Originally Posted by charliBum
HAHAH ohk hun, well people have bred out the nature side of hoof care in tbs in my eyes, his feet are not from a natural selected way of things so they are not what nature intended, i\they are what people wanted.
He is still an animal isn't he? Sure shoeing all his life gave him the tame horse "box" foot, but its been proven, and yes if you'd like me to prove what I say, I can many times over..., that the hoof, if properly trimmed(every 3/6 weeks), left barefoot and balanced correctly can and will return to a natural and comfortable state. You cannot breed out biology HON, but you can add steel shoes that prevent proper hoof flexion, growth, and wear, making them appear changed...So before you go making excuses for being closed minded and condescending, Id get my facts straight...But it seems like you just want a "fix" not a solution, you want the easiest road possible to keep the horse rideable for your own porposes, its ok plenty of people do it, but until you can say you left that horse barefoot and properly trimmed for a year or so( it can take that long for the hoof to properly realign itself and stop being tender) and take competing(after all which is more important, your animals health or your pride?) out of the equation, don't try to make it sound like youve tried and it didnt work...
btw How long did you try barefoot? Did you ride him during the first few weeks? Do you know it can take a few months for the sole to regrow to an adequit thickness from being pared away for shoeing? Do you know anything about how a horses hoof really works, how its anatomy is designed to flex and pump blood(which is hindered by shoes...), or are you one of those people who think it(it being a hoof) is just the painless thing that a horse walks on? Maybe you should read up a bit on equine anatomy...
Im not spazzing or anything id just like to know where you are coming from and why you ask for opinions then cast them off as crap...HON. I know I'm not an expert and don't pretend to be, I just read and attempt to have a bit of knowledge about the animals I love.
Anyone who thinks I am out of line with anything I say is more than welcome to correct me, Id like to know your opinions.