Barefoot horse suddenly sore

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  • Trail of 2 Ponies Original Poster Trail of 2 Ponies
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    My horse has been barefoot his whole life and we’ve never had problems, but lately he’s been really sensitive on the trails. I’ve hoof-tested him and there’s no signs of an abcess or strong pain, so I don’t think it’s an injury… Has this happened to anyone else?

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    Its actually very common for a barefoot horse to have ouchy feet on the trail, especially in particularly rocky or hard terrain. Typically to solve this issue, You could put hoof boots on your horse just or trail, and he will appreciate it greatly 😉 Expect him to be MUCH more lively and engaged on the trail.

    Lay-Z Loper Lay-Z Loper
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    Might be good to have your trimmer and maybe vet take a look, too. Good luck!

    Leslie Leslie
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    Is he sore all over or just one foot? If just one, it is likely there is a bruise or abscess and I would ask your trimmer to take a closer look at it.

    And I agree boots are always nice if you are riding on particularly rocky areas. Have you been on these trails before?

    You could also look into something like Durasole or Keratex hoof hardened to help toughen his soles.

    But either way, sounds like a good discussion to have with your trimmer 🙂 - handmade custom wood-burned brushes, stall signs, & portraits, etched glasses, and custom stuffed ponies

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    Is your horse still sore? If so, I have a couple ideas of what might be the problem – but first I have a few questions.

    How often does he get trimmed?
    Is he usually sore just before or soon after he gets trimmed or does his trimming schedule not seem to affect when he becomes sore?
    Has anything changed in your riding routine (less time on trails, rockier trails, etc.)?
    Could you post a picture of the bottom of his foot when he is sore (the cleaner the better)?

    Hoof boots are great for riding, but if your horse is sore there is a problem that you don’t want to cover up by using hoof boots. They are very handy to have around to trail ride a horse that has not had sufficient time to build up callous, but from the sounds of it this is not an issue for your horse.

    I hope he’s better by now, but if not I’ll try to help. 🙂

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    My barefoot mare is the same. She has great, strong feet but still picks her way across gravel or rocks. I plan to get her boots for the front.

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