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post #21 of 29 Old 01-29-2013, 01:47 PM
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My farrier taught me 13 years ago how to trim feet, been doing my own ever since. Some on here are blowing it out of proportion, it really isn't all that tough to learn. The tough part is actually doing the work.
I agree. It's not rocket science, you don't have to measure with a micrometer, and you don't need to worry yourself to death over making your horse's hooves look exactly like the 'perfect hoof' in the book. If your horse's feet are healthy and comfortable, and can do the work you want/need, you've done your job.
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post #22 of 29 Old 01-29-2013, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
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I ride on pavement & she has no problem with it. Also, I file about every 3 weeks or so, depending. Did my farrier charge me? For showing me how to trim? No he didnt.
How fast do you ride? Just a walk, or do you trot and canter?

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Would a horse that is barefoot be able to be rise on paved roads?

Did your farrier change you?

I'm not sure what youmean by paved roads, roadwork (on tarmac) is excellent for bare hooves.
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Would a horse that is barefoot be able to be rise on paved roads?

Did your farrier change you?
If you meant "rise to", probably. You can't, however, take a barefoot horse from soft ground and work them on hard ground in one day. They need to build to it. Many people, including me, use boots over extreme ground....whether they need it or not. I do it more for "impact" - the rubber absorbs much of impact their bones would otherwise take over rock.

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post #25 of 29 Old 01-29-2013, 05:51 PM
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How fast do you ride? Just a walk, or do you trot and canter?

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It all depends. I ride on paved roads daily, but only for a short amount of time while I get to a dirt road. I have walked/trotted/cantered on it, and it does not seem to bother her in the least bit. She seems way more comfortable on a paved road rather than a dirt road.
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If you meant "rise to", probably. You can't, however, take a barefoot horse from soft ground and work them on hard ground in one day. They need to build to it. Many people, including me, use boots over extreme ground....whether they need it or not. I do it more for "impact" - the rubber absorbs much of impact their bones would otherwise take over rock.

Sorry, meant ride on.
Thank you. I thought it might hurt a little if they had to run on paved roads.

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post #27 of 29 Old 01-29-2013, 08:56 PM
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I rode our mare on the roads all the time when we were kids. It was the only way we could go for a ride in the woods a few miles from our houses. Our horses were all barefoot. I actually rode so much that Lady didn't need her feet trimmed. Think about that for a second...

Now I don't ride that much (too bad), but also don't ride on the roads here much either. Basically because there is no shoulder to get off onto, and I live on a backwoods State HWY now... :(
I've learned to trim my horses hooves, and before I got stuck in the rut of doing a plain pasture trim, and Natural Hoof Trimmer taught me how to do a barefoot trim. She later gave me a DVD of her demonstrating how to do it when I brought home a rescue mare.
I am not good at explaining, but I could show someone how. I use a Hoof Jack that cost about $125 or $150. My nippers and rasp are old, but, we've sent the nippers in to be sharpened. The hoof knife is second hand too. So you don't *have* to spend a whole lot of money to get started. Most trimmers are more than happy to talk your ear off about how and what they are doing and tell you why.
My back isn't the greatest anymore, so when it is hurting I make sure to get either just the fronts or just the rears done. That way the horse is balanced. I'll go back out in a day or two and do the two that still need trimming. Most of the time I can get through all four feet. But only one horse a day!

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Would a horse that is barefoot be able to be rise on paved roads?

Did your farrier change you?
I learned from watching, helping and being taught by some people who trimmed. Can't say what it's like in your area, but when I got started people were always glad to teach and assist. Providing the help and the students appreciation was more than enough payment for them.
Of course time moves on and things do change, but I still help out whenever someone needs me to. I'm still old school so it's about the horse and helping people take the best care of them.

Yes, you can ride them on pavement. Unshod will actually make them less likely to slip or slide than they would if shod. Mine are on pavement most days from before I start training them to ride. For over 40 years I've found two main results from riding my horses on pavement and hard surfaces. They don't need as much of a trim or as often (it creates a certain amount of wear) and their hoof tends to get a bit harder after about a year. To the point that it's not worth trying to use my hoof knives on the hoof (still great for the bars) and just use the rasp/file. I trim as needed, which is generally a light touch up trim every 2 to 3 weeks.

Of course a lot of it depends on how much you ride. More riding = more wear. Would not ride exclusively or mostly on pavement if you ride for hours every day. You can wear them too much. Even though I ride on the road regularly and often my mount wants to ride on the road I still spend more time off the road than on. If I have a good shoulder I use it unless I'm specifically wanting more wear on the hoof or if I just want some more "road" time for toughening up the feet of a new horse. Some places leave no options but hard, rocky ground and you want tough conditioned feet before you spend days riding on that.
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I think at the end of the day it depends on how experienced you are and how well do you know your horses feet and needs.
Personally I am a supporter in natural life for horses. I would never shoe my horse simply because I believe in tonnes of research that points out many dangers and problems associated with shoeing. A healthy horse that is fed right, vetted and cleaned regularly should not need to have shoes at all BUT good regular trim and maintenance is crucial. This is where experience and knowledge in this area is of utmost importance. I have a good farrier coming once every 2 months to measure, trim, and check the feet for general health issues. I do my own filing and light trimming in between his visits. I do know my horses feet quite well and over the years grew confidence and practical experience but by all means would always have a professional to do the main job.
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