Opinions on barefoot horses? - The Horse Forum

 4Likes
  • 2 Post By ~*~anebel~*~
  • 2 Post By Muppetgirl
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 9 Old 04-05-2013, 11:11 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Wendover, NV
Posts: 312
• Horses: 0
Opinions on barefoot horses?

What do you guys think of going barefoot with competition horses? All the horses I've worked with, and the one I have owned have always had shoes.

I like the idea of barefoot horses, but I think there are certain situations where a horse should have shoes. I think horses that pull carts in asphalt regualrly, and horses who do sliding stops should wear shoes. Do you know of any horse with healthy hooves that does either of those barefoot?

What about jumpers? It seems like something like if the horse was properly adjusted, the horse would do just fine. Then again, horses don't normally jump 4ft unless asked by a rider, therefore the evolution of their hooves may not be suited to that, no matter how healthy their hooves are.

Do you know of any top level competition horses that go barefoot?

What are your opinions?
Jalter is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 9 Old 04-05-2013, 11:19 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: In the saddle.
Posts: 5,157
• Horses: 1
I've just transitioned my FEI dressage horse to barefoot. He has hi/lo syndrome and his front feet are quite mismatched.
He has had front shows since he was 4 years old and hinds since he was 7.

It was tough to transition him because he does not have the best feet (they chip very easily) but now that he is on his fifth trim cycle he is doing quite well. Come outdoor competition season I am thinking I will need to get hoof boots to be on strange properties without chipping his feet badly, and my farrier has also talked to me about putting a polymer on his feet (Like Flextrax or Eqitrax) but we will see - this year will be an experiment and hopefully it goes well. I want to wait on the boots because his feet are really changing - I should post pictures actually.
We've also talked about polyurethane shoes but the brand my farrier wants to use on my horse is not carried in his size. So we are barefoot for now!
Muppetgirl and Jalter like this.

They say money doesn't buy happiness -- well happiness doesn't buy horses!
~*~anebel~*~ is offline  
post #3 of 9 Old 04-05-2013, 11:24 PM
Started
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 1,614
• Horses: 0
Ugh, don't even get me started. People want to put shoes on their yearlings these days because they are so over-worked.

Absolutely. Not. Going. To. Happen.

I always keep my horses as barefoot for as long as they can, but sometimes when they are older and they are being worked for peak performance, shoes help them stop being ouchy. We don't have the cushy dirt at home, so in the summer the ground can get pretty hard. Plus, at shows you are dealing more than just with the arena dirt; sometimes you are walking your horse around on concrete a lot more than you realize.

Also, some sports require them for performance, like sliding plates on reiners. If you had to slide without plates, I can imagine it would be really painful for the animal.


oh vair oh is offline  
post #4 of 9 Old 04-05-2013, 11:26 PM
Banned
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 3,712
• Horses: 0
Well my horse isn't top level, but will be competing on the same ground as the rest of them! He's a reiner and has very good big solid feet.....so I'm lucky with that! The only reason I put shoes on are sliding plates on the back, can't slide without them. Otherwise I'd leave him bare foot all the time.

Jumping is a little different because of the ground. If you're on grass you will need shoes so you can put studs in to stop slipping and aid gripping, I'd guess the same applies to eventers as well. Someone more involved with that sport may be able to elude in more detail
Muppetgirl is offline  
post #5 of 9 Old 04-05-2013, 11:29 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: In the saddle.
Posts: 5,157
• Horses: 1
Yes jumping on grass and eventing you do need to cork the horse up - I'm wondering is there any barefoot or poly shoe option that offers corking? I've just looked at a few of the "barefoot shoe" options and none seem to offer corking - although some do have better traction - I wonder if this is enough for a jumper/eventer?

They say money doesn't buy happiness -- well happiness doesn't buy horses!
~*~anebel~*~ is offline  
post #6 of 9 Old 04-05-2013, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Wendover, NV
Posts: 312
• Horses: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~ View Post
I've just transitioned my FEI dressage horse to barefoot. He has hi/lo syndrome and his front feeuite mismatched.
He has had front shows since he was 4 years old and hinds since he was 7.

