I've never seen the 1920 manual either, but I've never seen a lot of manuals that I've heard spoken off. I had an old Cav manual that was falling apart, but like the rest of my library it was lost when the house burned down in 2004. Sucks, because some things have been out of print so long if you don't just get lucky in some antique books store you'll never find them. The ones I had I got cheap because 1: they're not really something many people have any interest in and 2: they were usually in pretty bad shape :)) Didn't matter to me if all the pages were loose. I knew how to put pages in order and in sleeves. I'm still looking a manual that supposedly covers the feeding requirments or feeding methods for mounts on campaign.
There are things that aren't given in the article. If you wanted to see the entire report you'd have to locate a copy of the "Journal of Equine Veterinary Science. Volume 28, Number 1 for 2008". I don't have a copy of it.
There are things that I would perfer to know and even things I'd have rather they did a little different. I'd like to know what breed(s) they used vs just a light riding horse of the appropriate weight ranges. I think they should have used have ASB and half Morgans, since they were the more popular breeds. Would have liked them have done a half and half on mares and geldings. Would love to have seen how they got a Cav load down to 15% :)) (smallest guy on largest horse could do it, since they went up to 625Kg, over 1300lbs).
Obviously I'm going to be ok with the findings though, since they go with what I was taught and have worked extremely well with my experience.
I'll not start a shod vs unshod war :)) (still trying to get use to "barefoot" after decades of shoed/shod or unshod) I fought that war a long time ago with some beloved old timers. Time and events (and my vets finally acknowledging it) and my horses won that battle.
All that being said, I agree that never say that there are not times when a horses hoof might need some help. If a hoof should get damaged by a severe split that actually runs up the length of the hoof (never saw one, but they sit it can happen) I would certainly agree that shoes or something is going to be needed to hold it in a fixed location to facilitate whatever needs to be done to heal it. If your house has tender feet or a sore foot/feet and you don't want to take the time to spend harding them up after they've recovered, then you need to do something to provide protection. For me (if I ever fail to toughen them up enough before hand) I'd have to go with the boots. Didn't have those 30+ years ago when I was doing most of my longer distance riding, but it didn't matter, because I'd spent over 2 years toughening the hoofs up. I'd certainly be willing to use boots vs having my horse suffer an injury. I don't see me ever being willing to have nails driven into my horses hoof. But I wear something to protect my feet, so if the need was there I'd put the boots on mine. I know at this time they are not ready to ride just anywhere I want to go, so I would have to use boots if I took off anytime in the extended future. It does take a while for them to harded up enough to suit me.
You are so correct. It's cruel and there is never an excuse for not taking whatever measure possible to prevent a painful situation for your horse. - and won't go into painful conditions created by shoes :) . It's just something everyone has to decide for themself and their horse.
Feel bad enough that we've gotten so far off the subject of this thread already. All because Cav liked gaited breeds and Cav recommended weight %