This is the question of the century, if you own a horse!
I approached this question tonight at my USR meeting.
(Umatilla Sage Riders)
I thought maybe we could get a farrier to put on a simple
seminar to instruction the unknowing,
to be able to do necessary things when needed.
Like maybe file down my horses hoofs on a more routine schedule.
It would be like a pedicure,
keep the feet uniform.
But I found out that many horse owners do not know how to do this.
It seems that lately I have been running across websites that state
an owner should know how to do these things.
I know how to clip my dogs nails, and keep the cats nails trimmed.
I feel the need I should know how to do my own horse!
I was at a total loss this past winter when mother nature dumped a load of snow on us unexpectedly,
and I found Libby was walking on 6" stilettos of ice.
I tried to pick them out.
I was going to grease the bottoms but I could not get the snow and ice build up out.
Boy did I feel helpless.
Called a lot of farriers but they were all pretty busy because I am sure there
are many people out there that are like me.
(My farrier could not get to my house due to very bad road conditions.)
I was hoping to get in a few more days of riding before winter set in,
but it was not to be.
(Hense leaving her shoes on)
So...I guess...my decision is:
NOT TO SHOE!
I will leave it up to my farrier....
Libby loves him!
And, she instructed me to
Leave her feet alone!
And..He is very good at what he does!