Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Hatton Vale, QLD, Australia
thanks for that but I know a fair whack about barefoot and resent the insinuation that I don't if indeed that is what you were meaning. I have had my horses barefoot for a long time and have found a fantastic barefoot farrier that has fixed many problems and fixed them well. I would have to disagree that the only difference between a barefoot farrier and a normal farrier is not pounding nails ??? A good barefoot farrier is worth their weight in gold and IME no normal farrier can do a proper barefoot job.
Having barefoot horses myself, with excellent feet I might add, I would also have to disagree with the notion that diet and housing must be changed. Any horse whether shod or not should be getting a nutritious diet that covers all its dietary needs. IF this is happening, things like coat, mane, tail and feet should be in optimum health. Same as housing. All horses should have access to a dry, flat area etc whether barefoot or not. Aside from a horse needing proper nutrition for great feet and having suitable housing I can't see any other reason why switching to barefoot is a big drama. In most instances, the horses benefit from a good barefoot job within a short amount of time. I have a tb who was so typically tb when I got her with flat feet and weak walls from years of shoeing. After 6 months of regular barefoot trims her feet had gained concavity and were strenghtening well. 3 years later her feet are a picture of health. Combined with a good diet and good housing (which every horse should already have) her feet are thriving.
"I whisper but my horse doesnt listen...So I yell!!...He still doesnt listen"