Part of me wants control of her tootsies back. Especially when I see her spitting hoof out at such a high rate that even a 5 week cycle leaves her heels getting longer and more forward than I would like...
But the other part of me is worried about keeping her comfortable through the show season with varied footing that I can't predict or control.
I'm not concerned about having a barefoot horse in the Hunter Ring and getting dinged for her not looking traditional.
I'm also not concerned about being a bad self-trimmer and caving to shoes if she needs them to stay consistently comfy all summer long.
But I most definitely am concerned about which path gives me the best chance of keeping her sound, happy and healthy while hauling her all over the place.
|Ahh if only they were as affordable as some Chucks...|
Buuuuut there's the nagging voice in my head that says it's going to rain for another month, make my mare's feet all mushy and then I'll throw her on some sand/concrete ring and ask her to jump all nice and pretty and everything will go down in flames.
I've been debating this for a couple weeks now and am no closer to a decision than I was when I started.
My farrier is pretty reasonable and while I know he will tend toward "shoes." I'm hoping he can help me with some insight. Maybe while her shoes are off today we'll jog her and see how sensitive she is and go from there.
Bah. I don't know.
Shoes on..... shoes off.... shoes on??? shoes off......