Originally Posted by Horseman56
Faye is obviously more than pleased with her horse's long history of problem-free hoofcare and performance. Her farrier is trained and certified at the highest level of competence on the planet.
Why would she shun 20 years of success and a world class farrier in exchange for gimmicks?
It's already tough enough to find competent farriers in a lot of rural areas. This barefoot/boots thing is a cancer on the industry that is slowly diminishing the number of young people willing to do the brutally hard and long training required to best meet the needs of ALL horses, whether barefoot or shod. Another twenty years of this nonsense and horses in real need are going to go wanting.
At first, I wasn't commenting on Faye's situation, but on someone asking what about other options, and I provided some that I have read about. I've never tried either and can't attest to their usefulness, but I have followed a bunch of cases of a farrier who uses them all the time and who has a lot of success with them. And I don't just mean regular hoof care, but pathologic cases of navicular disease, laminitis, bad hoof cracks, white line disease and thrush (most often in combinations), where regular methods had all been tried to no avail and she often was called there as last resort. The previous farriers might just have been incompetent, I don't know, but you cannot deny the results she got. Visit her website and read for yourself: Home
There's a lot of case studies on there complete with pics.
Besides, all you are trying to say now is that you are against innovation? I believe any farrier, trimmer or anyone otherwise involved in long-term care of hooves should have plenty training, extensive scientifical knowledge and a lot of practice before they should be allowed to work on their own. Do I think everyone should switch over to barefoot and completely drop the concept of metal shoes? No, I don't, and never claimed to, but I do think people owe it to themselves and their horses to not limit their vision on 'the way things were always done' and educate themselves on what else is out there. In the end it comes down to what our horses are happiest with, and not what the owner wants (if only every owner thought that way). Barefoot is far from a new concept, and I definitely won't be the one blaming people for trying to find new and better ways to do it, and while they're at it, why not improve the metal shoes too? It's all for the good of the horse, after all. Here's also an article from the same person about the Ground Control shoes and scientific reasons of why they are preferable: The Natural Farrier: The Best Horseshoe Plastic Ground Control vs. Steel and Aluminum Horseshoes