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post #11 of 45 Old 07-07-2014, 09:56 PM
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funny you should say you feel looked down upon for not shoeing. around here, those that DO chose to shoe are often made to feel like they are ruining their horse by doing this totally unnatural thing and they aren't keeping the hrose's best interests in mind and are being selfish.
I wouldn't necessarily say that's the case. Most of the other folks at our farm think we're slightly crazy and somewhat "hippie" for leaving ours barefoot.
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post #12 of 45 Old 07-07-2014, 10:50 PM
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Don't let 'em get your goat, most horses do fine or better barefoot. If your horse gets ouchie on a rocky trail then put boots on her.
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post #13 of 45 Old 07-07-2014, 11:13 PM
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Thanks for the support, and sorry for my ignorance, but how can you tell if a horse is "ouchie" due to sensitive feet when ridden on a rocky trail. Haven't done this yet, but want to see how she goes on that surface.
You'll definitely know. I pulled my horse's shoes last November and he was just a little bit sore in the arena for about a week after, then was just as happy as he ever was with shoes everywhere I took him on our property. A few weeks ago we went to a show and that facility had a packed gravel road between the different competition areas and stalls; he was super uncomfortable on the gravel and I was afraid someone was going to call me out on bringing a lame horse to the show! Of course, as soon as he got off the gravel he went to walking out just fine again and was fine on all the competition surfaces (including cross country course), but it definitely made me realize that hoof boots were probably a good idea for trail riding...
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post #14 of 45 Old 07-08-2014, 12:09 AM
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I am a huge fan of keeping a horse barefoot. If they are perfectly sound without shoes, there is no reason to pay the extra expense. My horse, however, has to be shod. He had a laminitic episode last month, so I had his feet x-ray'd and found out that he actually has very thin soles. A week later, I had shoes, pads, and Equi-Pak fill put on his fronts. Now, he is 110% sound, more than he ever was when he was barefoot.

My point is, if a horse is sound barefoot, they aren't gimping around, or having issues with their stride, they don't need shoes. If shoes can help alleviate a soundness or conformation issue, they might be necessary. It depends solely on the horse in question.
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post #15 of 45 Old 07-08-2014, 12:52 AM
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As stated he is totally fine away from the rocks but when he is on them or catches a stray one he short steps drops his head and then walks on.

Now if it is a constant short step/gimp thats just plain lame and the horse needs to be evaluated.

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post #16 of 45 Old 07-08-2014, 01:55 AM
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I wouldn't necessarily say that's the case. Most of the other folks at our farm think we're slightly crazy and somewhat "hippie" for leaving ours barefoot.

Well, aren't ya? a hippie, I mean.
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post #17 of 45 Old 07-08-2014, 02:27 AM
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I leave mine barefoot as well - show APHA circuit and local shows - I am so glad mine don't need shoes as I cringe to think of what my farrier bill would look like every two months.

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I rescued a TB gelding who rated about a one and a half, weight wise. After he started putting on some real weight, he started limping. Xrays showed Navicular. We went the usual way and put on the shoes with wedges. A lady on a forum I was on at the time highly recommended Barefoot. She cited studies and spoke of personal experience. I figured that when we pulled the shoes he would limp for a little just getting use to being level again. I found a wonderful Barefoot trimmer and had him done. He never did take a lame step! It's been almost two years and he is still sound.
All horses are different and I'm sure Barefoot would not work on all Navicular horses, but I do bet that it would help many. Mostly if they haven't deteriorated too much due to the shoes. I can't explain it, but the wedges actually cause more damage, even if they do make the horse seem sound. I will try to find the link that explains it.
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(for those that think I am being mean to Eolith, I am just teasing her. I know her in real life)
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