Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~
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.