I have always have been a "fan" of the barefoot trims. I always knew (in my mind & from the little research, I have done) that the natural hoof was "more" healthier. Up until this past year I was lucky enough to have "tough" Arab feet to take care off. Recently I got a rescue TB. Here feet were terrible. As I researched & researched on diet, hoof products & suppliments it became very obvious to me that what I thoguth was barefoot trims were not really the "REAL" thought of a BAREfoot trim of the "Natural" horse. Needless to say I started to research more on the BAREFOOT[b] trims and became even more amazed at how much my 20 + years of expreience never brought me! LOL. I learned a whole NEW aspect of the natural Barefoot trim.
As I began to conduct my personal search for a "Natural" horse trimmer my BO was doing the same thing on a whim! She had a mare that had after yrs of being shoed become very tenderfooted "even" with shoes & very lame often. She also found that her mare who is general calm & well behave became very negative when it became time to get her shoes done! (Trying to make an already long story short) she found someone before I did and had him to the barn for a consult. He not only looked at her horses but "us" two boarders as well. He gave consults on all the horses at the farm. She was thrilled by him & called me. I told her I was personally researching the idea & told her I was thrilled to give him a try as oppose of our "normal" guy who just trims & shoes. Dan Lynch was his name & my god that MAN knows his stuff. He took every horse he did yesterday (5) to be exact and educated us about what was wrong with the horses hoof & how we can correct it & what we can do etc etc. He told us many options & gave us every educational aspect that he knew. He explained everything he did and why he did it. He made sure we understood why he was doing it. He was wonderful. He also took a pic of ever horse & their hooves. He had a voice recorder & recorded his thoughts & what actions he wanted to move onto next time he came out. After he was done with ever horse he did a quick lunge or walk around the pasture to make sure the horse was not "sore"! He was good with all the horses and all the horses seemed to love him & his loving touch. He does not tie he only ground ties & has no one help or hold the horses. It was totally amazing. I can not say how happy I am with him.
Good thing is everything he records & takes pictures of he takes home & creates a file about you & your horse. Every change or update he does he emails you the file & info.
Not only was he a trimmer but he hung around & talked to us about other various "training" tips & excersises to try around the field & on the trails. Amazing man. He has followed "Pete Ramey" which I'm sure many of you may know. What an amazing character!
What are everyone else's experiences on natural trimmers? Pro's & Con's are okay. Any other advice you want to tell me or show me. This is all very exciting to me! LOL.