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Do horses need to have shoes?

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Even if you board at a good facility,should you still have your own first-aid kit on hand?
 

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1. Do all horses need to have shoes? No. Most don't. Most horses have strong enough feet to be barefoot all of their lives. If you do alot of riding on pavement, gravel, etc. shoes or boots may be needed. Some horses just have feet that require shoes. Your farrier can recommend one way or the other as he knows your horse's feet best.

2. I believe that, yes, having your own first aid kit on hand is a very good idea.
 

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I second what Shannon said!
 

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All horses do not need shoes. Depending on what you are doing with the horse and if he has any existing soundness issues he may or may not need shoes. Many older horses with ringbone need shoes and a good corrective farrier to keep the feet properly balanced, and the horse sound. Many competition horses' feet go under much more strain than a normal horse, and they need shoes. Etc.. but for your run-of-the-mill pleasure horse, they should not need shoes.

As far as the first aid kit, I have boarded at "full-service" barns before, ie you can leave the country and your horse wont even notice you're gone, and you still need to have your own kit!! At first, you can use your trainer's stuff, but as you get more experience you realize that you need a lot more. We have a vet kit that can deal with most ailments at the barn and it fills up 2 cubic feet of tupper ware. Some basic things that are good to have:
Epsom salts
Access to warm water, or a kettle
A foot soaking bucket
Syringes (huge is the best size, and a few medium ones)
Gauze
Cotton
Vet wrap
Duct tape
Hydrogel dressing
Lanolin or other emolient based dressing
Standing wraps
Spot on insect repellent (the dog stuff works great, check with your vet first though)
a Mixing cup and mixer (spoon, knife, chopstick)
Rubber gloves
Access to running water
And from your vet it is useful to get:
Bute
Sulfa antibiotics

For some stuff you may need other things, your kit will grow! I may have left out a few things, but this is what I find myself using the most!
Also having good resources and a good vet helps. I like Equus magazine, and the horse dot com for resources and my vet is always available on the phone.

The Science of Wound Ointments for Horses

The Horse: Your Guide to Equine Health Care
 

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Thanks so much! You provided a lot of info. fo me:)
 

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...just don't forget you have a kit! Like I did... I remember racing around the barn grabbing whatever I could find to stop bleeding, cuting up t-shirts and everything else... then after a 2 hour drive to the surgical clinic realizing... Um... I have a really nice kit I've put together over the years right in my horse trailer........ :)
 

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I guess that will get you motivated to get one!lol!
 

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1. No.
2. Yes.
 

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Question number 1-

Do horses need to have shoes?
No. All 5 of the horses in my care (3 of mine, 2 boarders currently) go barefoot. They get a "natural trim" using the "Ramey Method", Pete Ramey hoof care heals founder in horse’s navicular disease farrier We do trails, lessons, and small jumps with no problems. One horse needs boots for rocky trails, the rest do fine totally bare.
Question number 2-

Even if you board at a good facility,should you still have your own first-aid kit on hand?
You don't need a first aid kit necessarily, but it's good to keep some first aid items on hand. I always kept in my tack box epsom salts, betadine scrub, peroxide, Corona Ointment (good for growing hair back after wounds are nearly healed), Eclipse ointment (great for open wounds or bad cuts), an aresol can of either Blue Kote or Red Kote, vet wrap, thick overnight maxipads (not the ultra thin ones) (they're good for open wounds), eye wash or saline solution, and a tube of bute paste.
 
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