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On The Right Track (Shoes)

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Published on Oct 17, 2006

Jim Cornes discusses the different types of horseshoes involved in thoroughbred racing

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spurrit
Thanks! I'm a farrier, but I don't mess with running horses.
creaturelover
An off track is a muddy, wet track, officially listed as sloppy. Races that were raced on 'off' tracks were like the 2007 Breeders cup classic won by Curlin, and the 2003 Belmont Stakes won by Empire Maker.
spurrit
What's an "off" track?
BluegrassGirl94
CowgirlGoneJumper is right... Thoroughbreds have horrible feet. We have an ex race horse that's in her twenties at my barn. She's barefoot, and has been since she was retired. She's very well taken care of, but her feet stay cracked, and horrible, even with regular hoof care.
CowgirlGoneJumper
And also when I jump it's usually in a halter if I'm bareback that way if I tense and don't release I don't jar his mouth and if I jump wth a bridle I have a saddle to make sure that I don't hold on for fear which I don't anymore.
CowgirlGoneJumper
You do realize pulling back on a bitless bridle either pulls on their nose (A very real risk of damaging or breaking their nose bone) Or it applies uncomfortable pressure to there poll. Just so ya know thats located right behind their ears where their bridle path goes. A bit properly placed in the mouth does not hit any teeth and he always do a pull release pull release to stop not constant pull. or bend their heads to your knee. A bit if you did YOUR research is actually kinder. 
CowgirlGoneJumper
Had their head in that position. I couldn't force them to do t cause I was on the other side of the fence and last time I checked I can't telepathically make a horse put his neck down his head at a vertical angle which isn't unnatural. You don't make a horse piaffe if they can't. If a horse can then you can but only for a short amount you don't do it constantly and I haven't met a horse who in his prime or a little older can't rear. 
CowgirlGoneJumper
I need something to help hold him up. And you ever watch an Arab or Andalusian or Friesien move? They have their heads at a vertical angle their neck in an arch and their backs lifted. So for unnatural.... And only unnatural movement ever done in the horse world that is seriously unnatural for a horse to do. That's pleasure. My horse and my moms TB will go running around their pasture when we watch with their heads at a vertical angle and so did my old QH. When they got excited or hyper they
CowgirlGoneJumper
I use a french link snaffle A nice thick soft bit that my horse very much enjoys. Actually it's a touch weak for him cause he can blow through it but I am able to use my seat and legs to where it doesn't really matter. And atleast my headstall doesn't break my horses damn nose like a bitless bridle does or hurt his poll. My bit is the kinder and normally I am in a halter cause i's summer and we are playing around doing nothing serious. If I jump him bareback over 1'6" I have a bit in his mouth 
CowgirlGoneJumper
How do you think the real horse people and I feel having to deal and see your stupity everywhere.
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