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ToTheNines
Mar. 27, 2012, 04:57 PM
Just have to brag on my QH at a local show last week. He is barefoot on all four too.

My trainer riding, and she and my horse made it look so easy I have no excuses!

http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/552393_3250992688113_1665880789_2702920_561533091_ n.jpg

KateKat
Mar. 27, 2012, 04:59 PM
so cute!!

OveroHunter
Mar. 27, 2012, 05:08 PM
Nice horse!

jbonifas
Mar. 27, 2012, 05:12 PM
What a cutie pie. I use to show my Oldenburg barefoot in dressage. I just had to be careful on gravel but other that that he was great.

fordtraktor
Mar. 27, 2012, 05:31 PM
Lovely! Thanks for sharing.

Electrikk
Mar. 27, 2012, 05:57 PM
What a cutie! My mare's barefoot too, and you'd never know until we have to go across gravel.

SarahandSam
Mar. 27, 2012, 08:35 PM
Very cute! I also have a barefoot chestnut QH with a blaze and I want to do hunters with him, so this makes me happy. (:

luckeys71
Mar. 27, 2012, 10:22 PM
Very cute. I have a 16.2+hh Oldenburg who shows the PreGreens and Adults at the A shows barefoot. She barely ever even gets a crack or chip and usually is on a 5 to 6 week trim schedule. She, also, lives outside 24/7, except when she is at a show.

runwayz
Mar. 27, 2012, 10:27 PM
I remember a couple years ago the big thing was to pull the shoes before the hack class. The show farrier used to laugh at this as he stood there pulling shoes and then tacking them back on as the winner exited the arena. He made good money though! And yes, the barefoot one would usually win, that is why everyone started doing it!

lachevaline
Mar. 28, 2012, 02:21 AM
Eee, what a doll!

Just curious - how tall is he? He looks big.

Crown Royal
Mar. 28, 2012, 11:22 AM
Very cute! My 4yo OTTB goes barefoot on all four and lives out 24/7. :)

EqTrainer
Mar. 28, 2012, 11:24 AM
My six year old TB/QH is barefoot and I hope always will be. If he needs shoes, fine, but until then? Nope.

The babies we have raised never seem to need them. Interesting.

moonriverfarm
Mar. 28, 2012, 03:04 PM
LOVE me a QH that can prove people wrong. I had one many years ago who could foxhunt first flight, work cows and win in the hunter shows. She was my best friend and a once in a lifetime mare.
My OTTB is barefoot and lives out and has feet made of solid granite. He gets a trim every 10 weeks. He's the exception to the rule in TB land!

pryme_thyme
Mar. 28, 2012, 03:09 PM
How sweet! My next ideal horse will be a chestnut with a big blaze... and socks preferably.
Are you looking to sell? lol jks.

TSWJB
Mar. 28, 2012, 03:56 PM
Your horse is soooo cute! Congrats! And congrats for joining the barefoot club! I love it. My horse is barefoot. He has never had shoes! He will be 8. His feet do not crack or wear down too much. He actually self trims so the farrier doesn’t really take much off. He has the thickest hoof walls I have ever seen and his frogs are so wide and healthy and he grows a lot of frog in which he sheds himself.
I was at a show on Saturday. My first one since my broken leg from slipping on ice! Yeah! Anyway I was walking my horse across the gravel driveway in which he has no problem doing. My horse normally walks very slow. Someone comes up to me and says “your horse is like mine that is barefoot walking across the gravel. Ouch ouch ouch!” I was really offended! My horse walks like a slug anywhere, except when he is spooked! He walks like a slug across the carpeted ring I lesson in. its just him a slug. But the girl assumed my horse was ouchy across the rocks. Not at all. He has thick calluses over his soles which allow him to walk across rocks with no problem.
So my trainer heard the girl and said something under her breath about him needing a set of shoes. There is no reason for him to have shoes. He gets down the lines easily, he stays sound and his feet do not crack or wear. People just assume you need shoes if you are going to jump! Its not true for every horse! I agree that a lot of horses do need shoes due to bad feet, but I think a lot of them wouldn’t if they hadn’t had shoes to start with from a young age. I read that leaving them barefoot for as long as you can develops strong healthy feet in later life.
Anyway, I went home that day and the farrier was there and since people were saying things I had him trimmed and the farrier declared his feet to be extremely healthy and no shoes necessary. (mind you a lot of the other horses that had been barefoot for the winter were getting there shoes on for the fair weather riders!)
I love the fact that my horse is barefoot for the reason that his feet are so healthy. And it does save a lot of money too! I am hoping he never wears shoes!!!

Crazy-Pony
Mar. 28, 2012, 07:32 PM
What a cutie! My large pony is barefoot and goes wonderfully, too.

Plumcreek
Mar. 28, 2012, 09:23 PM
Nice!

Select World Show Hunters?
http://aqha.com/en/Showing/Select-World/Show-Info/Competitor-Resources/Select-World-Qualifying-Points.aspx

Or the Huntfield Quarter Horse Derbies?
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Huntfield-AQHA-derby-series/256212047770097

Orion
Dec. 24, 2014, 12:35 AM
Would save a ton of money if we could go barefoot! Though I do only pay around $75 a shoeing. It's to rocky around her for us too leave shoes off, so once the snow gets heavy around here, we pull the shoes off for the winter, but they get put back on once spring starts back up! We can't even trail ride if they don't have shoes and there's no snow.