It was tough to transition him because he does not have the best feet (they chip very easily) but now that he is on his fifth trim cycle he is doing quite well. Come outdoor competition season I am thinking I will need to get hoof boots to be on strange properties without chipping his feet badly, and my farrier has also talked to me about putting a polymer on his feet (Like Flextrax or Eqitrax) but we will see - this year will be an experiment and hopefully it goes well. I want to wait on the boots because his feet are really changing - I should post pictures actually.
We've also talked about polyurethane shoes but the brand my farrier wants to use on my horse is not carried in his size. So we are barefoot for now!
I would have loved to let my horse go barefoot. I gave up because I was given false information by my farrier of all people. He said if I pull his shoes, and don't ride for a few trimming cycles, he will be fine. NOT! That only costed me three months I could have been riding, and on top of that, the same farrier got mad that I let his hooves get that chipped. He trimmed the horses.hooves twice, and I called him.a few times between it all >.<

I have now been informed on how to properly transition a horse, and would love to do it with my.next horse. Just wondering, if I were to get a yearling who has.never been in shoes, would I have to do anything special to adjust him to be barefoot? I'm assuming I wouldn't have to since he has never had shoes to.mess up his hooves. Correct me if I am wrong.
Jalter is offline  
post #7 of 9 Old 04-05-2013, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Wendover, NV
Posts: 312
• Horses: 0
Sorry about the excessive punctuation. The space bar on my phone is too small haha.
Jalter is offline  
post #8 of 9 Old 04-05-2013, 11:33 PM
Banned
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 3,712
• Horses: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~ View Post
Yes jumping on grass and eventing you do need to cork the horse up - I'm wondering is there any barefoot or poly shoe option that offers corking? I've just looked at a few of the "barefoot shoe" options and none seem to offer corking - although some do have better traction - I wonder if this is enough for a jumper/eventer?
Hmmm well when I was a groom with the show jumpers we used some pretty big studs, 1" at times......sigh I'd have to screw in and out 32 studs a day, that's 64 times a day! 32 in, 32 out!!! Some horses had pads between shoe and hoof, but no poly shoes to speak of. I don't know if you'd get the same quality of grip with a poly shoe. I don't think it would be enough at all......not for the big timers on the grass at least......
Muppetgirl is offline  
post #9 of 9 Old 04-05-2013, 11:34 PM
Banned
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 3,712
• Horses: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jalter View Post
I would have loved to let my horse go barefoot. I gave up because I was given false information by my farrier of all people. He said if I pull his shoes, and don't ride for a few trimming cycles, he will be fine. NOT! That only costed me three months I could have been riding, and on top of that, the same farrier got mad that I let his hooves get that chipped. He trimmed the horses.hooves twice, and I called him.a few times between it all >.<

I have now been informed on how to properly transition a horse, and would love to do it with my.next horse. Just wondering, if I were to get a yearling who has.never been in shoes, would I have to do anything special to adjust him to be barefoot? I'm assuming I wouldn't have to since he has never had shoes to.mess up his hooves. Correct me if I am wrong.
No, you shouldn't have to do anything with him. Just get him trimmed when he needs it
~*~anebel~*~ and Jalter like this.
Muppetgirl is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Looking into boots to transition to barefoot*opinions* itsapleasure Hoof Care 11 07-21-2012 08:20 PM
barefoot horses books Makoda Horse Health 3 05-17-2011 01:15 PM
*Pictures* barefoot trim critique/opinions New_image Horse Health 47 02-25-2011 02:31 PM
Please give me your opinions on her recent barefoot trim Seahorseys Horse Health 7 03-21-2010 09:51 PM
Barefoot trimming for already barefoot horses? Crimsonhorse01 Horse Health 6 12-07-2009 06:09 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome