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to start shoeing
I have a 9 month
old filly. that has had thrush, and i would like to know if i should put shoes
on her at all. and what age should i start shoeing her
There is quite a bit of information related to your questions
Hill's Horse Information Roundup
can read about Thrush here:
Also, read about Trimming
You might find Sherlock's
Hoof Care section interesting and helpful.
to your questions specifically. Should you put shoes on your 9 month old filly?
Probably not. I can't think of many instances where a 9-month-old horse would
require shoes unless it was for a very specific medical condition and then the
shoeing would be prescribed by your vet and supervised closely by your farrier.
Usually all that a young horse requires is a good trim by a qualified farrier
every 4-8 weeks and a daily check by you to clean out her hooves and watch for
any problems, such as a reoccurrence of thrush.
age should you start shoeing your filly? This will depend on the quality of her
hooves and when you start working and riding her. Sometimes that will be 2 or
3 years of age, but often young horses in light work, especially if the round
pen or arena has non-abrasive footing, can stay barefoot until they are in more
regular work or are used on abrasive footing.