December 6, 2012

My Horse, Meindert, Has New Boots!

There is a lot of controversy about whether to shoe a horse or not, as many of you have commented on this blog.  Betsy Perreten, my stable manager, and I feel that shoes are appropriate for my Friesians because of the type of riding we do, mostly on dirt roads and trails through the woods.  We also employ a knowledgeable and capable farrier, Linda Friedman, who takes great care of the horses’ hooves and fits and changes their shoes regularly.  Meindert, one of my horses, hasn’t worn rear shoes in quite some time.  He suffers from arthritis and has difficulty holding his rear legs up for Linda to shoe.  Betsy is very in-tune with the horses and can read their moods quite well.  When Meindert is feeling fine, she likes to keep him active and will take him out for short, easy rides.  Recently, she got him some hoof boots for his rear feet from a company called Easy Care Inc. and from the looks of things, Meindert really loves wearing them.