Wednesday, December 8, 2010

What would you do?


I get back to Oregon last week, welcomed back with warm sun and a perfect Fall weekend. I rush out to the barn to hit the trails only to find Maddy with a little "lift" on her left front shoe. No! The shoe was missing one nail, the shoe holding with 5 and 2 clips. My farrier couldn't come for a couple days, it didn't seem bad enough to pull, so I opted to leave it and forgo riding or ground work. I am just curious, what would you have done if your shoe had this little bend in the shoe? Pull it or wait.....

13 comments:

OnTheBit said...

I think I would have waited and prayed that it didn't come off.

Kate said...

I wait, and don't ride, unless it's twisted to one side or likely to come off very soon, in which case I take it off. My farrier's pretty good about coming ASAP, and I only have one horse in shoes now.

Grey Horse Matters said...

I'd have waited and let the farrier take care of it.

jane augenstein said...

If I had a horse with shoes, probably wait for the farrier.

JJ said...

I'd hope that the farrier could get out quickly and keep the horse in a small paddock or in the stall.

If you know how to succesfully yank a shoe, then yank that sucker :).

Mikey said...

In my case :) I'd pull it, hammer it back to level and stick it back on.

But normally you'd wait for your farrier and forgo riding. Good call!

strivingforsavvy said...

I would wait, because I don't trust myself to pull it correctly. However, I highly recommend going barefoot. Mine have been barefoot for 9 years and their feet were never better!!

Jean said...

As long as the missing nail was actually missing, I'd just wait. The shoe does not appear to be "sprung" so badly that it's going to shift. That's where the problem lies when is shoe unseats and pulls the other nails into the soft tissue.

I'd be cautious about riding and, if possible limit her exercise a bit, but a lot depends on the horse. If she is like my Tucker, the shoe would have little hope of surviving for more than a day or so. But if she has good solid feet you're better off leaving it on.

Hopefully your farrier can be there sooner than later.

Gail said...

I know nothing of shoes, keep all mine barefoot.

I think you made the right decision.

Rising Rainbow said...

I'd have waited and let the farrier take it off and, of course, not ridden but probably done turnout ok. I do pull them sometimes but it has to be more lift than what you have here.

Parelli Central said...

Depends on the owner. I would have pulled it, since I know how to do it. I had my farrier show me in case of an emergency... Something to consider :-)

Petra Christensen
Parelli 2Star Junior Instructor
Parelli Central

BobbieNoSocks said...

I'd have waited for the farrier. Great choice

Erickson said...

love the topic, I had fun reading it coz I'm a horse lover too but just a beginner one so right now I just keep on collection information that would be helpful for me in my new love.