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barrelchasinmonki
Reg. Oct 2003
Posted 2019-02-11 7:24 AM (#7421779)
Subject: To shoe the hind end or not?



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 do you shoe your horses all the way around or just front? Why or why not? What age do you start? I’ve always been taught just shoe what is needed, but have recently had a horse diagnosed with chronic damage that potentially could have been helped if she had been shod behind, so now has me second guessing myself. I feel guilty and feel like I caused the problem. 
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Racer4eva
Reg. Feb 2009
Posted 2019-02-11 7:49 AM (#7421782 - in reply to #7421779)
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Of my 3 only 1 has all around shoes. He only got them on after he had a pretty big abscess blow on the front of his back foot and hes just had them since. He moves better with them. My older horse (23 this year) has only had front shoes since i bought him 15 years ago. Hes great with that. But if you take off his front shoes he will literally fall over trying to walk on anything other then pure sand. And the 3rd is 8 months old and of course is a trim
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fulltiltfilly
Reg. Dec 2008
Posted 2019-02-11 9:15 AM (#7421804 - in reply to #7421779)
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My mare gets all 4 because she needs it. If she didn't I would probably go without because its so ridiculously expensive for 4.

When my gelding was running he got 4 also. He didn't need it but I thought it a help for traction and my shoer at the time was dirt cheap.  
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AmericanJelly1
Reg. Dec 2018
Posted 2019-02-11 9:18 AM (#7421807 - in reply to #7421779)
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It really depends on the horse. I tend to shoe all the way around as most of the ground we run on here in PA are crappy track pens or mud. It is always a good idea to pull shoes to give the feet a break if they are not being run/worked hard. Talk with your farrier.
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MC1993
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Posted 2019-02-11 10:07 AM (#7421822 - in reply to #7421779)
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Mine have all 4 while competing. She wears her back feet down when hauling and riding hard. I do pull her shoes in the winter on the back when she gets some time off. She needs fronts on or will bruise in the winter
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FlyingJT
Reg. Jan 2014
Posted 2019-02-11 10:15 AM (#7421825 - in reply to #7421779)
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barrelchasinmonki - 2019-02-11 7:24 AM

 do you shoe your horses all the way around or just front? Why or why not? What age do you start? I’ve always been taught just shoe what is needed, but have recently had a horse diagnosed with chronic damage that potentially could have been helped if she had been shod behind, so now has me second guessing myself. I feel guilty and feel like I caused the problem. 

It could have been helped by it or it caused it? What is the injury?
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mandita8907
Reg. Nov 2010
Posted 2019-02-11 2:18 PM (#7421902 - in reply to #7421779)
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This is interesting to me. My farrier recently told me if your horse has good enough feet and you can get by with it, that they actually get better traction without back shoes.
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AmericanJelly1
Reg. Dec 2018
Posted 2019-02-11 2:31 PM (#7421907 - in reply to #7421902)
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Good read

https://www.americancowboy.com/ranch-life-archive/should-horses-be-s...
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clover girl
Reg. Dec 2005
Posted 2019-02-11 2:32 PM (#7421908 - in reply to #7421779)
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I usually only keep fronts on.  I started this when my mare (big huge strong mare) stayed hock sore.  I was injecting way too often.  I pulled back shoes and went back to only injecting once a year.  Most horses I train are really setty and drang their butts, so it works.

If I was running where the ground called for back shoes, I woudl put them on.  
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casualdust07
Reg. Mar 2005
Posted 2019-02-11 6:32 PM (#7421938 - in reply to #7421779)
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I shoe all the way around if its needed. If I notice they keep breaking off foot, or if they are tender on hard ground, then I will do it. Otherwise, being barefoot on the back is fine.
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cindyt
Reg. Dec 2003
Posted 2019-02-12 8:53 AM (#7422007 - in reply to #7421902)
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mandita8907 - 2019-02-11 2:18 PM This is interesting to me. My farrier recently told me if your horse has good enough feet and you can get by with it, that they actually get better traction without back shoes.

I think natural footing is always best if they have the hoof to stand up for it... I do the fronts because I feel they get a better feel and in the ground better with out the rears...  Its my preference on everything if I can do it :
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