Luvs2ride, you are so right about the extra bonding. In this awful Wis winter I don't spend half the time with them as the other 3 seasons. This "makes" me spend the time with them and keeps me close to them.
It also has made them tons better at lifting their feet.
I used to not be able to lift up Jack's front hooves after he had some frog surgery years ago. He got in the habit of taking them away from us with all the doctoring we had to do. This has helped that immensely.
My husband and I plan on going back and taking those heels down this weekend.
I don't know why it's taking so long for this to be the norm myself.
Even if a person goes with the traditional way, they should try and teach themselves to at least rasp them in between visits.
When I told my farrier I wanted to do this he was very opinionated about it not working. He says you have to keep it up. Well, he was correct on that, but, it's not so much work the more comfortable a person gets doing it. And, the benefits far outweigh any inconvenience.