Sharon Park Jumping | 209 Questions | 276 Answers

Can you still ride your horse if he or she has thrown a shoe?

Can you still ride your horse if he or she has thrown a shoe?
Thanks everyone for your answers!
I wouldn’t do anything crazy, but as long as the horse has good feet and isn’t lame/stepping off it shouldn’t be a big deal. Especially if the footing is soft— I definitely wouldn’t suggest going hacking/riding in an arena with rocky footing or anything like that. It’s always best to check with a trainer/vet/farrier before doing so though, as you don’t want to cause any more damage :) just make sure to get the shoe back on as soon as possible!
My pony lost her front left shoe and I continued to ride her after lunging her and see if she was okay on it and she was perfect when I was riding her. So depending on your horse and area I think it would be okay for a while :)
Really depends, generally if a horse has thrown a front shoe i will try not to but unless the foot is damaged if a horse has thrown a back shoe i would still be pretty happy to give it a horse a light ride on a soft surface like a sand arena.
I wouldn’t risk it but if your horse has good feet and you have a surfaced arena or a soft field I’m sure it would be fine:)
I wouldn’t as my horses’ breed is known for shocking feet - even though there’s is fine I put it down to good, consistent farrier attention.
It’s up to the horse really, if you ride on a surface it shouldn’t be too bad however I would avoid roads and Riding on hard ground. But the chance of injury increases when you ride with a shoe off due to reduced ballence and support on the hoof
Image Horsealot's top user
Hi Sharon
Depends on which hoof it is and if the horse has injured him or herself I normally give my farrier a call to check if it’s fine
Hope this helps
Signup now to connect with over 100,000 riders!