I've been noticing this cropping up a lot in various hoof related topics and I wanted to try to gather some opinions on it.
I'm usually a skeptic of the natural horse care fads but this one seems to be less ridiculous in my opinion. Horses Going Barefoot.
I've done some reading and I notice the biggest reason people tend to disagree with this movement is from bad experience. They talk about trying it and then watching their horses hooves fall apart. The thing is though, they don't seem to realize that there is a specific technique to trimming that enables the hoof to deal better. A lot of them have also ignored the advice about using a boot for the first few months.
I can understand the advantages to barefoot trimming. Without any weight on their feet, horses move immensely better, and that's becoming hugely important for showing.
Still, if I wanted to remove the weight from my horses feet, I'd just need to put aluminum shoes on him.
Sooo, what other advantages are there? Does anyone have any disadvantages to bring up? I'm guessing probably not because I've seen a lot of advocation for barefoot trimming on here, but who knows.
I'm still going to play the skeptic, as someone who keeps four shoes on his horse year round, but it's becoming harder to ignore the idea. I'm beginning to think it's not such a bad thing.