Poll

Hoofin' It

Does your horse wear shoes or go barefoot?

Barefoot all the way
62%
999
Shoes only on the front or rear
10%
163
Shoes all the way around
12%
191
Varies by season
16%
250

Total votes cast: 1603

Comments & Write-in Answers

Usually barefoot, unless being used on rocky terrain...summer and spring.

3/22/2010 10:30:11 PM

I have my horses (5) trimmed, but I live in the desert with sharp sand and always have healthy hoove

3/22/2010 7:50:19 PM

I may put shoes on this year but every other year we have not put on shoes.

3/22/2010 6:33:51 PM

He had navicular symptoms in shoes. Barefoot his feet have grown; happily jumps 3'.

3/22/2010 2:44:09 PM

has good feet (Arabian) doesn't need shoes.

3/22/2010 2:23:30 PM

Only if riding in rocky country

3/22/2010 2:05:00 PM

hooves have greatly improved since being b arefoot. Frogs much wider.

3/21/2010 11:52:44 PM

Front where the weight is.

3/21/2010 10:56:42 PM

My horse Rosie has shoes in the front (needed) my other three are barefoot.

3/21/2010 6:11:08 PM

We have big Percherons and we shoe them according to where they will be ridden. Barefoot now.

3/21/2010 5:50:10 PM

Trimmed in balance and every 7 weeks and they have never been heathier.

3/21/2010 5:48:54 PM

I have 8 minis - good feet, all!

3/21/2010 4:41:58 PM

24 hr turnout in lg pasture setting

3/21/2010 1:47:19 PM

shoes on the front to balance his conformational uneven hoof structure and even the load

3/21/2010 9:12:32 AM

Shoes or not depends mainly on terrain the equine is worked on.Shoes can aid recovery period.

3/21/2010 5:01:34 AM

when a horse wears shoes its like not letting the blood flow properly

3/21/2010 1:58:27 AM

never has had shoes on a day in his life and has the best feet my trimmer has ever seen.

3/20/2010 9:41:10 PM

when you have thin horn it is less painful to wear shoes than to get abcesses

3/20/2010 9:06:04 PM

front shoes in the warm months if toe cracks are present

3/20/2010 6:30:54 PM

One with chronic laminitis and one with ringbone wear shoes to the fore. Teh Mustang is barefoot

3/20/2010 6:09:01 PM

I Ride TOO much to not shoe, they do not grow enough to make up for the wear

3/20/2010 4:13:28 PM

BAREFOOT the Naural way

3/20/2010 3:14:00 PM

In the summer my horse wears shoes on all hoofs in winter hes barefooted!

3/20/2010 2:22:57 PM

Both my retiree and my come-along horse are shod only in front. Do fine, but I have a great farrier

3/20/2010 11:05:53 AM

I have minis, and none of them have hoof issues requiring shoes.

3/20/2010 8:20:22 AM

My mare has great hoofs, but when we go trail riding I do use boots on her front feet.

3/20/2010 7:32:25 AM

Im lucky enough to have horses with good feet. In the past I have had to shoe my horses

3/20/2010 5:11:52 AM

Ice cleats in the winter, in Alaska

3/20/2010 3:46:47 AM

Natural Barefoot Trimming and booting if necessary is the BEST thing you could EVER do for your hors

3/19/2010 11:03:43 PM

since i am unable to find a ferrier that can laterally balance my horse she is barefoot

3/19/2010 10:34:35 PM

trimmed every 6-8 weeks depending on season. Use boa boots on front for trailriding

3/19/2010 10:03:51 PM

hoof boots on some

3/19/2010 8:04:19 PM

My boy needs corrective shoeing so barefoot is not an option

3/19/2010 7:24:58 PM

The ONLY time I have ever had problems with my horse's hooves was when he wore shoes.

3/19/2010 6:53:35 PM

Think about it-nailing metal shoes into a live foot

3/19/2010 6:42:57 PM

his hoof quality greatly improved since he's been transitioned to barefootedness

3/19/2010 4:36:09 PM

A horse has perfected the design of the hoof to be a first rate shock absorber

3/19/2010 4:21:48 PM

I have a great journeyman farrier - he's kept all my horses' feet in great shape with shoes

3/19/2010 3:59:56 PM

Barefoot, Renegade boots for endurance competitions.

3/19/2010 3:06:20 PM

rarely shoes all around due to kicking pasture mates concerns

3/19/2010 2:11:42 PM

no shoes in the winter

3/19/2010 2:03:48 PM

Shoes but will be going barefoot from now on.

3/19/2010 1:23:48 PM

WHERE I BOARD our horses they r alllnot shoed do too the condition"s there is no need for them too b

3/19/2010 1:23:17 PM

Shoed hooves were crumbly, heels contracted. Barefoot - strong hooves, boots for trail riding.

3/19/2010 12:58:34 PM

Therapeutic shoes other horse barefoot

3/19/2010 12:21:10 PM

My Arab gelding has abeen barefoot for three years. Used to fuss badly for farrier, now is a lamb.

3/19/2010 11:39:29 AM

If it aint broke, don't fix it!

3/19/2010 11:06:07 AM

used to wear shoes, caused too many problems, now only barefoot with boots as needed

3/19/2010 11:03:03 AM

Peruvian Pasos have great feet!

3/19/2010 10:57:55 AM

Barefoot Rules! Finding a good local barefoot farrier is the issue.

