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To Shoe or not to Shoe?

Reo and his first set of shoes!

Reo and his first set of shoes!

I have been trying to do a little bit of research on whether you should shoe your horse or leave them barefoot. I have found mixed results in all this. I have recently shod 3 of our horses, and will be shoeing our 4th horse. Karinnah, being from Camas, WA and having pony in her has foundered in the past. Due to the founder she has always grown extra fast. Because of her growing so fast in the toe she tends to walk on the front of her feet. This is NO good!! I will be shoeing her so we can correct her feet. This can do insurmountable damage to the ligaments, muscles and tendons in her legs.

We were riding barefoot for a long time. We ride on some rocky trails, given the name where we live in Ensenada Mexico is called Pedregal Playitas (rocky beach). I don’t mind going barefoot when we can, but since we have done so much riding, the horses feet get trimmed down too short due to hitting rocks, going up and down the hills. Sometimes even chipped, which can also cause damage.

If you are riding in sand, along the beaches of Ensenada like they do here, they usually don’t put shoes on. No need for them, the ground is soft, no rocks to chip up their feet. We got a horse from Punta Banda from good friends of ours, and will be looking at getting more from Tina Jo and Dawn at http:TinaJosPromise.org. We did notice when we first got Reo (aka Jalapeno) that he was sensitive walking on the ground over here. After awhile their feet harden up and it doesn’t bother them as bad. 

Since we ride mainly in the Mountains overlooking Todos Santos and the town of Ensenada,we have decided to shoe our horses. Be wrong or right we may never know, I have never had a problem personally with horses being shod. Sometimes it is better for them, and sometimes it isn’t. Knowing your horse personally I feel you can make a personal decision that will benefit both you and the horse.

Cherokee getting shoes on

Cherokee getting shoes on

 

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