After deciding to take the shoes off of Evas back feet in August I was ready for it to take some time for them to harden up and get used to being unshod.
However, it seems that she has barely even noticed the change. I was expecting a little bit of a drama to be honest, this is because when my mare has previously “misplaced” a shoe she has acted like her whole leg has been hurt. This time, when she lost a shoe there was no difference.
This does not mean that the hoof itself was strong enough to take the tantrum we had on the road. She has a favourite side to kick out and stamp with and the foot on that side came off a bit worse for wear.
Yet she was still sound.
I was expecting this to happen as she has been shod for at least the whole time I have owned her – just over 3 years -therefore I appreciate that it will take time for the hoof to firm up a bit.
The hoof did recover quite quickly and by the time I had the farrier out he commented saying that the hoofs are looking very good with all things considered. So a quick trim later and they were looking much better.
So she is getting on very well on with her feet and I am quite glad that I switched even if it is just bare foot on the back. It just shows that with somethings you need to take a step back and think about why you are doing things a certain way, especially when it comes to horses.