11-09-2010, 05:52 PM
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All my horses are barefoot. I use a certified natural barefoot trimmer that I love. I have 4 TB, 1 Arab, and 1 Appy. Two of my TB's had terrible feet when I got them a year ago. One is still not the best but found that it was her diet. A few weeks on Focus HF and she's looking great.
I stopped liking shoes the one and only time I put them on my first horse. Everyone put them on so I thought I needed to. She cut up her legs from poor clinching and slid everywhere. That's the last time I ever put shoes on my horses. I was so glad when natural trimming came out. Even my Arab who has weak pasterns is doing better. Plus they all love him, even my TB who hated having her hooves messed with now stands beautifully. Any new horse I get after two or three trims stops fussing. I think because they realize that thier feet won't hurt or ache afterwards.
I will tell you that a natural barefoot trim is loads different from a barefoot trim
Done by a normal shoeing farrier. Just like its best to make sure your shoeing farrier is certified, make sure your natural barefoot trimmer is certified. These people may be more expensive, but then they've spent lots of money on learning how to do the trimming right. For riding on rough terrain they are coming out with some very nice boots that work great.
Current price is $35 for horses, $25 for minis. But he says that with my herd growing I'll soon be qualified for a discount :).