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post #1 of 7 Old 07-12-2011, 11:39 PM Thread Starter
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good pro-barefoot articles.

I am pretty much 100% pro barefoot,this is not a debate so please don't come and tell me why you think horses need shoes.
My barn owner is pretty much 100% pro shoes, which is fine. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I had always kept my 3 horses at home but I decided to move my OTTB mare up there where I take lessons for some extra help. I moved her in April planning on it only being for a month but then I found a student there who wanted to partial lease Bella so since board was being paid I kept her up there. In may she needed a trim and since my normal guy doesn't go up there I figured I would just have the barn farrier trim her, even tho I wasn't pleased with they way any of the horses feet looked I figured he couldn't mess up her feet too much in one trim. Boy was I wrong! Ever since then I cannot ride here anywhere even remotely rocky(including the outdoor arena). Last weekend I happen to be up there when the farrier was trimming and shoeing a few horses and now I see why my horses was and still is so tender. He rasps and pars SO much of the sole it's amazing he doesn't expose the coffin bone(ok a little dramatic I know, but you get my point). Val(BO) thinks this farrier is great because one of her horses came to her with "half a hoof" and "no hope of ever being sound" a few years ago and apparently he worked some magic lol.
A few weeks ago I had a barefoot trimmer out and Val was very interested in learning more about the methods(shoes are expensive after all). She doesn't understand how a horse in work can remain sound without shoes . The trimmer talked to her a bit and she seemed open to the idea but I think she really needs more info. She doesn't have a computer so I'm trying to compile info for her. The trimmer is coming back tomorrow to fit my mare for her easyboot epics(which I told Val are only 125 for a pair and she commented that was about "as much as full shoes and they are resuable so that's great"), and she is also going to be trimming 2 of Val's horses, one is a 30 year old who's feet are so bad from lack of attention he looks like he's going to founder, and the other is a 7 year old unbroke mare who was a rescue who has never(i believe) had her feet done, considering that they don't look half bad. Obviously it's a start, but I would really like some articles that will really get her to look at her horses feet and at least see that the shoeing job is sub-par. There is a horse up there I used to own(only horse I ever gave away/sold) when I had him he was 100% sound on anything, now even with shoes on he is tender footed on rocks. It's really a shame that his feet have gone downhill so much in the 4/5 years since I gave him away.

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post #2 of 7 Old 07-13-2011, 12:10 AM
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I am a hapoy barefooter and my girl go over gravel & cement no problem. Thought I live in the sticks so it us mostly grass/ dirt or gravel.

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At the barn where I take dressage lessons ALL the horses are barefoot, and thier feet look awesome.
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post #4 of 7 Old 07-14-2011, 10:30 AM
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This is a book I bought when I decided to trim my own horses, and it has a lot of good info:

I keep both my trail horses barefoot and only boot (front feet) if we get into really rocky terrain. They do GREAT and are sound and happy.

I rode the other day with about 10 other people and was sort of shocked that only me and my friend had our horses barefoot. Every other horse had shoes. Sometimes I forget that the rest of the world is still big into shoeing!

Also, trimming ANY sole that isn't flaking out on it's own is the "kiss of death" for a horse being sound barefoot in the rocks. I always leave any sole that is there, and even if I find some that needs to come out, I only help it out rather reluctantly. That is really the biggest thing I think with trimming to go barefoot, is to never go below the sole and never trim the sole.

The way I look at it is, a serious trail horse needs shoes probably more than any other horse, because they are expected to ride for hours over mixed terrain and rocks. If they can go barefoot, then an arena horse should be able to go barefoot.

And it's more than just "going barefoot." To me, the most important thing is my horse's health and soundness. I honestly feel barefoot is healthiest for the horse's feet and that a lot of soundness issues are caused by poor shoeing.
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Thanks guy, can anyone point me to any articles that lists all the pros of barefoot and the cons of shoes. Or something that basically says horses in work do not need shoes. This farrier that she uses I believe shuns barefoot and this may be a little paranoid and crazy to say but I almost feel like he trimmed my horse too short to try to get me to put shoes on her since he knew she would be tender footed afterwards. I DO NOT like this guy at all, and every time I try to say something to her about barefoot she says she just doesn't understand how a horse in work c and she said well you had to get boots for her, at that point I got a little agitated and said that she was fine on rocks until her farrier trimmed her. I HATE BAD FARRIERS!
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There are lots of articles on the internet about barefoot trimming and the benefits. My former horse had shoes on but hubby's horse didn't. Hubby's horse has feet like a horse is getting better on being tender which is caused more by some really cranky thrush than his feet being hard!

Several ladies and I at the barn got into barefoot trimming and we get together alot of times on Monday and work on feet. It has been an education but we also had Darolyn Butler come in a do a barefoot clinic for us. She had some interesting stuff on her site about trimming at Cypress -Barefootin' Natural Trim

She went to a clinic herself with Sabine Kells and one of the ladies at our barn is from Canada and used to ride with Sabine Kells before she got into the barefooting and before Lee Anne moved to Texas!!

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post #7 of 7 Old 07-16-2011, 10:19 PM
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Hi there!

This is the barefoot trimmer I use, and their website has some great information on going barefoot, and working horses going barefoot: Home | RoadTrimmers BareFoot HoofCare
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