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    Default Are metal horse shoes necessary in sandy conditions?

    When riding horse in desert conditions are metal shoes necessary? I think it is cruel putting nails in their hooves. Opinions from horse owners please

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    They aren't a 100% necessary, but they are good for horses, and they like them.And it's not cruel, they don't feel it. Hope this helps.

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    Some horses really require shoes and others don't. Breeding practices over time have often overlooked hoof quality in light of other conformational focus, and thus not all horses have the same tough feet as a mustang.

    Shoeing does not hurt the horse. If it did, there would be a major pain reaction and the horse would clearly object to the process. The hoof is dead tissue and there is no pain involved as the shoe is nailed on. Certainly there are some instances of bad farrier work or intentional soring for enhanced movement, which would cause pain, but proper and correct shoeing is a painless process. In fact, for a horse under certain types of work or with certain hoof problems, shoeing can actually make them far more comfortable.

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    It isn't cruel to shoe a horse, if its done correctly where the nails are driven in to the foot has no sensation what so ever. Unfortunately sand and alot of other surfaces will act as sandpaper and wear away the horses foot, causing the horse to get sore and ssometimes very painful feet, thats when metal shoes are used. There are some horses that have very tough feet and can go without shoes. With sand it is a concern that a piece of gravel will travel up the white line causing many different ailments and splitting of the hoof wall, so a shoe is used to prevent that. Hope that helps!

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    Horse shoes are never "necessary." Sometimes they are a good idea, and sometimes they help the horse by protecting his/her hooves from damage, just like your shoes do for you. Nailing on horse shoes are in no way "cruel" no more than trimming their hooves, or trimming/filing your nails are. The hard outer surface of the hoof where the nails are driven is dead material, just like the end of your own nails. There are alternatives to conventional shoeing, like glue on shoes and removable boots. Discuss these options with your farrier.

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