Reply To: Barefoot Thoroughbreds?

JerseyGirl JerseyGirl
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When I took a tb mare from the track she had shoes all the way around. Her feet were in bad condition. My farrier and I decided to take the shoes off because her feet were too brittle and nailing in shoes were only making them worse. It took about 3 to 4 weeks of growth before she wasn’t sore. If you can go to a hardware store and get Turpentine gum spirit and coat the bottom of the feet with a small paint brush; it will help harden them. **Make sure you don’t get any on the skin because it will burn. (The sticky nasty turpentine tar you can get it a feed store is complete junk in my opinion.) It has been almost 2 years since I took off the shoes and her feet are in great condition. We work in the arena jumping and go on trail rides and we don’t have any problems with sore feet..

Def give the turpentine a try.. its in the section of Lowes by paint thinner.

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