|Gaited Curly farrier / shoes question?
Florida, 6 and 24 year old Curly Foxtrotters, ridden in Big Horn Trail Saddle with browband headstall and low port curb bit in round pen ring trail and pasture by advanced beginner rider.
Question: Our farrier is not familiar with gaited horses and I would
like to be able to suggest the best angle for the best fox trot.
They do not wear shoes down here and I have them trimmed every six weeks.
This summer they will be in the mountains of NC mostly on trails with rock
and dirt. Will it be necessary to shoe them at that time? They
have hard sound feet like most Curlys. Thank you for your help.
From Panelists Nancy
I would suggest that you keep the feet at the same angle that you have
From Panelists Lee
The "best angle" for Fox Trotting (or any) horses is their natural angle,
If you plan to ride on rocks and rough ground, it is a good idea to
From Panelists Laura
Stay close to the horses' natural angles. By this, I mean match
the slope of the front of the hoof wall (viewed from the side) with the
pastern angle. Trimming and shoeing to improve gait (the fox trot)
depends on what gait the horses are currently doing. If it is smooth,
your angles are fine as long as they are within a few degrees of the natural
hoof angle. If you will be riding on rocks, I would suggest you have
your farrier put on plain keg shoes to protect the hoof wall from chipping
and breaking. Even curlys with their hard feet can break a piece
of hoof off on a rock.