May 14, 2012
To shoe or not to shoe? Find out at what age these AQHA Professional Horsemen prefer to shoe their halter horses.
At what age does a halter horse need to wear shoes?
For our answer, we referred to AQHA Professional Horsemen Doug Landon and Luke Castle. In the May American Quarter Horse Journal, Doug and Luke share their tips for preparing halter futurity foals.
A lot of people want to put an angled shoe on a baby, and I think that just creates problems in a foal. With a baby that’s growing, if you start changing the angle of his foot, I think there will always be issues.
It’s a mistake to think you have to have a shoe on; I prefer to bring them barefoot.
– AQHA Professional Horseman Doug Landon of Clark, Missouri
People tend to want to show (foals) too early and leave shoes on too long. A horse’s feet need to spread and naturally grow. You can’t take away from that process.
I’ll put shoes on a weanling the week before the AQHA World Championship Show, but they come off soon after.
AQHA Professional Horseman Luke Castle of Wayne, Oklahoma
To learn more from Doug and Luke about caring for preparing halter futurity foals, read “Futurity Prep” on Page 104 of the May 2012 issue of The American Quarter Horse Journal.
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