When the farrier comes out next, I want to ask him if Gem can go barefoot again.
He's been shod for almost a year in Natural Balance Shoes (I believe that's what they're called)
We've seen a great improvement in his stride, but I think we would have seen great improvement when they went from
As of right now the only work he's doing is groundwork, and its not every day. He is not getting ridden ATM and maybe the only weight he'll have on is if my 7 or 3 year old niece want a pony ride. And they havent even asked yet.
I like my horses barefoot and I know he was shod to help with the breakover point, but I'm wondering if the farrier could just trim him.
Would the shoes really make that much of a difference? Also, I know there's going to have to be an adjustment period because he has to toughen up his hooves again. Is there anything we should be looking out for to see that he's in some discomfort, or just let him work it out? (He's turned out 24/7 and there are little to no rocks, just dirt and grass)