Friday, April 1, 2011

I'm going to bed until June

Today was beautiful, warm, sunny, no wind.  Everyone behaving in the arena. 
And Nina managed to pull off a brand new shoe (9 days since shoeing) with clips and took off a big chunk of hoof. 
I swear it is one thing after another and I don't seem to be able to ride this horse 2 days in a row. 


  1. It was something like this that caused me to take Freedom barefoot. After struggling to keep shoes on him for more than 2 weeks (think epoxy and frequent farrier visits) he lost a shoe out hunting. What with the adrenalin I didn't even feel him take an off step until the check and by then there was no hoof wall to nail a shoe back on!

    My farrier and I decided to pull all the shoes and see what we got. I used hoof boots at the beginning (and still do when I hunt) but he's been barefoot now for 18 months and his feet have never looked better!

    In the meantime, you might want to invest in a hoof boot if there's so much damage you can't nail the shoe on. I use Cavallo simple boots and have been very pleased with them.

  2. Thanks Liz, I may see if I can borrow a boot until my farrier can get back out. Shoes coming off is not an issue and barefoot doesn't work. She has been barefoot on the hinds for 7 months and is getting shoes back on the next shoeing. It's just been one thing after another.

  3. My horse (Rogo) lost the same show twice within days of getting it on. Very frustrating. Hope things get better.

  4. Sounds very frustrating...and expensive.

    Since I know nothing about horses, I hope you don't mind if I ask how do you know if going barefoot works or doesn't work? What is the advantage of the horseshoes?

  5. Here is the very short answer, Rita. The purpose of shoes are to protect the foot, mostly from the unnatural environment that domestic horses live in. The downside of shoes is that they prevent the hoof and foot from acting normally. Nina needs shoes because her hoof wall wears down faster than it grows, leaving too much pressure on the foot itself.
    The hoof wall is like a giant toenail, the living part of the foot is the underside and the inside.

  6. I had an uneducated guess and I wasn't far off. Thanks, Barb!! :)

  7. April Fools, only it wasn't a joke. Hope you find a solution soon.


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