Originally Posted by petitepyromaniac
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.