Originally Posted by Vidaloco
You can ask your farrier about a barefoot trim, but any farrier I've had always poo pooed me and went ahead with the pre-shoe or pasture trim.
That is how I have found it too. Even my life-long friend and riding buddy in WPA thinks barefoot trimming is a bunch of nonsense
Much as she loves Duke, my metabolic horse, and she knows a half tablet of bute about knocks him clean out, she STILL thinks I should bute him to get shoes on his arthritic self because "they would be much better for his laminitic condition than running barefoot"
So we don't discuss it anymore because she loses
Other places to also look would be the bulletin boards and counters in your local feed/tack shops and Tractor Supplies.
Sadly, like shoers, not all barefoot farriers are created equal either, so I would agree to buy the Pete Ramey book and read up on barefoot trimming.
That way, you will have a sense for what is right and wrong and if you're possibly being handed a line of baloney from someone :)