocks on the farm for my grandpa so there aren't many left 20+ years later I do trail ride on occasion and boot them.

Hondo - 29 yo stallion, had a very long & successful AQHA show career. I ride him 4 times a week, 1 hr each just to stay in shape. He also gets ridden 3 times a wk by my soon to be 6 yr old daughter. Gets daily turnout in a 3 acre stud lot, comes in at night. Has great feet. No shoes. No hoof supplements.

Jana - 23 yo mare, my retired youth reining horse, was also shown HUS, Jumping, all speed events, team penning, trail & showmanship. I ride her 6 hrs a wk to stay in shape & tuned up, 4 hrs of lessons and the occasional moving the neighbors cattle or trail ride. She is going back into the reining pen for a young rider at AQHA & open shows so she is getting sliding plates put on this week. Will have screw in cleats made so she can also be ridden on the trail.. She is on 24/7 turnout & a ration balancer. No hoof supplements.

Buttons - 22 yo mare, retired youth wp horse & broodmare. Also used for beginner lessons 6 hrs a week, I rarely ride her as she is the same horse every time :) Shown walk/trot by my daughter. Same turnout/balancer as Jana. She is shod & is trimmed & reset every 5 wks.

Lacey - 9 yo mare, ex working & roping horse & hubby's trail horse. Just had her first foal. Started light riding yesterday to get her back in shape after foaling. Daily turnout & in at night. Fed Ultium Growth, no hoof supplements.
Merit - foal, not 2 wks old. Hooves cleaned daily, will get first farrier visit at 8 wks for learning purposes mostly.

Pella - yearling filly. Daily pasture, stalled at night. Fed Ultium Growth & is on DAC Foundation Formula for her hooves. We supplement them until 2 for a good healthy start.

Woodstock - 4 yo stallion. Limited turnout & exercise due to re-injuring a tendon. Stalled, 4 hrs turnout in small 1/2 acre lot but does have grass, daily handwalking for 1 hr am & pm. Fed Purina Strategy GX & Smart Pak Smarttendon repair. Would be shod w/plates if he had not been injured and training stopped

The rest are all similar. Hope that helps and wasn't too long

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Why didn't that cross my mind when I added my answer about my horses. I'm not dead set either way & have both. Thinking I should un-subscribe or my blackberry will be dinging all day

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OP, to actually answer your question before we continue on our tangent, I have 3 horses, 2 who are barefoot and 1 who is shod.

I go with whatever works best for the individual animal in question. I prefer barefoot, but knew when I took on a TB it would be unlikely he could ever go without shoes. He's perfectly sound when shod, but barefoot he gimps, so he has shoes.

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I have 2 horses. Both are barefoot (and have always been barefoot) but one is either getting boots or front shoes this summer. He's constantly tender on gravel and I'm tired of his pain and trying to keep him out of the glass encrusted ditches.

24/7 turnout. Very minimal grain, 2-3% of their body weight per day in hay, good quality pasture. Gelding is getting a hoof supplement SmartHoof I believe to see if that helps his ouchiness.

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It's actually in the rule book for my horses breed association that no horses are to be shod. Well, I mean I guess you can shoe them but if they catch you with shoes on the sanctioned showgrounds you're in trouble
That being said I rode a QH mare that HAD to have shoes. I tried my best to keep her barefoot and her feet would just fall apart and she'd be dead lame. she was on all sorts of supplements, I tried hardeners, softeners, sealants, anything. She could NOT be barefoot :(
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i agree with speed racer. i have 7 horses, 2 are babies (2yo and 1yo) so obv bare. i have 2 TBs that are bare, 1 TB that i tried bare in every possible way with boots, supps, extended t/o, special hoof trimming methods, etc., and he was miserable so he's shod in front (bare behind, and bare all around for winter). i have a clyde cross that is usually bare but his leg confo leaves something to be desired so he is shod as needed based on his showing and work schedule, and i have an arab that's bare but will go in boots if we do any intensive trail riding.

i prefer bare, but not all horses are comfortable that way. my tb was lame all the time for YEARS and absolutely miserable and even the boots - from boas to easy boots, etc. didn't give him relief. and since we tried it for over 6 years, i'd say he was given more than enough time to adjust lol. to each his own.

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It's actually in the rule book for my horses breed association that no horses are to be shod. Well, I mean I guess you can shoe them but if they catch you with shoes on the sanctioned showgrounds you're in trouble
That being said I rode a QH mare that HAD to have shoes. I tried my best to keep her barefoot and her feet would just fall apart and she'd be dead lame. she was on all sorts of supplements, I tried hardeners, softeners, sealants, anything. She could NOT be barefoot :(
Which breed association is this?
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