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Another aspect to consider is that some horses naturally have thin soles and will always be more tender footed than another horse.
My opinion is “it depends!” Every horse and situation is different. Our OTTB came to us at age 9 right off the track. He was sound, correct, and other than hoof problems has never had a lame day and he’s now 24. He cannot go without shoes. Can’t. We tried multiple farriers and supplements and for him, this is what works — Biotin Plus every day. Keratex as needed (haven’t needed it for years but we did in the beginning) A horseshoe that is broader to give his hooves more support and clips on each shoe. He is shod all the way around and has been for years. He’s sound. He’s happy. He moves well. We used to have terrible problems with shoes tearing off…and taking hoof wall with them, cracks, abscesses, thin soles and hoof walls… Our farrier is thrilled that he now has a normal, tough, hoof wall. At his age, we are not messing with success. It may have been his age. A younger horse might be easier to transition to barefoot. For ours it didn’t work.
So great to hear all of these stories. I have always had shod horses. Shown lots on grand prix circuit. Took a few years off and recued and rehabbed a TB. Hooves were not great at keeping shoes on. People say oh my horses hooves are bad so I’m showing him??? My OTTB had great main, coat and teeth. Why not good hooves. I moved him from AZ to SC. Pulled his shoes. After 8months I did a dressage show. He was sound. We are still working on his hooves but I kept his shoes and his goods are bigger than shoes. He’s much happier. We still have work to do. He gallons in pasture and hits a root and he can feel it. Every day it’s less and less. I use keratex and Venice turpibtine. Let me know if I need other product. Internally I give him platinum performance. He never had any chips.
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