Home Current News News Archive Shop/Advertise Ridecamp Classified Events Learn/AERC
Endurance.Net Home Ridecamp Archives
[Archives Index]   [Date Index]   [Thread Index]   [Author Index]   [Subject Index]

Re: [RC] Question(s) for the Shoers (already heard from the barefoot people =) - Kathy Mayeda

Michele - your thinking is correct.  Endurance horses need some kind
of hoof protection under most conditions during an endurance ride.
Conditioning rides maybe not so much, but I guess that's a
multifactorial issue.  Having a shod horse can be a lot easier than
booting, and there's nothing wrong with wanting to keep it simple for
yourself if you are happy with your farrier.  You hear a lot about
barefoot/booted endurance horses, but the majority of endurance horses
are still in steel shoes without any problems.

I just had a horse that had some balance issues that very few farriers
could seem to get a handle on.  So I just started to trim him myself
out of frustration.  He's retired from endurance now, so that made it
even more incentive to keep him barefoot.  Barefoot and booting when
needed just became a habit with me.

If  too much frog is trimmed off it tends to contract the frog.



Ridecamp is a service of Endurance Net, http://www.endurance.net.
Information, Policy, Disclaimer: http://www.endurance.net/Ridecamp
Subscribe/Unsubscribe http://www.endurance.net/ridecamp/logon.asp

Ride Long and Ride Safe!!


[RC] Question(s) for the Shoers (already heard from the barefoot people =), Michelle Aquilino