I don't know how I would have to compromise. I'm sure that there's still much I can learn, but I don't know when or if I would need to compromise or what situations would cause me to not being able to ride. I suppose I need to learn more. And I'm still learning mind you, but I still cannot find anyone that has switched from barefoot to shod because it was a healthier alternative for their horse and it worked better. I've heard of people that tried a barefoot trim for like one or two trims and decided it didn't work so they went back to shoes. But two trims aint nearly enough time to develop a proper hoof on most horses. With a proper diet it will take about 8 months to grow a proper hoof. Or so I've learned. City of Houston Police Horses Go Barefoot, part 1
Barefoot horses working on paved city streets. I recall somewhere that in studies that have been done have shown a comparasion of shod horses over barefoot horses. A shod horse on soft ground has the same concussive impact as a barefoot horse running on pavement/cement. Scientific studies have shown this, not just a persons opinion.
I ride on rocky terrain. Rocky lava rock. With some steep hills I take him up and down. I've been riding without boots for the first month or so, but I bought boots because I simply wanted his hooves to turn into rock crunchers quicker. And also because I lowered the hoof wall too much two weeks ago following a certan sites recommendations. "I will not ever do that again." But before that I had no boots for him and he did fine in that lava rock. Ever since I lowered the hoof wall too much though, I haven't even wanted to try him without boots. No sense to go backwards when I wanna go forward. I also have to ride down a gravel road to get to the mountain I ride on.
I thought I read too, that a barefoot horse has more grip than a shoe on ice? And if it's about the best for the horse and the best for the rider and one must absolutely use a spike to run on ice then you can put on boots with spikes in em. Then take em off when you unsaddle. But if it's merely for the convenience of the rider and no care for the horse I can understand the shoes. It does take commitement to learn something that isn't in the mainstream. It's a challenge to grow rhino skin while the majority chooses not to be ostracized so they pick up stones and throw em at ya because you choose to learn. There's always two sides to a story and when you're only taught one side it makes me question what's being hidden on the other side of the coin.
I also recall a story of pete rameys who said in his horses that he used for group trail rides which he used every day. He said that the horses would wear down the shoe to a very thin level and he would be reshoing often. Much more often than normal because he used em so much. But he had no issuse with taking his horses barefoot and asking them to perform the same tasks. The hoof will grow if it needs to grow. Matter of fact he stated that they became healthier in that they weren't showing signs of soreness and lameness. And when they were shod they would need to rest for a while as he used a different horse.
If one were to trim barefoot and leave their horse in a soft ground arena/pasture and only ride on soft footing all the time and then one day expect the horse to ride on extreme rocks, you would probably be asking for trouble. I don't know for sure but I think you would need to condition em to it. From the pictures I've seen of horses that have never seen a rock in their lives and follow a barefoot trim they develop very deeply concave soles. And the ones that have varied terrain and rocks and such will have concave soles, but not as deep. I'm assuming that the rock crunchers just develope thicker and denser sole compared to the arena only horses.
Truth is that shoes were invented because the horses were stalled all day and night standing in their own muck/ammonia while living behind castle walls. That ammonia tore the hoof apart so, voila, shoes. Simply because the one person people will follow is choosing something doen't make that choice correct. People follow leaders even though those leaders choices are wrong. Learn to never follow and see the light shine. Question most everything you, we, were all taught. Because the majority of it is wrong. And there were plenty of working horses that did fine without shoes. There are today too. This world with it's societies are so backwards, I still feel like I'm dreaming in this world to see all that I do. I simply can't understand it. I understand it for its purpose though.
I also understand that die hard shoers will unlikely ever change their opinions. But I have a hard time following closed minded choices. And choices that were made from only inspecting one side of the coin. I prefer to follow experts that have made the mistakes on both sides of the coin and have chosen one side over the other for the obvious reason of it being a better path.
I'm just passionate I suppose. I enjoy all the opinions too though so that any new person can read the whole story and then choose for themselves. "To seperate oneself from the light and swim in darkness to only experience the joy of finding your way home."
rant rant rant. Please no one take offence to what I've said either. It's simply the EXPERIENCE of the people that have been there.