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  1. #1
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    Unhappy Sore feet...what to do?

    So, I had my horse's shoes pulled last Tuesday (he's had front shoes for a year, before that he was barefoot, but he kept losing shoes and I was getting irritated), and he's been ouchie ever since.

    He's not limping around, but when I watch him go and when I've ridden him (briefly, on a loose rein), I can just tell they are sore.

    Everyone has told me his feet just need to harden and whatnot, but is there anything I can do for him? And can I ride him a little bit (at the trot on a loose rein)? Or do I just let him get super fat until his feet harden?



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    you can use hoof boots on his front feet to ride him. it'll
    take awhile for him to get used to being barefoot. it'll get
    better.
    LISA



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    Hoof packing- try magic cushion to help ease the soreness.
    Eight Fences Farm. Mansfield, MA



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    Is this going to take so long that it's worth investing in boots?



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    It might be, it might not be. But you can always resell them if your horse adjusts really quickly. I've sold a couple of pair after only posting them for under a week. However, IMHO, you can never go wrong by having a spare pair of boots on hand just in case you need them.



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    Venice Turpentine and brown paper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Equibrit View Post
    Venice Turpentine and brown paper.
    I agree, though if they are really sore, I like to duct tape the brown paper to make it last longer. You can even go a step further and make a vetwrap booty.

    Long term though, Hoof Boots are wonderful!



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    I use Simple Boots for my barefoot TB. He was able to transition from racing plates to barefoot fairly easy (along with Durasole). I do take them off while he's in his stall though. Since we started doing a lot of jumping this spring, I've had to get a little more hard core with him. I'm now doing the whole venice turpentine routine, and will probably throw in some Durasole when the VT runs out.
    Cindy



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    I like Durasole http://www.durasole.com/, but had to eventually get hoof boot (cavallo's simple boot) for trail riding.

    Easy to put on and these do stay.



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    Unless you are only going to be riding on soft footing I would invest in hoof boots.
    My TB has been barefoot since last fall. I used the hoof boots to help him transition and I still use them when I'm going to be riding on rough or rocky terrain. Mostly I use just front boots, but when I'm hunting on rocky ground I use them all 'round.

    I also use the Cavallo simple boots.
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