3/19/2010 8:22:06 AM

WE drive our horses and they need the extra protection when on the roads

3/19/2010 8:14:13 AM

Proper trimming for hoof mechanism allows us to compete barefoot in h/j, dressage, eventing & trail

3/19/2010 12:15:20 AM

Barefoot x 3yrs and doing superb. Surefooted

3/18/2010 11:10:09 PM

I use Easyboots only when needed. They are much healthier than they ever been.

3/18/2010 10:19:53 PM

I shoe the riding horses in the front and the young are bare foot.

3/18/2010 10:02:32 PM

he hasn't worn shoes for about 15 years and he is now 24 years old

3/18/2010 8:59:40 PM

My horses live on dirt, ride on rock. They need shoes when ridden.

3/18/2010 8:31:10 PM

Since we live in a 4 season climate it's not necessary to shoe in winter. Only saddle horse get shoe

3/18/2010 7:44:03 PM

protective boots worn when on gravel

3/18/2010 7:43:07 PM

no shoes in winter, just fronts, all around or none as needed

3/18/2010 5:43:20 PM

shoes are removed in the winter when there is a lot of snow and ice

3/18/2010 5:28:15 PM

natural mustang roll not pasture trim

3/18/2010 5:28:00 PM

The mare is barefoot-great feet, the gelding has front shoes-soft, white hooves

3/18/2010 5:05:41 PM

Varies by horse & season. Usually front shoes only in winter months

3/18/2010 4:38:52 PM

with METICULOUS barefoot trim & boots at first ,all the horse I"ve tried have healthy, bare feet-

3/18/2010 4:23:08 PM

Shoes only when needed. bare allows the best health and development

3/18/2010 4:16:37 PM

Barefoot while FL during winter, equiflex shoes during summer and fall in mountains, endurance horse

3/18/2010 3:48:13 PM

Horses don't need shoes

3/18/2010 3:34:14 PM

shoes on front for support, barefoot behind

3/18/2010 1:41:58 PM

maybe boots later

3/18/2010 1:26:08 PM

I've had more issues with shoes on. Less problems with bare feet and regular trimming.

3/18/2010 1:17:41 PM

Much better solution

3/18/2010 1:13:00 PM

Good Feed/Good Suppliments/Good breeding=Great Feet

3/18/2010 11:46:53 AM

he wears front shoes during show season and gets them pulled in the winter.

3/18/2010 10:49:08 AM

Shoes are too expensive. My husband even does all the hoof trimming that needs to be done.

3/18/2010 10:18:11 AM

barefoot in winter & shod for competing or trail riding

3/18/2010 8:24:50 AM

After the show season, my farrier pulls their shoes for the winter to have new hoof for new show sea

3/18/2010 8:16:27 AM

barefoot is the only way to go. if you love your horse you'll take the time to learn how their hoof

3/18/2010 7:34:24 AM

Why ruin good feet with shoes?

3/18/2010 7:17:41 AM

hard apaloosa white feet, mustang trim every 8 weeks

3/18/2010 2:03:38 AM

I keep them shoeless until they start working

3/17/2010 11:59:14 PM

so far he doesn't need them yet. Has good walls, and is a dressage horse only.

3/17/2010 11:52:56 PM

barefoot for almost 8 years and doing great

3/17/2010 11:03:25 PM

My horse is unable to do the trails so no need for shoes.

3/17/2010 10:56:13 PM

I do barrel racing ang gykhana, so these are a must!

3/17/2010 10:26:24 PM

we focus on trimming for the individual, toes back promoting heel support.

3/17/2010 9:52:58 PM

most of my horses go barefoot, wearing renegade boots on trails where needed.

3/17/2010 9:25:50 PM

Shoes from spring to fall for showing and trail riding then pull them for the winter

3/17/2010 9:11:06 PM

Rode on sandy soil, and hooves were trimmed every six week with no problems.

3/17/2010 9:08:37 PM

He's 31 and not ridden. He wore shoes when he was a younger show horse.

3/17/2010 8:54:54 PM

owner of 2 horse 1 has shoes on the front other is barefoot

3/17/2010 8:27:44 PM

I pull shoes in winter

3/17/2010 8:05:41 PM

I have a wonderful natural trim farrier!

3/17/2010 7:17:46 PM

glue on

3/17/2010 7:12:07 PM

When we are riding in the spring summer and fall shoes on all, then off for winter break.

3/17/2010 7:02:07 PM

Careful balancing, mustad shoes, & pour in pads restored my pony's health/soundness. Do what works.

3/17/2010 6:38:29 PM

have 7 horses;only show horses get shoes, usually in front and only during show season.

3/17/2010 6:05:57 PM

I do endurance riding and use renegade boots, my horses'

3/17/2010 5:55:47 PM

All of my performance horses are barefoot and trimmed by a certified natural hoof care trimmer.

3/17/2010 5:51:22 PM

Barefoot natural hoof care

3/17/2010 5:47:01 PM

Natural barefoot trim

3/17/2010 5:40:28 PM

I have all three

3/17/2010 5:26:21 PM

My horses play polo and do jumping barefoot. A great farrier that understands barefoot trims the key

3/17/2010 5:08:32 PM

fall and winter ...No Shoes as we ride in snow and there may be some ice. Summer, shoes for racehor

3/17/2010 4:41:03 PM

Front shoes during the riding season (5 months)

3/17/2010 4:05:44 PM

Rio, 20 yr old quarter horse , barefoot 1 year. Doing great & healthy feet.

