Rancher Removing a Horse’s Horseshoe, Giving a Pedicure

First shoe of the day on a bright but frosty morning. This is Ruby the horse. Here the horse is being cold shoed, where no heat is involved. No, it doesn’t hurt the horse if it’s shod correctly by a qualified registered person. I fed the dog a piece of the hoof called the frog which is soft and when trimmed is a treat! The majority of horses these days are worked either under saddle or in harness and on hard man made surfaces, shoes protect the feet from wearing down too much and can add grip via studs in the shoes for competition animals. Wild horses are extinct. Feral horses have particularly hard feet and manage them naturally by foraging. The average horse needs re-shoeing every 6-8 weeks.