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You live in a #ty part of the UK then?
originally posted by: AlphaPred
Would I like to see a "British Spring" hell yeah
originally posted by: Ericthedoubter
a reply to: corblimeyguvnor
Horses can be trained to attack people.The attackee will be in a sorry state afterwards.I believe police horses are trained to push rather than clomp.I still feel sorry for the poor things.I've been around horses for years and love the daft lumps.
Yeah but are you really SW?
originally posted by: corblimeyguvnor
a reply to: corblimeyguvnor
I'm SW, invite to your world please
Due to damage inside the shod hoof, it can take as long as a year after you remove the shoes -- called the "transition year" -- to rebuild internal tissues and grow out a high quality, tough hoof wall that is well attached to the coffin / pedal bone (P3). While this may seem like a long time, if you leave the shoes on, the hoof will not have a chance to heal at all, resulting in the loss of many useful years of life for the horse.
Hoof boots are a standard and recommended tool for the transition from shod to barefoot. For the first several months after pulling the shoes, horses should use front hoof boots for riding. Some will need boots during the entire "transition" year, especially those that work on paved or gravel roads, rocky trails, or frozen ground, to protect sensitive internal tissues while they heal.
Horses that live on soft footing, or are insulin resistant (IR), may always need hoof boots for riding on rough or hard surfaces. Horses that work on paved roads should use boots on all four feet, to prevent excess wear of their hooves; pavement is very abrasive.
Hoof boots are getting better every year. When I started this website in 2000, the only boot available was the original Easy Boot, which was less than an ideal design. In 2014, there are perhaps a dozen very good boots and glue-ons that I know of (including greatly improved Easy Boots), and likely another dozen that I have not heard about. I recommend searching the Internet.
Horses that work on soft arena footing can be sore from lack of concussion. They should be walked 10 minutes on a firm surface before and after the arena work to relieve congestion in the hooves. The hoof is "designed" to go on firm ground so that it flexes at every step, causing ample blood supply inside the foot.
. . . tied around the ankle with straw rope, and are made of the ordinary rice-straw, braided so as to form a sole for the foot about half an inch thick.
Due to diverse actions carried out during demonstrations in Britain the police horses have been on the point of a herd panic response and a literal stampede on several occasions. This must not be allowed.