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Old 09-02-2010, 09:36 PM  
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What Size Shoe Does Your Horse Wear?

After a years worth of ground work, my 5 year old Arab/Percheron gelding is FINALLY started under saddle and taking everything in stride (but that's a whole other topic!). Since our arena is dry and rather hard this time of year Jasper got his first pair of front shoes yesterday (and he was a complete gentleman. I'm so proud of him! ). Anyway as my farrier was putting size 4 shoes on Jasper he commented that he has seen an upswing in hoof size over the last 10 years (A VERY GOOD THING) after watching hooves get smaller and smaller the decade before that. So I got to thinking, what size shoe does your horse wear?
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Well.....I'm not exactly sure what SIZE of shoes my horses wear....I might ask just out of curiosity. But I can say that my 13.2 haflinger mare has large hooves, even for average size horses. But my 15.2, 3yr paint gelding has rather small hooves (we always joke that he has mule feet), which I'm hoping will grow...
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My mare has kinda small feet IMO, she's about 14.3 or so and built fairly stout. She wears a 00.

My gelding Sonny is about 15 hands and fairly big boned. He wears a 1 on the fronts and a 1 or 0 on the backs.

Reno, the Mustang is 14.3 but built like a mini draft. He just barely fits into a size 2 on the fronts and a 1 on the backs.
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My 15HH appendix mare wears an 0, I'd like to see her wear a bit bigger actually. Both of my other horses, a 14HH pintabian mare wears an 0 and my 15.1HH qh mare wears a 1.
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Old 09-04-2010, 10:01 PM  
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hoof size depends on the horses..
I mean my horses would look really stupid with a size 4 shoe LOL
None of my are shod right now..Id say that Tom would be a 1 and he has big feet.
Titan will probably be an 0 and he will most likely be shod in the front as a 2yr old. and again he doesnt have small feet at all.
I care more about having a healthy, balanced foot vs size bigger doesnt mean better
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None of mine wear shoes currently.

Y.C never has had shoes.

Harlan used to wear a size 6.

Joel used to wear a size 7..big feet, but he's the largest horse in terms of build.

Flynn wore a size 5 when he was at the racetrack.

and Frank has never worn shoes.
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Size is subjective. It's how you use what your given.
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Old 09-05-2010, 07:48 PM  
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Size is subjective. It's how you use what your given.
Perhaps, but that's rather like saying that the amount of bone a horse has doesn't matter...
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Perhaps, but that's rather like saying that the amount of bone a horse has doesn't matter...
I don't see the correlation, but seein' how you brought it up, the amount of bone a horse has doesnt matter. I can't give it more, so I have to work w/ what it's got.
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Old 09-06-2010, 08:34 AM  
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I don't see the correlation, but seein' how you brought it up, the amount of bone a horse has doesnt matter. I can't give it more, so I have to work w/ what it's got.
No, you can't give a horse more bone but you can breed for it. Do you honestly believe that the amount of bone a horse has isn't important to soundness? That's certainly a unique theory...
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No, you can't give a horse more bone but you can breed for it. Do you honestly believe that the amount of bone a horse has isn't important to soundness? That's certainly a unique theory...
ROFLMAO. Do you honestly believe that more bone will insure soundness.

How many x-rays have you looked at w/ size 2 or larger feet?

There are many sound horses out there w/ small bones/feet.

Also, I don't believe that I presented a theory that the amount of bone isn't important/related to soundness.
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ROFLMAO. Do you honestly believe that more bone will insure soundness.

How many x-rays have you looked at w/ size 2 or larger feet?

There are many sound horses out there w/ small bones/feet.

Also, I don't believe that I presented a theory that the amount of bone isn't important/related to soundness.
No. I don't think anything will INSURE soundness, but I do believe if you do the math that the "sound horses out there w/ small bones/feet" also have enough bone for their size. I also think that there are enough studies to back this theory up done by individuals with more qualifications than a smug online horse shoer. Dr. Deb Bennett did a great article for Equus a while back maybe you should look it up and read it (if you don't already know everything...).
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No. I don't think anything will INSURE soundness, but I do believe if you do the math that the "sound horses out there w/ small bones/feet" also have enough bone for their size.
Now your getting there. It's not the size of the bone,but the PSI. To many pounds per square inch on a foot and soundness becomes a hard thing to achieve/maintain.

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You figured me out, just a smug online shoer.What do you propose I do, only shoe horses w/ appropriately sized P3's?

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Dr. Deb Bennett did a great article for Equus a while back maybe you should look it up and read it (if you don't already know everything...).
What makes you think I haven't read it? If it's the one I'm thinking of it had to do w/ hoof mass as well as measuring the cannon bone to determine how much weight/load a horse could carry.
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Hey guys... please also note that like our human shoes.. a size 7 in one brand is a complete different size in another brand of shoe.. I have a many horses whose SHAPE of foot requires less work to reshape to the foot if I use particular brands.. and these have the same # but are different sizes than an other brand of premade shoe. You shoe what you have..
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Hoof size

MY horses wear an 0 or a 1. They are all QH.
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RE: What size shoe my horse wears..?

I think you need to take into consideration the quality of hoof you are dealing with. I had a 16H Quarter Horse who wore size 1 shoes, but he had all white feet and was lame all the time. His feet were too sensitive, and too brittle to hold his weight. However, I currently own a 16.1H Thoroughbred gelding that wears a size "Euro 1" which is equivalent to a 1 1/2 in thw Western United States. His feet are solid, with good heels and no cracks. He's 9 years old, very sound, and is used for Jumping and heavy trail riding. Depends on the horse.... and quality of the foot.
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No. I don't think anything will INSURE soundness, but I do believe if you do the math that the "sound horses out there w/ small bones/feet" also have enough bone for their size. I also think that there are enough studies to back this theory up done by individuals with more qualifications than a smug online horse shoer. Dr. Deb Bennett did a great article for Equus a while back maybe you should look it up and read it (if you don't already know everything...).

I dont think this is appropriate
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My daughter had a clyde cross gelding.. when we got him he took a size 5 but had flat pancake feet.. some seedy toe... now when we sold him he had a size 2/3 depending on the shoe..

It wasnt better when he had a 5... it just meant the farrier wasnt doing his job..
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I think you need to take into consideration the quality of hoof you are dealing with. I had a 16H Quarter Horse who wore size 1 shoes, but he had all white feet and was lame all the time. His feet were too sensitive, and too brittle to hold his weight. However, I currently own a 16.1H Thoroughbred gelding that wears a size "Euro 1" which is equivalent to a 1 1/2 in thw Western United States. His feet are solid, with good heels and no cracks. He's 9 years old, very sound, and is used for Jumping and heavy trail riding. Depends on the horse.... and quality of the foot.
omg i was gonna post a story almost word for word like yours!!! CREEPY!! lol!!

my QH was gray with 4 white feet with the same problem he wore size 1. my TB is 16.3 and wears size 0 but is hardly ever shod because he has such good feet
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