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[RC] Re:RC What Shoes Really Do - Judy Houle

Metal horseshoes do provide protection from excess
wear, but at the cost of increased concussion to the
hoof and bony column.  They inhibit the natural shock
absorbing quality of the hoof by restricting movement
of the hoof when weight loading and unloading.  I do
not believe they increase traction, more often they
decrease it.  How often have you slipped and slid over
grass, mud, sheets of rock, asphalt or gravel?  A
horse with thin soles could be properly trimmed and
conditioned to build up calloused soles by going
barefoot instead of shod. 


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