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To Shoe or Not to Shoe...

Jeanette Reitan

To Shoe or Not to Shoe...

To Shoe or Not to Shoe, that is the question. There is a lot of information available encouraging horse owners to have their horse go barefoot, without shoes. It’s touted as more “natural” and better for your horse. First off, I am not against horses going barefoot. If your horse does not need shoes, then why spend the money on them. But I do not think that going barefoot is a one size fits all, the best idea for all horses. Here are just a few of the scenarios I have personally experienced where horses truly needed or did not need shoes.   The Not So...


So You Want to Own a Horse...

Jeanette Reitan

So You Want to Own a Horse...

So You Want to Own a Horse… There is a lot more involved in owning a horse than most people realize. There is a much bigger time and financial commitment than owning any other kind of pet. You are asking a 1000 lb. animal, with a high flight instinct, to trust you and rely on you for their wellbeing. Their needs are as diverse as they are and upkeep is expensive. Here are a few guidelines to take into consideration BEFORE you buy:   Take Riding Lessons Take lessons from a reputable trainer in the riding discipline you intend to...