So, some have you read my recent thread about shoeing frustrations. It is to the point where I am considering switching my TB to barefoot. Three horses at my barn have made the transition with great success, including a 17 year old TB with navicular issues. It has me very curious about trying it with my horse.
Okay, guidelines. I am not looking for theory or conjecture. I am looking for real data, first hand knowledge of horses who have successfully or not successfully made the transition to barefoot. I already have had a healthy dose of self professed experts who just tell me "don't do it" and "he'll be lame for a year". Here are the questions I am trying to answer.
1. Time it took from when your horses shoes were first pulled to when things were completely back to normal.
2. Problems experienced. How many times was he lame? Abcesses? Other issues?
3. How often did you keep boots on each day versus letting the horse walk around barefoot? I'm assuming you start mostly booted and then work up the number of hours he's barefoot.
4. At what point was you horse rideable? We're you riding around in boots day 1, or did it take months before your horse could carry weight?
5. Are you glad you did it?
Thanks in advance guys and gals. I'm working a double today, so hit me with all the info you can!