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Shoeing

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Q. What type of shoes do you recommend?

A. We do not recommend or criticise any particular method, because what suits one horse or pony may not not suit another. We do say that, if shoes are fitted, they must be fitted correctly, the foot must be properly balanced and the shoes must be of the correct size for the horse. We also consider barefoot management as a positive option for patients, especially if foot health or conformation is deteriorating.

Q. Do you discuss shoeing and foot health with my farrier?

A. We are always delighted to engage in discussions about shoeing, foot health and trimming program for any patient.

Q. Can my horse be damaged by shoeing?

A. It is not natural for a horse to wear shoes. However, some horses in some circumstances appear unable to cope without shoes. The risk of damage is possibly academic if the horse is shod with the correct size/shape of shoe, with correct foot balance, with sympathetic and enlightened foot shaping when trimming and if he can spend some time in the year without shoes. Yes, the horse can be seriously damaged in a relatively short time, if these provisions are ignored.

Q. Can my horse go barefoot?

A. See barefoot.htm and FAQ_barefoot.htm.

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