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[RC] XP 04/horses shod? - Jonni Jewell

We used a fellow who was a crew member for another rider, but also a farrier
on XP2001. Some of the horses really went through shoes fast, and needed
redone a few times over the 8 weeks on the road. Many of the riders used the
same farrier, and they would tell him what horse needed done, and while they
were on the trail on another horse, he would check the shoes during the day
of the one they were not riding. Karen used EZ boots, and I am sure can tell
you more on how long they lasted etc.  A few other riders had the ability to
do their own shoes, or crew member that could. We had NO problem having
shoes redone, and riding the very next day with that horse.

My plan (of course I know it will be one of those "in a perfect world"
ideas) is to have the horses I am taking on XP2004 shod RIGHT before we head
out, and do some riding with EZ boots also, on over the shoes, and then
hopefully....yes, hopefully, not need shoes redone during the ride. (5 weeks
for XP2004) If you have a horse that is tricky to fit and shoe, (or even one
that is not!) have your farrier make up an extra set of shoes, pre-shaped
before you head on the ride. Label them as to what shoe, is for what foot.
Then it would only take a farrier on the ride some mild final shaping, to
get them fitted and then hammered on. (trust me, the farrier on the ride
would REALLY appreciate this!!!)
Jonni



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