3/17/2010 3:46:10 PM

One totally shoeless and one fronts only

3/17/2010 3:44:06 PM

Never had shoes on and does everything without a days lameness !

3/17/2010 3:42:29 PM

More healthy horses, more healthy hooves, happy horses and happy humans !

3/17/2010 3:27:45 PM

Going to get hoofboots for rough terrain

3/17/2010 3:23:23 PM

Front shoes go on if we are riding on rocky trails... BF most of time!

3/17/2010 3:11:31 PM

My horse loves his Old Mac Boots!! every rocky ride!

3/17/2010 3:07:07 PM

barefoot, but with 'boots' for rough ground

3/17/2010 3:04:28 PM

unless there is a medical reason for putting a shoe on (damaged sole)

3/17/2010 3:02:35 PM

Barefoot for now on soft ground.

3/17/2010 3:02:09 PM

3 daily riders shod 1 only on front. Ocasional mounts go barefoot. Shoes before any parades.

3/17/2010 2:59:29 PM

intra ocular pressure

3/17/2010 2:43:48 PM

Barefoot is the healthiest for the horse, unless specific work loads are destroying the hoof.

3/17/2010 2:39:09 PM

Taken off every six weeks and trimmed

3/17/2010 2:34:10 PM

Summer, front shoes Winter, no shoes

3/17/2010 2:19:57 PM

2 HORSES ALL THE WAY AROUND THE ONE I'M TRAINING IS BAREFOOT, FOR NOW

3/17/2010 2:17:48 PM

only one wears front shoes, my trail riding mare. All others go barefoot.

3/17/2010 2:15:02 PM

Barefoot in the winter

3/17/2010 2:07:56 PM

I have 4 horses.2 quarter horses, one paint and one pony. They all go barefoot and most have never h

3/17/2010 2:00:31 PM

If I can learn to trim my own TB mare's hooves ANYONE can!

3/17/2010 1:51:07 PM

I have two horses and are both barefoot, they are more sound than with shoes...Happy ponies!

3/17/2010 1:42:06 PM

booted on the front for trails

3/17/2010 1:39:41 PM

Barefoot is best whenever possible - the foot can function as designed.

3/17/2010 1:28:59 PM

I have 4 horses. 2 wear shoes on all 4's and i wears bar shoes on the front only. 1 bare all around.

3/17/2010 1:01:37 PM

both barefoot in winter; retired horse is barefoot all the way

3/17/2010 12:55:20 PM

2 Tbreds with previously bad shod feet.Now bare with boots for work.Great feet now!

3/17/2010 12:35:30 PM

All 5 of my horses are barefoot unless they show any signs of needing shoes (wear, need of support)

3/17/2010 12:16:20 PM

TW gelding front shoes 3 seasons, barefoot in winter. Morgan mare barefoot all year. Great feet.

3/17/2010 12:13:21 PM

I try to keep my horses as "natural" as possible.

3/17/2010 12:08:52 PM

Tried going barefoot but after some problems both my vet & farrier agreed she should be shod.

3/17/2010 12:08:40 PM

shoes only on the front

3/17/2010 12:02:57 PM

front only

3/17/2010 12:02:13 PM

I use Easycare Edge boots for trail riding

3/17/2010 11:52:31 AM

I use EasyGloves when out on rough trails. Saves lots of money on farrier bills! Healthy feet, too.

3/17/2010 11:50:07 AM

I have one with full shoes, and two without shoes. I hate the new crazy "Barefoot" trend!

3/17/2010 11:49:57 AM

She is in mare pasture & that is policy for safety.

3/17/2010 11:37:13 AM

I go by my farrier's recommendation, barefoot for now

3/17/2010 11:36:57 AM

my two retired horses go barefoot all the time while my riding horses only go barefoot in the winte

3/17/2010 11:16:12 AM

Barefoot horses build a solid foot.

3/17/2010 11:13:26 AM

Never pick up a foot without a rasp in the hand. Minimum, pick up (& pick out) feet every other day.

3/17/2010 11:08:55 AM

I have Icelandics. Best hooves in the horse world

3/17/2010 11:02:31 AM

I shoe in the summer, and go barefoot in the winter

3/17/2010 10:54:16 AM

my training horses all have shoes, the broodmares and colts are barefoot

3/17/2010 10:50:46 AM

no shoes in the winter

3/17/2010 10:43:33 AM

I will put on front boots if rocky conditions

3/17/2010 10:31:49 AM

varies by horse,not all can go barefoot

3/17/2010 10:27:04 AM

I believe that leaving my horses barefoot is better for them as it is natural to them

3/17/2010 10:25:10 AM

My Walkers are going on second year being barefoot.

3/17/2010 10:22:14 AM

Ever since she had laminitis, we have had to shoe her front feet.

3/17/2010 10:17:51 AM

Because I live in Michigan my horses are only shoed during show season and then removed

3/17/2010 10:07:04 AM

barefoot = a healthy, natural foot

3/17/2010 10:06:09 AM

even my TB is barefoot, despite my farrier's talk of him needing shoes "eventually"

3/17/2010 9:51:17 AM

1.Hoof adapts to worklife.2.Horse recovered from sinking founder w/o shoes and pads.