Then again, the barn is on ton of a mountain :)

Small Change
Dec. 24, 2014, 09:33 AM
Wow, how did this come back from the archives?

netg
Dec. 25, 2014, 10:34 PM
Would save a ton of money if we could go barefoot! Though I do only pay around $75 a shoeing. It's to rocky around her for us too leave shoes off, so once the snow gets heavy around here, we pull the shoes off for the winter, but they get put back on once spring starts back up! We can't even trail ride if they don't have shoes and there's no snow.

Then again, the barn is on ton of a mountain :)

You may want to note if you're seeing the "similar threads" links at the bottom of the page, you're pulling up OLD threads. You're new to this forum so may not have noticed this quirk of it yet!

horselovelife
Dec. 26, 2014, 07:59 AM
Lol i ride barefoot QH to:)

http://i1377.photobucket.com/albums/ah62/horselovelife/Mobile%20Uploads/C0CDC002-DBCE-44EE-8638-47615A87441F_zpsquyjg936.jpg (http://s1377.photobucket.com/user/horselovelife/media/Mobile%20Uploads/C0CDC002-DBCE-44EE-8638-47615A87441F_zpsquyjg936.jpg.html)

Belmont
Dec. 26, 2014, 09:48 AM
Just have to brag on my QH at a local show last week. He is barefoot on all four too.

My trainer riding, and she and my horse made it look so easy I have no excuses!

http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/552393_3250992688113_1665880789_2702920_561533091_ n.jpg

I wanna seeee.
This isn't working for me!

Pancakes
Dec. 26, 2014, 10:58 AM
I wanna seeee.
This isn't working for me!

Because this thread is over 2 years old....

ToTheNines
Dec. 26, 2014, 11:09 AM
Here is the photo from the original post (with his pro) and a video of me a year and a half later. He went on to be a great horse for me. At my age, I buy for brains. He did not vet the best, and needs maintenance and care with his program, but as I tell my vets, it is my bones we worry about these days.

JR's career has sent him up the ladder to 3'6" where he did great with his pro at the time, then down to 3' with his prior kid, and now 2'6" with me. I am a big advocate of giving these olders guys a step-down career. He is 18 now.

He has remained barefoot. He gets corns, and his farrier learned how to shoe him, but when he moved here, his farrier (also my farrier) suggested he might do fine without shoes. And he did!

https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xaf1/v/t1.0-9/560452_3250971527584_465310874_n.jpg?oh=ef7dc9d359 db79b5118041eabb117608&oe=55044FBA&__gda__=1430300061_313b491ed4b7993b5d125dc77f35675 6

And a year later with me (video): As you can see, he knows his job very well, and does not need me to look for a distance. He takes care of whatever comes up.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yP4ScpsA5qQ&list=UUZjctB-PObAgn1m1DD-CsIQ

ParadoxFarm
Dec. 26, 2014, 01:39 PM
ToTheNines, thanks for the update. That was LOVELY. :) Those "oldsters" with a brain are the best! My 20-year-old is going strong, too.

saddleup
Dec. 26, 2014, 02:19 PM
I LOVE him. I adore mature horses..the best horse I've ever owned was 15 when we bought him for our then 12 year old daughter. After she hit high school she lost interest but by then I was his number 1 fan. He died at 27, but taught several kids and adults the finer points of riding through a series of half-leases.

Belmont
Dec. 26, 2014, 02:34 PM
Here is the photo from the original post (with his pro) and a video of me a year and a half later. He went on to be a great horse for me. At my age, I buy for brains. He did not vet the best, and needs maintenance and care with his program, but as I tell my vets, it is my bones we worry about these days.

JR's career has sent him up the ladder to 3'6" where he did great with his pro at the time, then down to 3' with his prior kid, and now 2'6" with me. I am a big advocate of giving these olders guys a step-down career. He is 18 now.

He has remained barefoot. He gets corns, and his farrier learned how to shoe him, but when he moved here, his farrier (also my farrier) suggested he might do fine without shoes. And he did!

https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xaf1/v/t1.0-9/560452_3250971527584_465310874_n.jpg?oh=ef7dc9d359 db79b5118041eabb117608&oe=55044FBA&__gda__=1430300061_313b491ed4b7993b5d125dc77f35675 6

And a year later with me (video): As you can see, he knows his job very well, and does not need me to look for a distance. He takes care of whatever comes up.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yP4ScpsA5qQ&list=UUZjctB-PObAgn1m1DD-CsIQ

Ah! He is so adorable.
I wish my QH could go barefoot. I thought he was doing fine barefoot, until we moved here. We got him x-rayed and found out he has THIN soles. So we decided to do shoes instead of boots, and he seems much happier. We may go back to barefoot and try boots one day, but we are maintaining on this for now.

And hello neighbor. :cool:

OveroHunter
Dec. 27, 2014, 09:40 AM
Ah! He is so adorable.
I wish my QH could go barefoot. I thought he was doing fine barefoot, until we moved here. We got him x-rayed and found out he has THIN soles. So we decided to do shoes instead of boots, and he seems much happier. We may go back to barefoot and try boots one day, but we are maintaining on this for now.

And hello neighbor. :cool:

Same thing with my paint gelding :( He has very thin soles and was wrongly shoed by my old farrier. My vet xrayed him and had to practically do a shoeing intervention. Now we have a great farrier who has managed to build up some sole, but it was a long (insanely expensive) road!

OP, thanks for the update! You guys look great together!