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post #1 of 20 Old 01-12-2011, 10:08 PM Thread Starter
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Barefoot Trimming

So basically im learning the way of Pete ramey
The barefoot natual way. I wanted to take farrier but got interested in this

Wanted to know peoples views on it
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post #2 of 20 Old 01-13-2011, 06:37 AM
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So basically im learning the way of Pete ramey
The barefoot natual way. I wanted to take farrier but got interested in this

Wanted to know peoples views on it
I studied several big barefoot trimmers names out there, and frankly I found Ramey the hardest to understand (whether the book or video).
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post #3 of 20 Old 01-13-2011, 11:51 AM
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I am a Ramey fan, though agree his articles aren't the easiest . I have his book and found it relatively easy to follow. I would like to get his DVD set, but I'm waiting for someone to sell it used for a lower price.
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post #4 of 20 Old 01-13-2011, 08:39 PM
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I am a Ramey fan, though agree his articles aren't the easiest . I have his book and found it relatively easy to follow. I would like to get his DVD set, but I'm waiting for someone to sell it used for a lower price.
Hi,

I too think Ramey is pretty good. I haven't found his articles, etc hard, but then again, I did discover him long after I'd learned a lot about the subject. Luvs2, I actually have an 'Under The Horse' DVD set(near new) that I am selling, but unfortunately I'm in Australia, so the postage may make it not so much cheaper! His DVD sets are very good though & I thought well worth the money, although I'm stint atm & am selling them on, partly to fund an EP course I'm doing this year!
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post #5 of 20 Old 01-13-2011, 09:05 PM
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4sweetfeet.com has a lot of good videos on trimming your own horse

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post #6 of 20 Old 01-13-2011, 09:36 PM
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I took Farrier Science in college, and learned to trim and shoe that way on cadaver feet (like a farrier, only not as experienced ). So I maintained my owned horses shod for a number of years.

Then my health took a turn for the worse, right around the time I got a new horse that wouldn't let me shoe his back feet. I could trim him, but he must of been quicked a lot, because any kind of hammering back there and he would jerk his foot away. I just couldn't get him done.

So I researched barefoot horses on the internet, thinking if I could just shoe the fronts and not the backs, I would be so happy! What I found was a whole new world than I new existed. Not only was it "okay" for my horse to be barefoot (on all four feet!), many people thought it was much healthier!

So I dove into barefoot hoof care and have never looked back. I bought both Pete Ramey's and Jaime Jackson's books and learned to maintain my horses barefoot. I ride almost everywhere barefoot, but I do use Easyboot Epics if I trailer out and I don't know how much rock we will encounter.

But I am perfectly happy this way and I do think it is much healthier than keeping them shod. Even if I booted them everytime I rode, they would still be barefoot 20 hours out of the day, which I think is great.

The only downside is that it does take some effort to do your own horse's hooves and to boot and unboot them. It IS much easier to just pay a farrier to shoe them and viola, they are ready to ride. But I never have to worry about loosing shoes, my horses are always ready to ride, and I never have to hire a farrier, I can trim them myself whenever they need doing. I usually don't do major trim jobs, I just tweak and rasp as they need it.

So I am happy with the Pete Ramey/Jaime Jackson method. I would love to get his DVDs, but they are so expensive that I figure I can live without them.

My main advice would be to NEVER take off any sole unless it is flaking off already. You would be surprised at how just taking off a tad can affect the horse's soundness. Soles are usually pretty thin. I don't go taking off much frog or bar either, unless they are trying to come off on their own. Basically, remove excess hoof wall but not much of anything else if you want to be able to ride them barefoot. And round the edges good with a rasp (mustang roll). So really, it's pretty simple.
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post #7 of 20 Old 01-13-2011, 11:10 PM
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LOVE IT! 7 years ago I found a Pete Ramey certified farrier and I hired her to teach me how to do the barefoot trim. It was the best money I ever spent. I really do feel that my horses feet are healthier.
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Wow, just had to comment, RatherBeRiding, on what a gorgeous looking horse you have in your avatar there! Cheers.
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post #9 of 20 Old 01-14-2011, 08:01 AM
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Wow, just had to comment, RatherBeRiding, on what a gorgeous looking horse you have in your avatar there! Cheers.
Thank you so much, Loosie! This horse is the only one I have ever had that loves having his picture taken. He is such a ham!

Nice to meet someone else who believes in Barefoot.
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post #10 of 20 Old 01-14-2011, 08:48 PM
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I wanted to chime in, I love Ramey's "Under the Horse" DVD series, it is jam packed with information and completely worth the price - and I rarely think ANY instructional video is worth that kind of price. However, he really is a crap public speaker. Kinda just a humble southern guy, he does stumble on his words a lot but he usually does demonstrate his points pretty well, I thought. While I initially learned form another source (clinic) I learned a lot from the DVDs as well, and have watched them more than once and pick up more each time. Been trimming my own horses for a year now. Just a heads up.


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