[QUOTE=Guilherme;1233908]There is a tremendous mythology that surrounds "barefoot" horses.
I am not going to dispute anything you wrote because, sadly, I agree with most of it. And I stopped reading that article as soon as I got to the first time "feral" appeared, so you know how far I read
I only want to say that Natural Barefoot Trimming has been around for eons.
If it wasn't, my granddad would've never known how to teach it to me waaaay back in 1960
When he would tell me to "round those hooves off real nice", that was his old time way of saying "roll the toes".
I was really surprised when someone loaned me the Ramey DVD's and I found myself nodding my head up and down at the basic principles of trimming. He wasn't telling me anything I hadn't already learned all those years ago.
I was especially impressed with the his definition of the proper way to trim around the frog -- it was exactly as I had learned. I also learned to look at the hoof in sections and trim accordingly.
I didn't know all the mathematical reasons for that, but I understood that how the horse wears its hooves is dependent on how it travels; same as how people wear the soles off their shoes according to "how they travel".
I have learned and added to my trimming knowledge, without question, BUT it isn't the barefoot principles that are new --- it's the "wham bam thankyou ma'am "pasture trim" that's new.
It's new because Time is Money and shoers did not want to take the time to trim a horse properly for winter, so they started taking short cuts. That short cut became known as the "pasture trim".
I said all that because it isn't the barefoot trimming principles that need taken to the wood shed - it's the excitable folks that are convinced it's this way or the Highway to H**l for the horse, which just is not true.
I keep all my horses barefoot simply because I can't ride like I used to. As I stated above, one really does have hooves like a goat and probably didn't need shoes the few times I shod him but I knew we'd be in nothing but rocks for the next several rides.
Actually I fired my Trimmer of three years because his personal life started to affect how he trimmed my horses hooves.
In spite of some Trimmers being Legends in Their Own Minds like this guy thought he was, they aren't. I might have kept the Snotface on, had he not:
1. Sored up my young insulin resistant horse on the last three trims.
2. Miss-trimmed my 24 yr old with EMS to the point that the wall separation he is prone to got to be a big deal.
3. All four of my horses' hooves were chipped, cracked, peeling three weeks into the trim.
So the mythology in my case, had I not known any better, was that I "was not feeding my horses properly and never had been feeding them properly and it was just now catching up to them".
After three years of him being their Trimmer and doing a great job --- I think not. I was born but not yesterday. HIS personal problems got in the way and he I think he just quit caring about doing things right. Plus my 24 yr old is frought with horrible hock/ankle arthritis and it takes a long time to trim him because he can't have bute.
Anyway, don't blame the trimming principles. They have been working since way before my granddad taught them to me back in 1960. Blame the people that have tried to evolve them into something mystical that they really are not