3/17/2010 9:45:21 AM

shoes on for riding season, off for winter & spring vacation

3/17/2010 9:44:00 AM

Their feet stay much healthier. We have experience with all four above.

3/17/2010 9:42:03 AM

Barefoot - basically retired older horses

3/17/2010 9:32:52 AM

performance barefoot trim - "pasture trim" is not the same thing!

3/17/2010 9:30:41 AM

I have now 3 barefoot horses. I wish I had done so sooner! healthiest they have ever been.

3/17/2010 9:21:47 AM

It is more natural for the horse.

3/17/2010 9:20:04 AM

Mares and young horses are barefoot until hard training then they get shoes on the front.

3/17/2010 9:14:57 AM

SHOES ARE EVIL

3/17/2010 9:12:25 AM

ONe horse has to have special shoes, a thoroughbred. The other can go barefoot but I shoe him.

3/17/2010 8:59:36 AM

I have a fantastic natural barefoot trimmer. She has transformed my horses feet!

3/17/2010 8:58:54 AM

shoe only when needed

3/17/2010 8:52:29 AM

A horse has 5 hearts and when you shoe you take away 4

3/17/2010 8:43:15 AM

who can afford shoes?

3/17/2010 8:23:15 AM

Actually, two barfoot and one with fronts.

3/17/2010 7:49:14 AM

When needed I use Old Macs to protect my horses hooves.

3/17/2010 7:48:04 AM

retired horses are barefoot,working horses on front unless there is a problem

3/17/2010 7:45:56 AM

We shoe only as needed. Luckily, all our home-bred Morgans have excellent hooves.

3/17/2010 7:44:18 AM

I am a barefoot trimmer & any horse can perform well barefooted as long as given time to acclimate.

3/17/2010 7:35:52 AM

We have the most awesome barefoot farrier, few rocks and good Qtr H hooves

3/17/2010 6:44:51 AM

Pulled his shoes when I got him at 3. He has big beautiful feet

3/17/2010 5:46:36 AM

Went barefoot after years of problems with my horse's feet and wish I had done it years ago.

3/17/2010 3:15:40 AM

We use hoof boots for endurance rides and rocky training rides.

3/17/2010 3:12:26 AM

Shod all around April-Oct... barefoot winter. Retired guy, barefoot with front boots on rides (rare)

3/17/2010 3:08:18 AM

Barefoot-lucky to have hard, black hooves (foxtrotter)

3/17/2010 3:06:07 AM

Tried the barefoot way for over a year on never-shod horse. It didn't work.

3/17/2010 2:50:06 AM

Barefoot Baby!!! (with boots on really rocky trails)

3/17/2010 2:46:20 AM

heavy horses,about 2000 pounds,5 years old never shod pulling carriages

3/17/2010 2:09:09 AM

Barefoot since 10 - now 23. No problems with jumping or dressage - great $ savings

3/17/2010 1:24:08 AM

shoes in the summer

3/17/2010 1:18:13 AM

times 2 horses

3/17/2010 1:13:11 AM

Mustang says it all

3/17/2010 12:49:21 AM

all ten of my horses go barefoot

3/17/2010 12:39:25 AM

Our horses (Morgan and Mustang) have never been shod and do very well. I use boots when necessary.

3/17/2010 12:37:39 AM

n/a 2 TBs w/front shoes year round; 1 AWS & 1 RID barefoot year round

3/17/2010 12:28:54 AM

I have 10 horse, all barefoot with natural trims I do myself

3/17/2010 12:25:27 AM

He's an ex-racehorse, dressage, and eventer. When I got him his heels were collapsed and unbalanced

3/16/2010 11:59:14 PM

barefoot since 1995 - feet and legs wonderfully healthy

3/16/2010 11:58:44 PM

When and if shoes are needed is determined on a horse by horse accessment.

3/16/2010 11:46:41 PM

I use easyboots on the front for trail riding.

3/16/2010 11:45:20 PM

We barefoot and boot if we ride in terrain that they are not accustom to. Healthier and cheaper

3/16/2010 11:36:37 PM

Only reason being is the way his feet wear unevenly

3/16/2010 11:34:47 PM

Barefoot unless corrective shoeing is needed

3/16/2010 11:32:26 PM

Barefoot, but wears Renegades for trail rides!!

3/16/2010 11:32:03 PM

www.healthehoof.com

3/16/2010 11:30:14 PM

SHOES ABSOLUTELY! Terrain here doesn't allow for going without them.

3/16/2010 11:28:04 PM

road work during summer wears off feet faster than they grow

3/16/2010 11:25:37 PM

I have 3 horses, one w/4 shoes, one w/front shoes, and one barefoot!/

3/16/2010 11:19:06 PM

Small hoofs and mild club-foot, but by going barefoot (for the last year), hoofs are much healthier!

3/16/2010 11:15:11 PM

Shoes & pads correct coffin bone rotation post founder. She's sound again.

3/16/2010 11:10:51 PM

mY Horses are barefoot and if I am going to ride in a rocky or unknown area, I use easy boots

3/16/2010 11:10:39 PM

Barefoot is the ONLY way to get the horse's hoof to function the way nature intended!

3/16/2010 11:05:58 PM

Barefoot and the healthiest their hooves have ever been!

3/16/2010 11:02:41 PM

My morgan mare needs shoes all around or she won't grow heel.

3/16/2010 11:00:50 PM

For as long as they can, heavy work . rocky trails do require shoes.....

