Barefoot/Natural Horse Trimming Vs. Shoeing
I learned to ride at a boarding barn where all the horses (over 40) get done by the same farriers. You where allowed to bring your own farrier but everyone loves these two brothers. I did a co-op for school at a place and they used the same two brothers to shoe and trim their horses. I saw them correct conformation errors in young horses and take a dead lame horse and trim it's feet and put special shoes on to make it comfortable enough to go on being littly ridden. When I got my first horse a few years ago, naturally I wanted theses two brothers to do it. Problem. They point blank refuse to come out to a barn for less then 5-10 horses. And definetly not if it is far from their home. So I got stuck jumping from farrier to farrier trying to find one I liked. This one charged too much, this one didn't handle my horse right, this one couldn't be counted on to come out when you called him. Finally after a couple of years and having just rescued Indy I found a blacksmith who trims horses but I asked about shoes and he said he didn't shoe horses. I figured I'd try him because Indy was in desprate need of a trim when we got her and I could always find someone else to put shoes on her. He showed up at the barn where I keep her just as the kids who live there returned home from an outing. The next hour - an hour and a half he pain-stakingly trimmed her superlong and cracked feet, and spent the whole time patiently explaining exactly what he was doing to me, the kids, and their parents who had come over to watch. He showed them the bruising in her feet and explained what caused it and how to prevent it. He showed the kids who groom her everyday how to make sure the frog is clean and use hydrogen peroxide to get rid of any sign of thrush that might pop up. He was AMAZING! He handled her really calmly and she was so in love with him and he so in love with her, at the end he crouched under her belly and lifted her two diagnol legs till they touched. With her balancing above him nose down, completley calm. So I finally found a farrier...and he does natural trimming so I have my horse trimmed naturally. He explained the difference and of course made barefoot/natural sound better but I wonder which do you all pre-fer.
Myth= Free/Cheap horses are expensive.
Indy was $150 we keep her in a pasture with a shed for free and she is brushed and fussed over dailey. Other then deworming and feet trimming she isn't costing us anything.