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post #1 of 17 Old 09-05-2008, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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what is barefoot trim?

when i heard the term i thought it meant trimming hooves and not putting on shoes. But from the way everyone talks..its more than that. Can someone give me the dl?
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post #2 of 17 Old 09-06-2008, 04:05 AM
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This site can explain better than i can

Barefoot trimming... you are basicly taking off a bit more hoof, and the horse is actually walking more on the bottom of the foot, the frog is of course kept off the ground. But its a trim designed to bare weight more evenly over the horses whole hoof instead of the just the edge.....basicly we dont walk on our tip toes so horses shouldnt either kinda way of thinking, its based off studies of the natural hoof structure/ condition in wild horses and zebras.

When a farrier trims he leaves more hoof on as he needs it to nail the shoes onto, this extra hoof is taken off for the most part in a barfoot trim.

hmm hope i eplained that right, :P

I switched both my horses to this barefoot trim , i do it myself, and boy there hooves , epecially Banjos , keep in better condition now than they ever did with shoes...and Banjo has had shoes his whole life prior to me taking them off love the method.
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There are several different methods of "barefoot trimming" out there, but most of them are based off of the studies of the mustang hooves. Its not just the hoof, but the whole horse that should be taken into consideration with this trim. You can't trim them up using one of the barefoot methods and then toss them in a stall. They need movement and as close to a natural life style as we can provide.

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sounds interesting. i have a friend that has one of those wild mustangs and i notice her hooves look different than my horses, but i didnt know why. Can you still ride them on rougher turrain with the natural trim?
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It can take some time for them to adjust to the new trim, but once they are fully adjusted, yes you can. They can ride tougher terrain with the best of them, and usually are more sure-footed because they know their foot placement better than those in shoes. The other thing is that during the transition period you can use boots as well. It protects the feet like tennis shoes protect our own feet, but yet lets the foot flex and adjust like it should instead of being held immobile with a metal shoe.

Some people put the boots on their adjusted horses as well if they are riding really rough terrain as a "just in case" to prevent too much wear.

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My answer was going to be similiar to Cats & the website that bitless provide is a good site.

I use to think the same way you did as far as the barefoot "trims" went but after some investigating & help from others on this forum & other friends I found it was WAY more then that! It is very interesting & I have been "trying" this method on my TB who had "terrible feet" in my opinion, and we have made some decent progress in just a little under 2 months. I ride her more or lunge her to get the "movement" going & have moved to the natural side of "feeding & nutrition".

Best of luck. Obviously everyone has a different standpoint on natural trimming vs shoeing.

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post #7 of 17 Old 09-07-2008, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
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thanks everyone! sounds really cool to me! I am always looking to educate myself on horses and make things better for my sweetie pie Major. Sounds like something i may wanna try with him if i can find someone in my area who does it
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I'd add couple more I found most useful for me:

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I kind of stumbled upon the barefoot trim. When we got our horses they had not had their feet trimmed or shod for almost a full year. They had the shoes pulled when they outgrew them and were put out to pasture. When we got the horses their feet were long but not overly grotesque. I have a rocky soiled corral that we kept them in for the first month they were here and they never came up lame or sore. Before we wanted to go through the expense of shoes...(we weren't riding right away it was winter) We just wanted to trim the excess length. Our farrier is a lazy family friend whom we adore but couldn't get his butt here. We ended up calling a natural trimmer to just "check it out". She was cheaper and after all I just wanted a trim. As a surprize to us our horses had GREAT feet! :o They didn't have any weakness from nail holes and their hooves had been wearing naturally. My horses have thick hoof walls and great conditioned soles. It took VERY little time for the horses to adapt to the new barefoot trim because they had been shoeless for so long. I can't see a reason to put shoes on my guys. They are health and happy. Not to mention that we have good farrier visits because no one is bang, bang banging on thier feet.

It just made sence to us. Read as much as you can and talk to a couple different "barefoot trimmers" in your area. I suggest you do enough research to ensure that you are not getting someone that is just following a fad. Certification is always a good thing to check for. Not all trimmers are created equal.

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Here is our own barefoothooves (a member here) web page.
She just had a baby so can only pop on once in awhile. If you send her photos she can advise you on what needs to be done.

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