Pulling shoes for winter? questions...
...how many do this? I have never lived anywhere that had a winter to speak of, but now that I do, I've been told it is safer to have my gelding barefoot for the winter months - as he will have more traction on ice/snow. OK. We did this Tuesday, pulled off all 4 shoes, he walked off fine, turned him out in the indoor, perfect. I came out Wednesday night to ride - walked out of his stall all funny, felt uncomfortable/not as forward/confused upon working in the indoor. Not lame, but not normal.
I'm sure he may need his feet to toughen up - ? He lives in a stall w a run, which has a gravel/dirt mix in the run.
I'll call my farrier to see what he thinks, just wondering what your experiences have been. This horse is and has been super super sound with no issues- and I would like to keep him that way :) He has always been shod all around for the year I have had him, he had fronts but not backs when I got him. Thanks!