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RE: [RC] Shoeing - Karen Standefer

Karen, It’s not the same to build up gradually to carrying around 200 pound on a 24x7 basis and being asked to carry around 200 pounds for a couple hours 3-4 times a week.  It’s just not the same.  And, some horses with weak hoof structures pay dearly for it if no supported with some sort of shoes.  Yes, you can condition the muscles and tendons and build bone density.  But, there are some horse that you cannot build a stronger hoof on.  It’s just not going to happen. 


That being said, there are lots of brood mares that also have hoof troubles when they’re pregnant and need to be shod. 


Several years ago when I began my barefoot at all costs adventure I thought the same way you do.  There have been a few horses pass my way since then that have taught me a lot.  I don’t believe the same ways now.






From: ridecamp-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:ridecamp-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Karen Sullivan
Sent: Tuesday, August 12, 2008 5:06 PM
To: Karen Standefer
Cc: Elizabeth Walker; Ridecamp
Subject: Re: [RC] Shoeing


Karen, I disagree with that, becuase the training and conditioning of the horse to adapt to a rider is generally done gradually also if done right...nobody jumps on a horse that had never been ridden and does 50 miles....horses are started young, for hopefully, no more than 5-10  minutes initially....and the time on their back is slowly increased. 


[RC] Shoeing, Bruce Weary DC
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Re: [RC] Shoeing, Elizabeth Walker
RE: [RC] Shoeing, Karen Standefer
Re: [RC] Shoeing, Karen Sullivan