Originally Posted by amigoboy
Not much a a fan with all this Natural stuff, very little we do with horses is natural...not for the horse anyway.
Barfoot/Shoeing: Shoeing can be a nessasery evil if we wish the horse too be able to perform.
I agree fully with your second sentence, although depending how/why it's done, I don't personally think shoeing is necessarily an 'evil' either. But as with everything, we need to weight up the 'cons' as well as the 'pros' of something & as with everything, there are innate cons about conventional shoes, as there are with keeping horses bare/booted.
But I think people who use the argument 'nothing we do with horses is natural' are taking it too literally. To me, just because something is 'natural' doesn't necessarily make it any better in a given situation than 'artificial' is necessarily bad. But to me, 'natural hoofcare' or 'natural horsemanship' is about understanding & considering what is natural & functional & working with those principles.
That said, I do agree however, due to so many connotations, lack of understanding, different perspectives, etc, that the very term 'natural' does... grate on me somewhat!
The Certified Farrier has several months of supervised training and $1000s invested in farrier trade. |
I have seen several cases where the shoer has had to take over the job after some trimmer and found there was one hell of a mess too clean up
Yep & ditto to a well educated trimmer. But regardless of 'qualifications', whether farrier or 'trimmer', there are still many average ones & I have personally had many more than 'several cases' where I've taken over one hell of a mess from a conventional farrier. Thankfully I do know quite a few good ones too, who have prevented me from suspecting 'all farriers are bad'
If people are so keen on working on horses hoofs then they should go to one of the many horse shoeing schools through out the counrty and learn proper trimming and shoeing, that way they would be of service not only to their own horses but others as well.
I agree wholeheartedly that people should take it seriously & educate themselves well & objectively, even if they don't plan on doing it professionally(even if they don't plan to take over from the farrier/trimmer at all). There's too much at stake for the horse to be gung-ho, or have blind faith in a professional & remain ignorant. But there are different ideas about 'proper trimming & shoeing' & different quality 'horse shoeing schools', as there are hoof care courses.
As for 'being of service to others', many people, be it because 'there are no good farriers around'(despite many qualified ones, in my personal experience) or otherwise, decided to learn this, out of necessity, to better care for our own horses, not because we planned it as a career. Many people have no interest in doing it as a job. Many people also don't have the opportunity of attending a 'proper' course either & while education & experience is important, esp if you're going to work on other's horses, I don't believe, whether you shoe or not, that lack of any particular 'piece of paper' makes anyone useless, any more than some certificate makes them worthy.