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Shoes in winter?

Some people decide to remove their horse's shoes for the winter in order to give their feet a "break." Unfortunately, if the shoes are not pulled early enough in the season and properly maintained, this can be a very literal thing, with hooves crumbling and breaking up to the old nail holes. Farrier, Hans Wiza, said that if you are going to pull your horse's shoes, you shouldn't wait until November or December when the ground is frozen and jagged and more likely to damage his hooves. "If you want your horse to go barefoot for the winter, transition him early on," said Wiza. "Have your farrier remove the shoes shortly after Thanksgiving. This gives the hooves six weeks to build up some growth" before the farrier returns and can clean up hoof for the winter. Wiza also recommends altering your trim schedule in the winter, asking your farrier to…

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