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post #51 of 89 Old 05-08-2012, 03:16 PM
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are there really a lot of politics involved with barefoot eventing ? especially in regards to the trot ups ?

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are there really a lot of politics involved with barefoot eventing ? especially in regards to the trot ups ?

I'm not sure in every country, but in mine, omg the politics is unbeleivable.
Huge drama surrounding barefoot horses, it's calmed down a little bit but it was pretty bad for a while, with kids getting kicked off pony club teams cos they ddnt have shoes on their horse etc. also compounded by the fact that some barefooted don't beleive in covering there horses either, which is a whole differnt dilemma.
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There is no blanket rule. If your horse is sure footed and sound go for it.
I've competed to 2** level on a barefoot horse and he was fine, I did put shoes on right before three days to avoid the politics involved in trot ups however.
I have another 2** horse currently and ther is no way in hell I go barefoot I like being able to put studs on him in the wet.
Was there any particular hoof differences between those two horses? Was the one that could not go barefoot more flat footed or did his feet just not wear well?

I just recently did my first barefoot XC derby on grass with no issues whatsoever. If anything, I think my horse jumped better. The highest we'll ever go is recognized BN, so I'm not going to concern myself with it until there's a reason to do so.

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Was there any particular hoof differences between those two horses? Was the one that could not go barefoot more flat footed or did his feet just not wear well?

I just recently did my first barefoot XC derby on grass with no issues whatsoever. If anything, I think my horse jumped better. The highest we'll ever go is recognized BN, so I'm not going to concern myself with it until there's a reason to do so.
Yea the one that went barefoot, didn't have good feet to start with, crumbly etc, but with management he got good strong feet, he was 15.3hh TBx and was extremely sure footed

The shod 1 is 17hh warmblood and is also younger and just feels occasionally like he needs extra grip on short slippery grass, not as sure footed but has far healthier feet naturally than the other one. I used to event him until just before 1*level barefoot no problems

My dressage mare has been barefoot her whole life, and probably always will be. She's a warmbloods with good feet and she only ever competes on flat ground, so why spend money I don't need to? But I produce a lot of OTTB and it is defintly the majority that because of bad feet just can't be without shoes...case by case thing. I deal with lots of tough pony breeds to and most aren't shod and don't need to be and are competed by kids eventing and showjumping no problems, if your horse is sound and it feels safe go for it
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Just like to add my horses DON'T get the barefoot/natural trim, they are just horse without shoes....
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I reckon go for it as long as you keep an eye on your mares hooves

I event barefoot on my tb mare but she hasn't been shod since she was trialed at the race track so its a bit different, She isn't "barefoot trimmed" or anything shes just unshod, I also do endurance with her and we cover all terrain types and shes never once come up lame at the vet checks.
With the whole slipping issue, As long as you balance the horse and set her up right before the jump and not on insane angles then there is no reason for her to slip, Some people with studs ride all out because they have this false security that they wont slip and more often than not they are the ones who get in sticky situations

But then again i'm in New Zealand and our xc courses are very different

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^ the reason for the horse to slip would be if the ground is very hard or very muddy. not because people want to run their horse unbalanced at jumps !

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A local competitor in my area competes at 3* with her horse barefoot. Not every horse can do this, I thin it depends on hose sure footed your horse is - but if it works for you, by all means.

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I'm an eventer, and I have a LOT of friends who go barefoot. In fact, the majority of the people I board with (all dressage/eventers) have barefoot horses, and the only problems we've run across are bruised feet. Personally, I would never go barefoot without some type of hoof supplement or heavy duty conditioner. But that's just me. ;)
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Thanks so much for all of the replies.

We have been training barefoot all spring, and she's doing lovely. I have not yet taken her XC, but I ride in grass everyday. She has not been having issues with bruising or soreness...so I think she's going to be fine!

She's not having the "barefoot trim" either, just a normal, unshod horse.

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