the horses i ride only have shoes in the front …….. why?

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  • horsesrule10 Original Poster horsesrule10
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    at the barn i ride at they only put shoes on the front for the horses i jump ………………. why???

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    Part of the reason may be that the front feet are getting the most pounding, and part may be that horses are turned out together in pastures. In the olden days, if we wanted our horses shod all around, they had to be turned out alone (and there wasn’t much space for that) because a kick from a shod hoof causes a lot more damage than from one that is not shod.

    It is never the horse's fault

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    60% of a horses weight is placed on the front. The more riding you do, the more wear & tear on the hooves. The fronts will naturally wear more.

    Life With Jane, (Jane) 2007 JC Thoroughbred mare "There is no secret so close as that between a rider and his horse" --Robert S. Surtees

    Joan Fry
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    Agree with both of the above. A horse’s head is exceptionally heavy for its size because it’s mostly bone. Add to that the weight of the vertebrae of the neck, and you’ll understand why the horse’s front legs carry more weight than the hind legs.

    BuckarooBleu BuckarooBleu
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    I only put front shoes on my mare. I ran her barefoot and rode her constantly, she ended up getting sore on her front end, but not her back end, and that’s how we decided on front shoes. The front end does get the most weight put on it, though some horses do need all 4 shoes

    “Horses are incredibly forgiving. They fill in places we’re not capable of filling ourselves.”

    Lucky Ducky
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    Besides for all the reasons already mentioned there maybe a medical reason as to why a horse only has front shoes. For example my 29 year old appendix gelding has navicular so he needs aluminum wedge shoes to help counter act the effects of that. Several years ago my farrier started putting wedged egg bar shoes on him. I never questioned why but figured he had his own reasons for doing so. Then back in 2013 my horse screwed up a front tendon and vet said that the egg bars were perfect for him due to the extra support that they give him. Ever since I retired him 10 years ago I have had him barefoot in the back except for a year when one of the hoof walls in the back collapsed on him and vet said he needed special shoeing in the back so had that done had gave enough time for hoof to grow out then had back shoes pulled again and no more issues in the back.

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