3/16/2010 10:58:04 PM

The Arab X has never worn shoes - great feet - does dressage. The TB has progressed to no shoes.

3/16/2010 10:55:20 PM

Shoes on in summer off in winter when it's too cold to ride.

3/16/2010 10:54:36 PM

I have 2 horses in fronts, 1 all around and 1 barefoot

3/16/2010 10:51:43 PM

My 14 yr old gelding has never had shoes..and has great feet.

3/16/2010 10:43:20 PM

I have 5 horses, 3 of them never need boots, 2 of them need boots in front only on rocky trails.

3/16/2010 10:38:17 PM

2 riding horses shod all-round, 3 broodmares barefoot

3/16/2010 10:37:53 PM

shoes in front during summer for my thoroughbred...my drafts go bare year round

3/16/2010 10:34:05 PM

3 horses & 1 Donkey barefoot. Sometimes use boots in rough terrain on riding horses

3/16/2010 10:33:21 PM

She wears shoes on all 4 from early spring until late fall.

3/16/2010 10:32:31 PM

Barefoot trimming is my profession. Started with my own horses 9 years ago.

3/16/2010 10:31:19 PM

she's 4 and we do natural hoofcare. Use boots when terrain will be harsher than at home.

3/16/2010 10:29:03 PM

Navicular diagnosis; corrective shoeing no help; barefoot and sound

3/16/2010 10:24:47 PM

My horse has excellent hooves!

3/16/2010 10:15:20 PM

My mare is never shod but my gelding is during the summer and fall.

3/16/2010 10:14:36 PM

good hooves require blanced trims, based on use and footing travelled....

3/16/2010 10:11:04 PM

Both are barefoot right now. I sometimes have front shoes but only rear once for a 50 mile ride in

3/16/2010 10:04:50 PM

barefoot is great! I ride over 20 miles at a time on arkansas rocks allmost every weekend.

3/16/2010 10:02:56 PM

corrective shoes for navicular disease

3/16/2010 9:41:59 PM

My 8 year old Lipizzan gelding has been barefoot all his life, competes in dressage and hacks out.

3/16/2010 9:41:49 PM

lots of trouble with "good" farriers so off came shoes. Trouble with "good" trimmers so I trim now.

3/16/2010 9:39:04 PM

Pulled his shoesm he loves going barefoot, much better for him, I ride him everyday, no problems.

3/16/2010 9:21:20 PM

25 years old & not ridden much

3/16/2010 9:09:36 PM

Tried to go barefoot, but it didn't work for my horse. Would love to if I had a horse that could.

3/16/2010 8:59:21 PM

I'll never go back to shod! barefoot is the way to go.

3/16/2010 8:56:30 PM

Pete Ramey Trims and never any shoes

3/16/2010 8:55:35 PM

we don't have many rocks, so barefoot always; i would use easy boots if rocks were an issue

3/16/2010 8:54:06 PM

My horses are all retired

3/16/2010 8:46:56 PM

1 horse 4 shoes

3/16/2010 8:44:51 PM

Only use a knowledgable barefoot trimmer

3/16/2010 8:43:28 PM

I have four horses and only two wear corrective front shoes

3/16/2010 8:39:41 PM

but when I go were there is rocky grounds like missouri my farrier tells me to shoe if you want to r

3/16/2010 8:38:59 PM

shoes in the summer as we trail ride in some rocky areas

3/16/2010 8:32:16 PM

All 6 of my horses' are barefoot and I am a trained hoofcare professional taught by Dr. H. Strasser

3/16/2010 8:29:35 PM

I want healthier feet and better traction

3/16/2010 8:28:09 PM

Barefoot all the way-- but has shoes on all 4 right now due to suspensory problems and needing suppo

3/16/2010 8:23:49 PM

she's a mini

3/16/2010 8:19:42 PM

barefoot is better for the horse

3/16/2010 8:15:26 PM

I would put shoes on ONLY if there was a serious med. condition.

3/16/2010 8:06:13 PM

My mare has never worn shoes. I think they are over-used.

3/16/2010 8:05:29 PM

My young thoroughbred is barefoot all the time. My draft cross wears front shoes in the summer.

3/16/2010 8:02:53 PM

We live in a very wet climate, the hoof never has a chance to get hard 6 months out of the year.

3/16/2010 7:46:32 PM

Some need shoes, some don't.

3/16/2010 7:45:58 PM

on in the spring off in the fall/winter

3/16/2010 7:44:40 PM

Out of 26 horses at our stable, only 2 wear shoes. One is an eventer, the other has stifle issues.

3/16/2010 7:34:23 PM

Wild Horse/Natural Trim

3/16/2010 7:32:26 PM

Have a 31-year-old Quarter gelding who has always gone barefoot, sand crack now has front shoes

3/16/2010 7:16:38 PM

my working and training horses get od all the way around ..

3/16/2010 7:11:07 PM

Barefoot is best!

3/16/2010 7:05:06 PM

6 Horses and a Jack

3/16/2010 7:03:37 PM

Our horses need shoes for excessive wear on hooves by rocky and sandy ground to prevent overwear.

3/16/2010 6:59:25 PM

Four of my five horses barefoot. Fifth shoes on front only.

3/16/2010 6:58:55 PM

My horses are out on pasture all the time. With lots of snow in winter, no shoes in winter.

3/16/2010 6:57:48 PM

Wish he could be barefoot always though...

