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post #1 of 19 Old 10-19-2010, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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Opinions on the "barefoot trim"? The one that's supposed to mimic how hooves are naturally worn down in the wild, and actually make the hooves stronger?

What I'm particularly wondering is:

1. Can I really do cross country jumping and trail riding on a horse with the barefoot trim? It seems like a lot to ask of bare hooves.

2. How does it differ from a regular trim?

3. Is it really that easy to "do yourself"? I'd be SO scared of messing up my horse.

The thought of it intrigues me a lot, but I'm worried about it. Let me know what you think!
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post #2 of 19 Old 10-19-2010, 08:10 PM
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1. Can I really do cross country jumping and trail riding on a horse with the barefoot trim? It seems like a lot to ask of bare hooves.

2. How does it differ from a regular trim?

3. Is it really that easy to "do yourself"? I'd be SO scared of messing up my horse.
1. Yes. Though depending on the terrain and competition level you may want boots for specific x-country competitions. Trail riding for hours and hours is GOOD for healthy hooves.

2. -- I dunno. I have never done a "regular" trim and have never done shoes.

3. NO. It requires a lot of research and hands on experience with input/coaching/training from a qualified trimmer. Once you learn how to read a hoof it's kinda, sorta "easy", then you still have to learn what your limits are, how your tools work... Anything is easy once you know how to do it. But you've got to start somewhere: Start with a qualified trimmer doing your horse's hooves. Ask a lot of questions, but read, read, read first or you won't know what questions to ask. Then ask if you can do minor maintenance work in between farrier visits. Don't go in no-holds barred and just DIY.
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1. Yes. Though depending on the terrain and competition level you may want boots for specific x-country competitions.
When you say boots, are you meaning boots for their legs (splint boots, bell boots, etc), or the boots that you can purchase that actually surround the entire hoof (including the bottom)?

Also, is there some way I can be sure that the person I'm getting to do the trim is actually trained on it, and not just a regular farrier? Such as a "barefoot association" I can look up qualified barefoot trimmers (not sure if that's what you call it)?
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I would never do anything like X Country barefoot. There is too much change in terrain and you must have good footing.

Just like I would never compete barefoot. There are some lower events that you could do bare foot but not all.

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post #5 of 19 Old 10-19-2010, 09:00 PM
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If you want to know more about barefoot trimming, PM Indyhorse. She does barefoot trimming and is my farrier :)

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All the info you could want will be here Natural Hoof Trimming - Information on Natural Hoof Trimming .

When you start your horses on natural trimming the key is patience . My horses have always been barefoot but only been natural for the last 3 months and their feet are still changing shape !

My black mare's feet were trimmed wrong resulting in her feet being too big and her frog being too small and inactive - unstimulated.

I am seeing a massive improvement in my horses !
I have not had any slipping problems or tripping . They grip better when they can feel whats under them.

Anyway Im all for it !

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I compete nearly every weekend up to national level and all my horses are barefoot trimmed by myself with help from our professional trimmer.

Certain disciplines like reining need shoes, but I have done gameing, jumping, xc, cow work, endurance all bare.

If you can get healthy bare feet on your horse there isn't much they can't do without shoes.
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When you say boots, are you meaning boots for their legs (splint boots, bell boots, etc), or the boots that you can purchase that actually surround the entire hoof (including the bottom)?

Also, is there some way I can be sure that the person I'm getting to do the trim is actually trained on it, and not just a regular farrier? Such as a "barefoot association" I can look up qualified barefoot trimmers (not sure if that's what you call it)?
"Boots" are hoof boots.
I don't know what is in the US. Google it for a start and ask around. Read about barefoot trimming and look at other horses' hooves. That will help you choose a trimmer. Google "Jaime Jackson"-- maybe he has something setup for the States.
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I do a Ramey-style trim on my own horses. I had a local trimmer/instructor help me in learning. I also bought Ramey's books and read most of the articles on his web site. I'd like to buy the DVD set next, once I have the budget for it . I trim 3 of my 4 horses this way and two of the horses boarded with me. Only one horse needs boots for trail riding. We do arena jumping only right now, but my arena "grows rocks," so it's not a smooth sand surface.

My horses spend 24/7 outside, only in their stalls to eat. I feed a 100% grain-free diet: free choice mixed grass hay, alfalfa or timothy hay pellets, flax meal, and a custom vit/min supplement. I do not use any grains or pelleted feed. I have found that this living/feeding arrangement is key for successfull barefoot horses.
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post #10 of 19 Old 10-19-2010, 10:11 PM
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You can event barefoot. Many boot manufacturers have stud options for cross country or similar events. Renegades and Easy Boots both have options for studs, and they both perform well for rugged/tough riding.
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