Reply To: Barefoot Thoroughbreds?

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I wouldn’t risk it – I had a wonderful Appendix gelding with great hooves, and tried taking off the back shoes for a winter, and he developed a sole abscess in a hind foot, and eventually foundered in front. After eight months of treatment, he had to be put down, which completely broke my heart – all because of not having hind shoes. We have stoney pastures too, and I’m sure that’s what caused the abscess. A friend who has Morgans, has her horses barefoot unless they are in heavy work but she still has to maintain them, and Morgans have wonderful, tough feet.