shoes aren't that important

anonymous asked:

why is it so important to shoe horses, and why aren't other unguligrade livestock shod?

Basically:

  • We ride horses, we rarely other ride other ungulates.
  • Horses were ridden on roads, whereas other livestock were usually kept on pasture
  • Horses had a longer working life than most livestock

Also, putting shoes on other ungulate livestock is more challenging because ruminants like cattle and sheep have toes which move independently.

So you’d have to put two shoes on, one on each weight bearing claw. We will do similar things to treat lameness sometimes, especially in cattle, but it’s not done routinely as there’s often not a need to do so.