3/16/2010 6:53:12 PM

As a retired pasture horse, he gets regular trims but no shoes

3/16/2010 6:52:41 PM

they're minis ^^

3/16/2010 6:50:02 PM

Shoes all around during working season (summer/fall), barefoot rest of year

3/16/2010 6:46:51 PM

1 horse shows all the way, 1 horse no shoes

3/16/2010 6:42:31 PM

Shoes all the way around on 1 horse and the other goes barefoot.

3/16/2010 6:41:03 PM

My horse had feet issues when I got him & we're working on being able to go barefoot one day I hope

3/16/2010 6:35:12 PM

tough/hard Arabian feet!

3/16/2010 6:28:25 PM

all 3 are barefoot, we live 50% inCA and 50% in WI. use easy boots if the trails are extremely rock

3/16/2010 6:26:30 PM

All 6 of them are barefoot unless shoes are needed for corrective issues or special trails

3/16/2010 6:26:08 PM

Just avoid clips on the shoes. They can be dangerous to the horse if it tears the shoe off.

3/16/2010 6:20:16 PM

He's always in the pasture no need for shoes at present

3/16/2010 6:17:17 PM

all my horses have been barefoot for 8 years and doing great

3/16/2010 6:14:49 PM

Barefoot, jumping, on the trail, in the pasture, always has been, always will be.

3/16/2010 6:10:20 PM

Have never put shoes on behind. Only in the front if needed.

3/16/2010 6:08:47 PM

1 of my 3 needs shoes on her front hooves. She has very weak front hooves that crack w/out them.

3/16/2010 6:02:20 PM

Natural trim works best for all our horses and mules with easy boots when traveling over rocky trail

3/16/2010 6:02:17 PM

Shod in front from April thru November. Barefoot for winter.

3/16/2010 6:02:05 PM

I go for the natural barefoot trim. Very balanced.

3/16/2010 6:00:42 PM

Old, not ridden anymore & lives where shoes are totally unnecessary

3/16/2010 5:57:11 PM

depends on the terrain and work load

3/16/2010 5:55:01 PM

for show horses;work horses do fine with just fronts

3/16/2010 5:54:29 PM

Easyboots while riding out on the trail

3/16/2010 5:52:19 PM

She has feet of steel!

3/16/2010 5:51:04 PM

of my 11 horses, only one wears shoes on the front, as he gets tender when working.

3/16/2010 5:43:21 PM

Use Epic boots when rocky terrain

3/16/2010 5:34:46 PM

2 are barefoot. 2 have front shoes only.

3/16/2010 5:34:42 PM

not rabid about either, whatever works best

3/16/2010 5:31:43 PM

After personally studying the topic in-depth, I am convinced my horses are FAR better off barefoot!

3/16/2010 5:31:36 PM

I'll shoe all the way around if riding in rocky country. I don't want a sore horse!

3/16/2010 5:30:03 PM

should be varies be reason. I have 10 horses, so in reality, it depends

3/16/2010 5:26:35 PM

Tried barefoot, but he wears the hoof away too fast when he's in work.

3/16/2010 5:24:29 PM

Barefoot makes them happy.They wear hoof boots on the trail and are very comfy in them.

3/16/2010 5:18:00 PM

The more natural the better.

3/16/2010 5:16:16 PM

Improper management of horses most often instills the belief that horses "need" shoes

3/16/2010 5:16:02 PM

I have had amazing results with monthly Barefoot trims and boots on front feet for rocky terrain.

3/16/2010 5:15:12 PM

depends on hoof condition and performance expectations

3/16/2010 5:14:59 PM

My 3 yo colt owes his life to Pete Ramey's instruction. No more shoes for us!

3/16/2010 5:14:46 PM

Including competitive trail riding

3/16/2010 5:14:42 PM

I hate those holes that the nails from the shoes make.

3/16/2010 5:11:20 PM

If trail footing is bad, I put on "Simple Boots", otherwise all six of my horses are barefoot.

3/16/2010 5:10:20 PM

all our horses have been barefoot for 2 years and are doing well

3/16/2010 5:07:02 PM

Have 10 horses - 8 all barefoot, 2 due to hoof issues have shoes on front only

3/16/2010 5:06:53 PM

barefoot, she is a pasture pony

3/16/2010 5:04:23 PM

we have coral rock to ride on and need shoes

3/16/2010 5:03:27 PM

Hoof boots are absolutely necessary for thos in transition or for rougher terrain than they live on

3/16/2010 5:01:55 PM

barefoot in winter, shoes all around spring, summer, and fall.

3/16/2010 5:00:26 PM

3 - 8 yr olds barefoot; 1 Sr 25 year front only; 1 4 yr old in training shod all 4

3/16/2010 4:59:27 PM

I trim my own horses. For longer rides they wear hoof boots all around.

3/16/2010 4:53:45 PM

I've had horses for 50 years and they have always been barefoot, it's healthier for the hoof.

3/16/2010 4:52:55 PM

Both of my gaited horses, 7 yrs. & 19 yrs., have been barefoot for the last 4 & 5 years.

3/16/2010 4:52:44 PM

I leave all my horses barefoot at least 90 days a year, it seems to really help their feet, and heel

3/16/2010 4:52:36 PM

miniatue horses do not wear shoes.

3/16/2010 4:52:11 PM

Went barefoot 18 months ago. Will never go back to shoes.

3/16/2010 4:51:23 PM

I have my horses go barefoot whenever possible but not always possible.

