I am at a crossroads. My new gelding Eddie is indeed as advertised. He is gentle, trustworthy and all around a real pro. When he came to me he was not bad on weight but his nutrition left a lot to be desired. They were riding him on the coast barefoot, where everything is sand. Now that he is here is the rocky piedmont, his feet are falling apart. We think this is due to the poor diet he had (they only owned him 8 months). We will also add that our terrain is rocky, I am 100lbs heavier than his previous child rider and he is heavier, not fat, pleasure stock horse round and muscled. He is a 5 on the Heineke. He lacked muscle and top line where he was before.
My farrier is a natural trimmer, very anti shoe. He has been doing my horses for 12 years without ANY complaint.
So we put him in Cavallo treks, fit them carefully, broke them in correctly. We have been using them for over a month with and without comfort pads. He hates them, I hate them. It hurts my back to put them on. He moves "differently " in them, not the flat kneed, reaching stride we see on soft ground without them. ( You know the movement I paid a lot of money for) He has more knee action, won’t lengthen stride and almost feels like he is paddling a bit. No boots needed in the rear.
So, coach and I are convinced he needs front shoes. He was wearing aluminum ultra light racing plates when he was last shown successfully in breed shows .He cannot show in with my hunter barn in hoof boots, my local show series won’t allow them in pleasure classes and frankly they are pain that makes us both frustrated.
We are not sure he will need them forever, so I am thinking of going with a nail on flexible shoe like the easy shoe that will let the hoof expand naturally. Anyone used these? Glue on or nail? How often did you reset? He is needing done every five weeks now.
I can have my coaches farrier put him back into aluminum and put the boots on him for Rocky trails, etc. I want him to stay with my farrier and hoping this will be a win for all, comfortable horse, light hoof damage to try barefoot next year and a horse that can actually be shown. Please wise COTH help me out!