And again I disagree. A good farrier will have plenty of experience trimming a barefoot hoof. My farrier does a wonderful job on my horses feet. Both are barefoot and my one horse competes at FEI levels nationally and internationally and both horses are very sound. I can ride both over gravel with no ouchyness even though one horse had only been barefoot 6 months.
A barefoot trimmer does not have the training to understand the horses confirmation and adjust the trim to suit the horse, not the method. All I've ever seen from barefoot trimmers is the same "one size fits all" mustang roll, low heel crap. I'm sorry but that is an excellent way to lame a horse who is otherwise sound, and especially a performance horse. As well, if the horse does need other options a barefoot trimmer won't know what to do and will recommend something dumb like working a foot sore horse on hard ground to "toughen up the hooves".
My farrier and many other reputable farriers I know go to lots of seminars, lectures, competitions, etc... where they learn far beyond what a barefoot trimmer can know from a 2 week course. Pleas don't tell me that my farrier who has kept my, and many other, high performance horse sound, is incapable of doing a trim. Seriously? That's BS spread by the barefoot cult. I am all for barefoot horses but I will always defer to a well trained well read and experienced farrier before some wacko with an online degree.
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Last edited by ~*~anebel~*~; 05-21-2013 at 01:41 AM.