3/16/2010 4:49:50 PM

Front shoes only on 3 of my horses...my 3 yr old is still barefoot.

3/16/2010 4:48:10 PM

shoes for show season, then barefoot

3/16/2010 4:39:53 PM

I will never iron shoe again, when needed easyboot gloves are the way to go!

3/16/2010 4:39:25 PM

Both of my horses are much older and not ridden, so no shoes.

3/16/2010 4:37:32 PM

none of my 15 ponies and horses have had shoes in the last 30 years

3/16/2010 4:35:40 PM

Wouldnt think of shoeing my horse. He has lovely feet

3/16/2010 4:31:45 PM

Arizona's ground is rocky why put tender feet on those rocks

3/16/2010 4:30:55 PM

plus hoof-boots

3/16/2010 4:30:27 PM

shoes only in front in summer

3/16/2010 4:26:47 PM

competition horse has all 4-retired horse is barefoot

3/16/2010 4:26:22 PM

For over 6 years now. Even when trail riding their feet are solid with no problems.

3/16/2010 4:25:33 PM

barefoot is preferred but hoof problems require shoes in front over summer - barefoot over winter

3/16/2010 4:20:33 PM

we do riding in the mountains of MT and 3 of our horses get shoes from June to Oct

3/16/2010 4:19:19 PM

one with fronts only unless showing the second barefoot

3/16/2010 4:18:13 PM

Great feet! Alimar is an Arabian. He does dressage & trail riding.

3/16/2010 4:18:00 PM

4 shoes w/Vettec pads in front, tapped for removeable studs when competing (driving w/carriage)

3/16/2010 4:16:02 PM

I'd rather provide good nutritial,then spend the money on shoes.

3/16/2010 4:15:15 PM

It took 18 months of fixing her diet, but it was worth it

3/16/2010 4:14:28 PM

Just took his front shoes off this december

3/16/2010 4:09:40 PM

one shod on all; two are barefoot

3/16/2010 4:09:36 PM

all three have great feet

3/16/2010 4:08:54 PM

never had shoes and never will. I trim him myself

3/16/2010 4:08:03 PM

How about all of the above? I have 8 horses. Some with no shoes, some with 4 shoes, some with 2.

3/16/2010 4:04:40 PM

Has had shoes for rocky conditions; not needed most of the time.

3/16/2010 4:04:39 PM

we know it's best for the horse , if needed we use boots

3/16/2010 4:03:09 PM

Hooves and frogs have improved since I pulled the shoes

3/16/2010 4:02:52 PM

The few times my horse needs shoes, I substitute hoof boots. Why put holes in a healthy foot?

3/16/2010 3:59:59 PM

barefoot as God intended. Shoes only during heavy riding,endurance

3/16/2010 3:59:27 PM

usde to be barefoot until she developed white line and mild case of laminitis, now in heartbar shoes

3/16/2010 3:57:07 PM

2 of my horses have been barefoot their whole lives.

3/16/2010 3:53:53 PM

Will shoe if I start riding more or harder.

3/16/2010 3:51:38 PM

Shoes all around when working & barefoot in winter when layed off.

3/16/2010 3:50:58 PM

I have four and I trim them myself. They wear boots if need be.

3/16/2010 3:48:11 PM

4 shoes and pads. Laminitis 8 years ago. Sounds shod like this.

3/16/2010 3:46:41 PM

Front shoes in Spring-Fall

3/16/2010 3:46:06 PM

shoes are superfluous for my horses

3/16/2010 3:45:52 PM

shoes only if needed short term

3/16/2010 3:45:36 PM

Use Old Mac boots if we know the footing will be rough or we need to be on pavement a lot.

3/16/2010 3:45:11 PM

Barefoot but if we are going over rough terrain he gets hoof boots!!

3/16/2010 3:43:05 PM

Most of my horses are barefoot unless in heavy steady work, or if needed they get shoes in front.

3/16/2010 3:40:28 PM

My mare fortunately has good feet so can go barefoot.

3/16/2010 3:39:45 PM

Renegade hoof boots for rocky riding

3/16/2010 3:37:10 PM

My 21 yr. old QH mare that I compete with during the late spring to late fall has shoes on the front

3/16/2010 3:36:56 PM

No shoes for 20 years -occasional booting when riding in mountains.

3/16/2010 3:34:38 PM

Boots on the fronts when needed

3/16/2010 3:34:24 PM

1 navicular horse front shoes-1 barefoot-1 shod depends on season-1 shod all around all yr

3/16/2010 3:33:58 PM

All four of my horses are bare, boots if needed.

3/16/2010 3:33:26 PM

My paso fino has black rock hard feet. I am fortunate he does!

3/16/2010 3:33:15 PM

all our trail horses, even the Thoroughbreds, and we ride everywhere

3/16/2010 3:32:54 PM

Horses were never meant to wear shoes. mustangs do not wear them!

3/16/2010 3:31:49 PM

Barefoot - every breed and every discipline!

3/16/2010 3:31:45 PM

Both horses are 26 and just pasture potatoes. So no shoes. Trim every 6 weeks.

3/16/2010 3:31:19 PM

Best thing I did for my horse, especially since I have a professional barefoot trimmer once a month.

3/16/2010 3:30:10 PM

I have 3 horses that I trail ride - none ever get shod, but have regular trims.

3/16/2010 3:29:47 PM

No shoes in the winter.

