I don't know what you've read somewhere else once upon a time.
I'd have said everything relevant was in this thread.
The OP said
I was talking to my farrier about having Grace (TB mare) go barefoot this summer. She said that she saw an article about Steeplechase horses going barefoot, and that we could try it. She would rather not put shoes on anyway, but she wants us to be safe. We are only eventing Beginner Novice this year, but if she's going really good we will go Novice.
Has anyone tried barefoot eventing? Or Seen someone with a barefoot eventer?
I have seen the damage (and how long it takes to get the hooves back to normal) done my shoes firsthand, and I don't want to throw away all of the work my farrier and I have done by putting shoes on her.
There's some odd things in that. There's not a load of steeplechasers going barefoot and in any case this horse isn't a steeplechaser.
Sounds to me like one of those silly made up things that those "barefooter" types come up with and that misleading information given by the OP's "farrier" was corrected by another poster and here.
The steeplechase story I find "interesting" is the much touted Saucy Nights - famous for being barefoot - NOT famous for winning. That one is always the one mentioned by the BUA's desperately trying to prove something that isn't true....
It had 33 starts .
It raced for about 9 years and had just 4 wins with prize money of just £15,000. It spent the final 2 years of its racing life being pulled up, falling, unseating the rider or tagging along at the back of the field.
If you're wanting your horse to reach full potential and keep you safe, you'd be well advised to consider what you're going to do to help him get traction at speed.
Then there was some stuff about the OP's farriers work being so bad that putting shoes on would make a mess and another poster corrected that and here.
If your farrier is much of a farrier then she should be able to put on a set of shoes without doing any harm to your horse. Don't buy into all teh barefoot BS.
I'm thinking that the OP's "farrier" isn't a farrier at all though and it's some barefooter that can't put shoes on and so is trying to con the customer into having what they can provide.
It seems to me that the only person here who is not considering what is REAL and RELEVANT is the OP and the OP's "farrier".
She seems to be getting suckered in to the sales stuff of someone with an agenda.
It's common sense to me that if you want your horse to do the best possible and keep safe that it's a good idea to work from fact and to see what others do in order to be a success.
The OP said she's not even galloped this horse let alone get her started.
She's said she tried her cross country when she was "underweight" and "undermuscled". She also says that TB's have bad feet!?!?
Well you know what, I work with mainly t/b's and they're eventers and they don't have bad feet.
Mind you I can't relate at all to someone who thinks you go cross country with a horses that's in poor condition: through lack of feed and lack of muscle.
Eventing is a serious sport and whether you're going to do it as a beginner novice or high level, you need to keep safe and give you and your horse the best chance. So you make sure the horse is in good condition and up to the job and you properly prepare it.
It seems to me that the OP has something in her mind and is just looking for posts that agree that bucking the trend is a good idea and will work.
I'm more logical than that. I event and I know that she'd be lucky to do much of anything and will be hindered by not giving her horse something to help with traction at speed.
It's not going to make much difference if you're just talking about messing around at low levels with a skinny horse but if there's any ambition then that's another thing.
Thanks MyBoyPuck! I have heard that dirt on dirt is the best traction... I just really want this to work out but still be safe and comfortable.
To be honest, I have never galloped her yet. Just keeping everything calm and cool for a while. This summer, though! I sure hope lack of shoes doesn't make her faster!! I am very excited to try her XC. The only time I did was when she was underweight and undermuscled when I went to try her out. A lot has changed since then!
I evented my pony BN barefoot and she was good, but she is a beast! I know that most slap shoes on TB's because "they have bad feet, why risk it?" But I really want to go barefoot. My farrier used to event, so she knows how important it is to be safe, and I trust her.
Thanks and I am glad to hear from another barefoot eventer!