Back light silhouette of a woman resting with feet taking off shoes on a couch at home with a window in the background Tired woman taking off shoes at office. First off, this clip-on thing doesn't look like a good option because it's too likely to fall off. The bar portion at the back of the hoof is easy for the horse to catch with a hind hoof and makes it more likely to come off. A horse that is having shoes put on will have their hooves trimmed differently than a horse that is going without shoes. Horses can tear off part of their hoof at the same time the shoe is being pulled off, and then there’s the time spent finding that lost shoe, which can be a serious hazard if left not retrieved. The less obvious form of abuse (yes, I’m going to call it that), is the Plantation Shoe. ... O’Grady mentions several different pads and shoes you might consider for these horses. Whether your horses wear shoes or are barefoot is a decision … If you look straight down the back of your horse's leg, you should see a tiny, shiny rim of shoe showing where it curves around at the heels. The Horse Magazine Back Issues ... helps take tension off the DDFT. In addition, I think that the branches of the shoe should be placed as far back as possible, without being so far back that the horse steps on them and pulls the shoe off. love taking my shoes off! I take off my nikes and show my sweaty smelly feet. Pete Ramey came up with a trim strategy for getting horses out of shoes and back to work (see Flares page). Obviously, there’s a limit to this, but I think it’s a good idea that the shoe be the largest size as is practicable, to give as big a base as possible. When shoes are put on a young horse, the coffin (pedal) bone cannot grow to its full width, therefore the foot will be too small to carry the horse's weight, and is often contracted. If you drop a plumb line down the center of the side of the horse's leg, the bottom of the plumb line should fall just behind the heel of the shoe. A horse's feet keep growing till age 5, when he reaches his full adult weight. Horses that are mostly just pets hanging around on the farm might be less likely to wear a shoe, but other variables would have to be examined to decide if the horse is better off with a shoe. Even though I always try to use high nails that will minimize damage if the shoe comes off, every hole still weakens the hoof wall to some extent. Square up the horse on a level surface. There are a wide variety of pads that are made for horses … With this in mind, consider hiring a farrier to trim and put shoes on a horse that is having soreness issues in its hooves. A bar shoe limits that expansion even more than a regular, open-heeled shoe. Attitude of Kindness I wouldn't want to lose a $100 shoe after one gallop. Closeup view Eliminating transition soreness. 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