12-08-2009, 02:35 PM
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You are referring to Venice Turpentine. It's a resin, not a solvent like the turpentine most people think of. It is used to provide a thin protective layer on the sole. It's a very short term fix, and it does help hold exfoliating sole (and whatever dirt, shavings or leaves find themselves attatched) to the hoof to add extra protection. (TO THE OP). It doesn't last long, and generally doesn't make much of a difference to the horse. Though, some horses need every bit of help they can get coming out of shoes, if boots aren't provided...
I'm not sure if I understand the point of the post in the first place. Are you just looking for affirmation that you did the right thing? I'm all for going barefoot, but there wasn't a good clear question about it. As far as "doing the right thing" that's very subjective. If your horses are thriving under your care, and you don't cause them any misery, it's going to be hard to find anyone to say you are doing wrong.