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Re: Maggie's survey

I don't even PRETEND to be close to an expert on this subject. However,
having been in this horse world for about seven years, I have learned one
very important thing. It is really important to have a knowledgeable and
skilled farrier who consistently performs your shoeing. I haven't seen
anyone mention that angle is directly related to the horse's physiology. For
instance, I had a mare with a very steep shoulder angle and she was shod
with a much steeper angle than my others. As for letting them go barefooted,
that's just fine for my babies who spend their time in the field. For those
who are out on trails, with the rocky conditions we experience here in the
Northwest, I would not even consider riding them without shoes. (Isn't that
why Easy Boots are so popular?)
----- Original Message -----
From: Maggie Mieske <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, October 14, 1999 6:31 AM
Subject: RC: Maggie's survey

>  Hi Ridecampers,
>  If you will reply privately to avoid cluttering up ridecamp, I promise to
>  make the results of this little survey public.  This is what I am curious
>  about... I find myself looking at any and all ride photos trying to get a
>  peek at the FEET and see what they look like, angles, length of foot,
>  of shoe, etc.  Not a very easy "feat" (hahaha).  I am dying to know what
>  you guys DO with your horses' feet.  So, I thought I would just ASK!!
>  those who know, what angle, length of toe, etc. do you use?  How many go
>  barefoot?  How many just have shoes in the front?  All the way around?
>  What kind of shoe do you use?  Do you prefer shoes with or without clips
>  (and why)?  I really am interested the most in the angle and length of
>  that you are going with.  Everyone has their own opinion on that but boy
> we
>  see a lot of horses with little or NO heel...did you know the 4-H horse
>  book still says that 45 degrees is the ideal angle?  They also teach this
>  in FFA (at least 45 degrees is the correct answer on the written test in
>  the Horse Judging Competition!).  Please make whatever comments you like,
>  keeping in mind I may use some of them in my "report".  I may even put
> this
>  together and put it in my newsletter.  Hey, Trish you think
> Equus
>  would PAY me to publish an article about this???  :)  Thanks in advance
>  guys!!
>  Maggie
> Michigan
>  P.S.  Have finally heard from the owner of those horses with swollen
> feet...she
>  opted to go back to her old farrier (who, she complained about vigorously
>  when she begged Nelson to take her on).  Waiting to hear from the vet
>  Thanks for all of your support and encouragement!!
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