Originally Posted by loosie
Yup, agree thoroughly, that if someone were looking for a farrier to do shoes, I wouldn't recommend me either.
That's mainly why I don't call myself a farrier & advise people looking for one to find a good one. I would only do it in case of desperate 'first aid' these days and do ensure I have a few respected farriers I can refer people to - I don't just leave them hanging. Been meaning to 'refresh' my skills there, but just haven't got around to it, given it's not a high priority as I've only had to 'outsource' for that reason 3 times now in the last decade.
oh no no no! :) I was talking theoretically only. Not only are you not in my area - but no offense, the barefoot movement would have to come a long way, a very long way before I'd even consider it again.
I used a barefoot trimmer with one of my first horses in the US. America is pretty progressive with some things (health care) in comparison to the UK so I tried it. After she finished the trim she said my horse might be lame - yup. I should wait until after the next trim (I am sorry horse) I waited.
Next trim was done in the pasture (because that's where the horse is most comfortable, and that's what it's all about - her words) I spent my time trying to run off other horses. She also told me that 'oh look, he's licking, he likes what I am doing'.
Ok - goodbye lady.
Obviously not all barefooters are insane - in fact a few of my good friends have talked to you and are barefooters themselves now.
However I will not move to the movement until there is some standards to it. And I will never leave my horse lame again, just because that's what happens from those evil shoes.