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Semi-newbie question but how exactly do you know when your horses horseshoes need changing? I mean, its not like they have treads or somethin....related follow up....is it true that Nike is getting into the horseshoe business? I heard that rumor in last months Maxim Magazine.
lol! I don't know about Nike. I don't see why they would. But to answer your question, horse shoes in my friend's boarding barn are changed every 6-8 weeks. Another way to tell is that a horse's hoof will start to outgrow the horseshoe. Not in the sense that you need the size up. Horses' hooves are like finger nails, they grow and you trim them back. So you would have to have a farrier come in and change the horse's shoes and trim its feet. I hope this explains things for you.
Another thing, somethimes you have get new shoes or have the farrier put them back on if the shoes start to get loose. You can tell the shoe is starting to get loose when you can shift the shoe back and forth, the nails on the outside of the hoof start to pop out, and if when you ride you hear the shoe lightly slap up on the bottom of the hoof again when the horse is walking/running. If your horse's shoe starts to get loose it's best to fix it right away. The same for if it looses a shoe. This could injure the horse and/or cause lameness.