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Flick ([personal profile] flick) wrote2017-07-14 10:41 pm
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Awkward to the end...

It's very common to have a horse who spends his working life wearing shoes and then has them taken off for his retirement, on account of them not being needed when all he's doing is wandering around in a field.

GB's been happily barefoot for a decade, but today the farrier said that now he's not working we need to think about putting shoes on him for the two hundred yard walk up and down the hill each day to the summer pasture. It is true that his feet were a state, but I was thoroughly expecting to be told not to be silly when I mentioned shoes....

What I'll probably do is put booties on him, morning and evening, just for the walk. I ordered a set this afternoon, and they'll probably arrive before we go away for The Bloody Wedding so that I can check that they fit / he doesn't object too much before the sitters have to deal with him.

When we first took his shoes off, I bought him some ferociously expensive booties, which he hated with a passion. Now that he's had no shoes for so long, they don't fit him any more, so they've gone back in the box. Hopefully he won't complain too much about the new ones...
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[personal profile] armiphlage 2017-07-14 11:38 pm (UTC)(link)
Is there risk of being stepped on if you are putting booties on twice daily?
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[personal profile] vicarage 2017-07-16 04:02 am (UTC)(link)
I had a long chat with a farrier at Beamish museum. I found him because of that very distinctive smell of burnt hoof.