3/16/2010 3:28:56 PM

All eight of our quarter horses go barefoot. A few rescues are in boots.

3/16/2010 3:27:09 PM

I live in the uk where road work on metalled roads is a necessity for a lot of horse owners

3/16/2010 3:23:26 PM

barefoot with hoof boots for the trail

3/16/2010 3:23:18 PM

For the amount and type of riding, it is unnecessary.

3/16/2010 3:22:33 PM

The feet have improved significantly since going barefoot!

3/16/2010 3:21:40 PM

ride alot, have rocky pasture, farrier loves my horses feet...one did not go barefoot untill 14..gre

3/16/2010 3:21:33 PM

horses not ridden in winter saves some cash

3/16/2010 3:15:27 PM

Paso finos go barefoot unless showing or on hard surfaces

3/16/2010 3:15:09 PM

My Belgian draft is barefoot.

3/16/2010 3:10:09 PM

Shoes in summer, barefoot in winter

3/16/2010 3:07:50 PM

We do use Boa Boots when trail riding in rocky areas.

3/16/2010 3:04:21 PM

one horse is always barefoot and the other wears shoes seasonally

3/16/2010 2:59:43 PM

I use renegade boots for endurance rides.

3/16/2010 2:56:43 PM

if any, on the front

3/16/2010 2:56:34 PM

My horses are seen every 4 weeks by an equine podiatrist. I would put shoes on if they needed them.

3/16/2010 2:54:54 PM

My old horse wears shoes on his front feet only because he is footsore without them.

3/16/2010 2:54:34 PM

Front shoes only

3/16/2010 2:53:26 PM

If dry summer, fronts added to old TB because his hooves chip & split

3/16/2010 2:53:12 PM

In PA Mtns shoes are a must. Give them a break over winter. Too icy in the mtns to ride much.

3/16/2010 2:52:13 PM

I trim my drafts myself and I'm a lady. U can 2!

3/16/2010 2:51:17 PM

Depends on his work load and if he has them, it's only on the front

3/16/2010 2:50:25 PM

all 8 horses w/ no shoes.We put "sneakers" on their fronts when on the road.We are saving on farrier

3/16/2010 2:47:45 PM

boot for trails with lots of rock

3/16/2010 2:47:23 PM

had contracted hooves and frogs, went barefoot and condition improved in one year

3/16/2010 2:45:32 PM

natural trim on all three horses every 4-6 weeks - varied terrian pasture/creek/woods 24/7

3/16/2010 2:45:13 PM

Perfect feet according to my shoer. If it ain't broke,don't fix it.

3/16/2010 2:43:54 PM

Front only late spring through fall

3/16/2010 2:42:54 PM

BAREFOOT Horse Care - TWH sound and gaited! I can't believe how dumb I was all those years.

3/16/2010 2:42:06 PM

we use EasyCare Gloves for trails

3/16/2010 2:41:58 PM

She's an Arabian

3/16/2010 2:40:28 PM

Shoes year round, with borium on during the winter.

3/16/2010 2:40:14 PM

Unshod for 5 years - nothing but lameness issues; sound after 7 years of shoes

3/16/2010 2:40:13 PM

Two Arabs (14, 15) have always been BF. New QH is also BF; EasyBoot Gloves for the QH (10) on trail.

3/16/2010 2:38:15 PM

front shoes in summer, barefoot in winter

3/16/2010 2:36:22 PM

Healthy barefoot hooves!

3/16/2010 2:32:54 PM

Shoes in the front always, in back only in the summer

3/16/2010 2:31:35 PM

no need for them

3/16/2010 2:28:10 PM

I have a wonderful farrier that believes horses should be barefoot and natural

3/16/2010 2:27:10 PM

One is barefoot; one has front shoes.

3/16/2010 2:23:49 PM

Varies, according to horses needs, not season

3/16/2010 2:22:09 PM

Easy Boots when needed

3/16/2010 2:19:16 PM

When wear is greater than growth you need shoes!

3/16/2010 2:17:37 PM

Use Boa boots when necessary.

3/16/2010 2:17:14 PM

We shoe to trail ride and pull them off in the Winter.

3/16/2010 2:13:25 PM

I switched to going completely barefoot last September, my horses are doing great

3/16/2010 2:07:35 PM

I prefer barefoot and have competed barefoot, but 2 of my 4 never toughen up and need shoes

3/16/2010 1:52:42 PM

I have 4 horses, 2 go barefoot all year and 2 wear front shoes only from May to Oct.

3/16/2010 1:10:16 PM

if there aren't any issues that arise out of going barefoot

3/16/2010 12:56:19 PM

Varies by individual horse, and work load; trail riding or showing, etc

3/16/2010 11:39:14 AM

Retired and has healthy hooves. No need for shoes.

3/16/2010 10:08:27 AM

Some are barefoot, some fron only, some all around

3/16/2010 10:07:20 AM

Varies by horse. One is barefoot and one is fully shod. Different feet, different work.

3/16/2010 10:03:54 AM

coz freely 24 hr in paddock

3/16/2010 9:57:23 AM

Have transitioned our horses to natural barefoot trim. Much success even w a previous lame horse.

3/16/2010 9:33:47 AM

i feel unless there is a reason a horse needs shoes they should be bare foot.

3/16/2010 9:24:45 AM

my mares front hooves are very shelly

3/16/2010 8:31:05 AM