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post #1 of 7 Old 04-01-2017, 12:11 PM Thread Starter
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Horseshoe Broke?

Today as I was picking out my mare's feet, I noticed her front left shoe was broken. About a fourth of her shoe was gone on the heel as if it had been broken off. She is stalled and there's no traces of her kicking or scraping on the wood, floors, or walls. As for her excercise, I'm only doing light groundwork as she's pretty thin from her previous owners. Also, is it okay to ride or continue walking/trotting her in hand? What are possible reasons this could have happened so I can prevent it in the future?
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No, you should not be riding or working this horse...

Is this horse a recovering rescue or neglect case?
Has the horse been seen by a farrier recently, like since you got her?
Shoes do not normally break nor fall off unless worn paper thin or hooves so overgrown the shoe catches on things...
I would have concern of the horse catching what is left of the shoe and ripping their hoof apart or hurting themself where the shoe is missing...
You don't need many more headaches...call in your farrier now and get the hooves attended to properly.

Personally, if the horse is that thin then no, you should not be riding or causing this horse to exercise and burn one extra calorie working when she needs to put those calories to work healing her insides of neglect and gaining her weight back...
Spend time with the horse loving on it, grooming and bonding...
Hand graze for a few weeks and do some simple ground exercise when on the way in or out to the grass...

If you recently acquired the horse, congratulations for taking her on.
Enjoy her, but do be fair to her and have her needs taken care of medically and with the farrier before you expect her to do for you....and feed her well to again have a beautiful look to her.
Enjoy.

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I personally would not work her until I had a farrier look at her. Better safe than sorry when it comes to feet!
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1. The only time I have ever seen shoes "break" it wasn't a true break. The horse scuffed his toes until he wore them down and the shoe split in half.

1.1. If the horse is at a boarding barn, what are the odds someone took her out of the stall and did something with her?

1.2. Did the farrier put used shoes on her? They could have her own and were re-set, or he could have used another horse's shoes and charged you full price.

2. Absolutely do not ride her with the broken shoe. Wait for the farrier to put a new shoe on.
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I bought her from a small business that rehomes Amish cart horses. Her shoes are about 5 weeks old and I was planning to get them off in a week or so because I don't plan to do much road riding, just trail. She has nice clean legs as told by the vet. As of until we get the rest of her shoes pulled off later today, I won't do much physical activities with her. Thank you everyone :)
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Agree with others. This is also a good example of why I think it's a must, if people are going to have their horses shod, they learn how to remove a shoe themselves & have the tools on hand. With a broken, bent or loose shoe, danger of significant injury is serious, and if the farrier can't attend for a day or few, best to get it off immediately yourself.
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Agree with others. This is also a good example of why I think it's a must, if people are going to have their horses shod, they learn how to remove a shoe themselves & have the tools on hand. With a broken, bent or loose shoe, danger of significant injury is serious, and if the farrier can't attend for a day or few, best to get it off immediately yourself.
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The horse is thin, thus most likley did not have the best of care, including shoing. I imagine, even if she was re set just 5 weeks ago, it is very possible shoes that were about worn out were used
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