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MindySchroder

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When I start walking with my mini, will I need boots? Will be walking on paved road, grass, and dirt/mud trails. If so, I'll start a new thread for my boot questions. ;) Enjoying all these posts! Can't wait to join in the fun!
If you mean for yourself that is totally a personal choice for sure!

If you mean for your ponies then it will depend on what kind of footing they live on and how sensitive their feet are as the terrain changes. My roads are hard packed with large sharp rocks so my ponies are more comfortable wearing their boots on that kind of terrain. When we hike in the mountains and the trails are more dirt they don't need their boots for that. When we walk in the pasture they don't wear their boots. It really depends on the terrain and their overall hoof health!
 

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GUess it depends on how far you intend to walk. I have trouble finding boots/ tennis shoes that are comfortable so I just wear my Western Chief clogs. My walking terrain is varied also.
Yesterday when we were walking on the dirt road, there was a rattlesnake laying on the side. Yikes. Someone had run over it, so it was dead, thank goodness. The horses were not startled, but I was!
Thank you, Marsha - glad the snake was dead! I should have clarified. I meant to ask if my mini should wear boots. lol Sometimes my brain gets ahead of my fingers.
 

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If you mean for yourself that is totally a personal choice for sure!

If you mean for your ponies then it will depend on what kind of footing they live on and how sensitive their feet are as the terrain changes. My roads are hard packed with large sharp rocks so my ponies are more comfortable wearing their boots on that kind of terrain. When we hike in the mountains and the trails are more dirt they don't need their boots for that. When we walk in the pasture they don't wear their boots. It really depends on the terrain and their overall hoof health!
Thank you! Yes, I meant for my mini. lol Sorry for the confusion.
 

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I think it totally depends on your horse. My guy goes over the rocky/rooty trails we have barefoot with no issues. His feet will only chip if they need a trim! If I were doing a lot of miles on pavement at speeds above a walk then I would probably want him to have some kind of protection. If you're just walking I would say just keep an eye on them - if they are gimping over the rocks or wearing their feet down too fast, then give them protection. If not then you're fine although for lots of trotting on pavement I'd want boots for concussion protection.
 

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I think it totally depends on your horse. My guy goes over the rocky/rooty trails we have barefoot with no issues. His feet will only chip if they need a trim! If I were doing a lot of miles on pavement at speeds above a walk then I would probably want him to have some kind of protection. If you're just walking I would say just keep an eye on them - if they are gimping over the rocks or wearing their feet down too fast, then give them protection. If not then you're fine although for lots of trotting on pavement I'd want boots for concussion protection.
Thank you! :)
 

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