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Does Valegro not wear shoes?

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Sparrowfarts Mon 26-Aug-13 11:55:19

Watching on BBC2, he appeared to be bootless in slo-mo close-up of his hooves.

(Occasional dressage watcher - this is probably an 'everybody knows this' question).

catinabox Mon 26-Aug-13 13:19:53

Horses are not allowed to wear boots in dressage.

They have to have naked legs smile He had very shiney white fetlocks didn't he!?

I didn't notice whether he was wearing shoes or not. I will google it!

catinabox Mon 26-Aug-13 13:21:11

....ah.. not sure. One of the options though was does voldemort wear shoes?!

catinboots Mon 26-Aug-13 13:22:32

He has fronts

Sparrowfarts Mon 26-Aug-13 13:39:30

Sorry, meant shoes really. Thank you both cats.

Now I'm wondering about Voldemort.

catinabox Mon 26-Aug-13 13:42:30

catinabox Mon 26-Aug-13 13:43:06


catinabox Mon 26-Aug-13 13:43:42

Bloody hell!! I give up!!

Apparently vooldemort doesn't wear shoes. smile

Sparrowfarts Mon 26-Aug-13 14:26:35

Thank you smile

catinabox Mon 26-Aug-13 16:36:55

....he has really ugly

Booboostoo Mon 26-Aug-13 16:39:52

I think you may be seeing the wax surface stuck on his shoes so that they are not obvious. If he was barefoot it would be quite widely discussed.

Sparrowfarts Mon 26-Aug-13 16:42:16

Ah, OK. Yes, I had a google, as I thought it would be quite a big deal if he competed barefoot. What is the wax for?

Booboostoo Mon 26-Aug-13 19:56:04

The surface has to have some give (so that it's not too hard and cause concussion injuries) but not bee too soft (which can cause ligament and tendon injuries) so getting the right surface can be quite complex. Waxed sand is a very popular (although expensive) choice as the wax binds the sand particles together (not too much give) while still allowing for a bounce.

Sparrowfarts Mon 26-Aug-13 20:21:20

Thanks Boo.

tolittletoolate Fri 11-Oct-13 22:22:56

we were at Hickstead a few years ago and Valegro was in the 6 yr old class, spooked at something jumped sideways and pulled a shoe off! Charlotte's groom had to go and pick it up from the arena before the next competitor went in. Needless to say he still won the class smile

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