Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
Shoes are definitely not "bad." Don't get me wrong. If I could leave Ricci barefoot, I would. But her feet are super tender. I've been trying to harden her hooves for the last two years with a hoof supplement and she gets ample time barefoot, about 4 to 6 months over the winter. She is better about going on the roads and trails, doesn't limp along as much, but I'm still not sure I want her barefoot, because if you could see how much we wear her shoes down, I can't imagine doing that to her hooves. Even when we just ride in the sandy, dirt pasture the whole time, we wear those shoes so much you can almost snap it in half when they get pulled off. Shoes have their benefits, and so does barefoot trimming. Each horse has different needs, and it's unfair to say that ALL horses should be barefoot. It's like saying ALL horses should be fed alfalfa hay as opposed to orchard. o_O
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