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post #1 of 11 Old 05-23-2010, 07:15 AM Thread Starter
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Barefoot health- suggestions are loved

What is the best way to keep your horses feet in tip top condition?

My horse is barefoot, the more natural the better. They are in great condition now, but I would love to know how to prevent waring and things like that. I trail ride, and I'm one of the few (out of who I trail ride with) who has a horse with no shoes. Actually, out of twenty-three horses in the barn only four are barefoot. I don't think I ride on the most rugged terrain. I ride alot in the indoor and he has shavings for bedding. I've head that those two things can dry the hoof out?

Is there any good website you look at for barefoot health? I wish I had a barefoot specialist around here, but sadly I don't.

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post #2 of 11 Old 05-23-2010, 08:57 AM
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i'm not sure if i'll be much help. but there are supplments and stuff you can put one the foot to keep it hard and such. but i took my mustang barefoot about 6-8 months ago. and shei s WONDERFUL you can see a huge difference in her attitude. and we ride is very rough terrain sometimes and she is never ouchy. and people always say they wouldn't ride their horse barefoot where they wouldn't walk barefoot. but horses are much tougher than you think considering they are barefoot all over the mountains out in the wild

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post #3 of 11 Old 05-23-2010, 09:33 AM
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This is my trimmer's site. Barefoot Hoof Care by Amber Mohr She has case studies, links to reputable barefoot sites and lots of articles. Start there and go forth and educate yourself as well as you can. :)

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post #4 of 11 Old 05-23-2010, 09:34 AM
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Forgot to ask you were you are located(general location). You might be surprised, could be a great trimmer in your area.

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post #5 of 11 Old 05-24-2010, 06:30 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, I will try to get him on hoof supplements. Appy, I'm in NY, the closest person I found was 5 hours away and they weren't willing to travel. Nor can I. I will check out the website I love to read about it.

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post #6 of 11 Old 05-24-2010, 06:53 AM
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Its hard when they are stalled. A general rule is if you want to ride on it they need to live on it. Many people put gravel and rocks around the water trough to help toughen feet. Supplements will help with a healthy foot but not necessarily a tough one.
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post #7 of 11 Old 05-24-2010, 07:41 AM
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Not saying you haven't checked thoroughly, just wanted to link you to a site that may have someone. This one is NY state. Farrier Search - March 2006

This one has many other places to check.
The Horse's Hoof: Locate a Trimmer

I'm sure there are other listings, I just clicked the first GOOGLE search result I saw had a list.

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post #8 of 11 Old 05-24-2010, 02:22 PM
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The best thing for keeping a horse barefoot is turnout, on dry, hard ground. 24/7 is preferable, with only stall time to eat "feed".

A very natural diet is best too. Lots of grass or mixed hay, with no grain or sweet feed. My horses get 1 lb of ADM's StaySTRONG Metabolic Mineral pellets and 1/2 scoop (3qt scoop) of chopped alfalfa hay. Since my horses don't have much grazing, they also get a Omega 3 supplement, Uckele's Cocosoya oil, 2-4 oz depending on the horse. My hard workers or keepers get 1-1.5 scoops of Alfalfa pellets as well (3-4lbs).

My horses have to deal with mud; there's not much I can do about it, so I treat all of them for thrush 2-4 times a week, depending on pasture conditions. I spray the bottom of their feet with either Iodine (weak solution from the farm store) or other thrush product. I use Hoof Heal as a topical treatment twice a week during the summer as we go from mud to rock hard and back to mud quickly and often... Hoof Heal moisturizes the feet as well as prevents bacterial and thrush growth.

Frequent trimming is good too. It promotes hoof balance and proper wear. I trim mine myself every 3-5 weeks, depending on the horse. I only have one horse that needs boots for trail riding. I use Easy Boot Edge boots on her. I still have one in front shoes, but she will be transitioned to barefoot soon.
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post #9 of 11 Old 05-24-2010, 05:03 PM
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Here is the site I use and recommend most of the time, it is packed with info ans pictures and scenarios.

My best advice for you is to keep the hooves beveled around the edge to prevent flares and keep the wall off the ground, keep them clean, and give the horse a good biotin supplement to make sure they are in greatcondition. Also do not feed too much concentrate, pasture and good quality hay is the best diet for a barefoot horse, stay away from too much starch and sugar.

Tom is barefoot and it has done nothing but make him more surefooted and hoof healthy. He can walk across gravel as well as any shod horse around. All I have to do is keep him trimmed and balanced, keep the cracks in his quarters(stillll growing out...) trimmed and beveled, he is pastured and fed hay with no extra junk.

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post #10 of 11 Old 05-25-2010, 06:24 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone, I'm very excited to help Gunther with his natural feet.

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