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My horses are on a 6 week schedule right now. Sometimes it ends up being 5 or 7 though depending on when the farrier can come out. Im taking her shoes off in the spring (talked to the vet about it.) Should I ask the farrier to come out every 4 weeks when she just need trims? I have a feeling she'll grow hoof faster in the spring once shes has grass again.

How long does everyone go before their horse gets trimmed or reshod?
 

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Mine gets trimmed around every 6 weeks. I've never had to trim at 4 weeks..but maybe his hooves don't grow as fast as your girls.
 

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I would ask your farrier. How long between trims, shod or barefoot, is a horse by horse thing.

It certainly would not hurt to schedule them closer together so if you want to go for it.
 

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Shes pretty good at 6 weeks now, but Ive been told that hooves usually grow faster in the summer, if they have access to grass (protein). I think most barefoot trimmers suggest 4 weeks.

my farrier usually tells me its up to me.
 

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Both of mine grow a very different rates depending on lots of things. How much they are moving around is a big part of it. So different times of the year we do have to change how far apart the appointments are.
 

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my mare is barefoot & she can go up to 9 wks, but my gelding is shod in front so i try to do him every 6-7wks

i would ask your farrier though !
 

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Well he will do anything I want from 4-8weeks. I dont think he'd go more than 2 months. He lives so close so coming more often wont be a problem. Sometimes he dosent even charge if hes passing by and its a quick trim or rasp job. He's a pretty good guy.

They are only on a few acres right now, on a hill a little rocky, but mostly grass. In the spring the get a pasture twice the side, and the hill is a little steeper. Its 24/7 turnout so they are always moving around unless its raining. If they are moving around dosent that mean more growth because more blood flow, or does the wear usually even it out?
 

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The wear equally the growth increase answer depends on your footing and the horses feet.

My two tend to grow quite a bit more in the spring and do need to be trimmed more often (one shod, one barefoot).
 

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I would talk to your farrier, but I do think its recommended to trim more often when transitioning from shod to barefoot. Ours have always been barefoot and we are on a 6 weeks in the summer and 8 in the winter schedule.
 

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We shoe r horses very often in the summer, I'd say about every six weeks also, because they get used sooooo much since we run a theraputic riding program at our barn. In the winter we take their shoes off, unless the farrier says they might need them, and get them checked every 8-9 weeks, they rarely get rode in the winter. I'm always out riding my horse though so the farrier will be out more to do her than the other two horses. The other two horses are my aunts horses and she hates the cold so she doesn't come out that often to ride in the winter lol.
 

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^^ Its funny because Im the opposite. I prefer shoes in winter and none durring the rest of the year. I think its easier to transition a horse in the spring/summer because of the softer ground.
 

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My horses are usually trimmed at 5-6 weeks in summer and up to 8 weeks in winter. If I feel they need attention sooner I call my trimmer and sometimes I send her pics. ;) I have a couple who tend to flare(pigeontoed) or run forward(flat feet) and if let go too long you just don't get ahead at all.

I advise telling your trimmer/farrier to not trim any sole off. Allow it to harden up and grow some support while she gets her health back. Boots are a great way to help them over the "rough" spots.
 

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def want to leave the sole. He usually dosent take too much off anyway. I am going to buy sole guard by vettec. i think it comes off after a few weeks but it sounds like it will help with transitioning.
 

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Please give us a review of the sole guard after you've tested it. I've looked at it several times but haven't tried it.
 

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I like their other product equi pack. Ive never seen my mare sound for years with just regular shoes on! One of the hooves lost the pack sometime early this week though. It has been about 4-5 weeks since it was put in, and we didnt take the time to air dry the hoof (my mare is a ****** about standing for the farrier.) I'll give a product review after I try the products out a few times. The equi pack is expensive about $26 and it does 3 hooves for my mare (shes a 0 to a 00 shoe size.) You have to buy the gun and mixing tips or know someone who has them. The stuff dries so fast that you end up using at least 2-3 tips per farrier visit. They arent too expensive though.
 

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Yea, my girl has really thin soles so I'd like to try that stuff.
 

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Mine go six weeks, but honestly, during week 5 they fall apart and break up. I wish he'd come at 5 weeks, but it's hard to get him that often, so we stick with six weeks. Mine are always barefoot.
 

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I trim my own so usually they get filing at around the 3-4 week mark, and a full trim between 6-8 weeks; it all depends on the horse.

My mare starts mild flaring around 3 weeks, so she gets a good filing, to get rid of the flares, and fix any edges that may be 'scraggly'. She has all white feet, and when I got her she had terribly long, and chipped cracked feet; she's improved greatly with proper care.

The two younger horses I look after have really solid feet, and no flares, so they usually do fine with a strictly 6 week schedule.
 

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I have a barefoot gelding that gets a trim every 6-7 weeks.
 
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