What is your opinion on Natural Balance Barefoot Trimming? - The Horse Forum

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 38 Old 12-21-2010, 04:38 AM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Duncan, AZ
Posts: 126
• Horses: 2
What is your opinion on Natural Balance Barefoot Trimming?

So someone just recomended a new farrier to me. She is a Certified Natural Balance Barefoot Trimmer, Holistic Lameness Specialist. That was coppied and pasted from her website. Anyone know anything about this? Have you tried it? If you have what do you think? I have my first appointment tomorrow. Just wanted everyon's opinion. Thank you!
BTW here is a link to her site. Big Island Farrier Godmother
cloudkisser is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 38 Old 12-21-2010, 07:31 AM
Foal
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 160
• Horses: 0
My dad is a barefoot trimmer, all of our horses are barerfoot and they do very well, even through rocks and streams. There are some books with a lot of information, look for books by Pete Ramey or Jaimie Jackson. Both are very knowledgeable about the benefits of natural trimming. It is very easy to upkeep, and I personally reccomend it, however unlike the two authors above I do not believe it is for all horses. It is definitely worth checking out.
BFFofHorses is offline  
post #3 of 38 Old 12-21-2010, 07:35 AM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Sunny Coast QLD
Posts: 347
• Horses: 2
I have my horses bare foot Natural trim and they are much happier ... Playing more , more balanced & heaps healthier hooves. It was a great move .

May we all see horses through the eyes of children
Shalani is offline  
post #4 of 38 Old 12-21-2010, 09:09 AM
dee
Started
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Seminole, OK
Posts: 1,854
• Horses: 3
My farrier has been doing my horses' feet since we got them. I have noticed a marked improvement in their hoof shape and condition since he's been working on them. Dancer's feet looked like bells - it's a good thing I didn't know what was wrong with them for a long time, or I'd have panicked!

I found out just this last time out that my farrier is also a certified "natural balance" farrier. I had asked him about his opinion on "barefoot trimming," and he looked at me and cracked up - he said "What do you think you've been paying for?" We all laughed at my ignorance. (ignorance is not to be confused with stupidity)

The farrier isn't as extreme in his opinions about shoeing as some barefoot trimmers are. 90% of horses can go without shoes just fine, but there are some horses that need shoes for one reason or another. Either because of their job, or for some sort of corrective purpose.

He made me feel good that we have been able to improve our horses overall health (Dancer's skinnyness aside - she's still better than she was) over the last year and a half. Their nutrition has improved so that their hoof health is great - no more cracks, no more bells, no more whatever it was that had Dancer's feet so misshapen. (Something about separation from something made them look like bells.) Totally abnormal, but with the great care he gave her and the change in her diet, she now has his favorite kind of foot - huge, hard as a rock, but not so dry it cracks.

Plain Old Dee, horses Dancer and Rain

I believe in dragons, unicorns, good men and other mythical creatures!
dee is offline  
post #5 of 38 Old 12-21-2010, 09:41 AM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 4,138
• Horses: 3
I use a Ramey style trim and have had great luck with it on all of our horses. I do modify my technique a bit based on each horse's conformation, movement, and "preference," but they all seem to do better in a "barefoot trim" than a traditional trim IME.
luvs2ride1979 is offline  
post #6 of 38 Old 12-21-2010, 10:20 AM
Started
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Sevierville, TN
Posts: 1,663
• Horses: 3
A good trim is a good trim no matter who is applying it.

Good farriers trim almost like a natural bare trimmer will. Sadly, there are a real lack of educated farriers in alot of areas and the natural bare trimmers are picking up the slack.

Just beware..there are also terrible "natural bare trimmers" out there practicing just as there are terrible farriers. Do your homeworks and let their work speak for itself. Don't stay with a farrier or trimmer because of loyalty if your horse is not progressing or staying healthy after you have used them awhile!

The bevel is important and balance is huge. Leaving healthy frog and live sole alone is the biggest! Educating the owner about things like diet problems and thrush is also big. Overall, I want a healthy sound foot with no major problems.

If they do all that and can produce a healthy foot...they can call themselves anything they want to :)

I also follow Ramey generally. I think he is straightforward and on the right track.

Last edited by Trinity3205; 12-21-2010 at 10:25 AM.
Trinity3205 is offline  
post #7 of 38 Old 12-21-2010, 03:16 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Middle Tennessee
Posts: 4,748
• Horses: 0
<sigh> I don't know how old everyone is that is posting but let me just say that "natural balance trimming" has been around for a few hundred years.

It's how my grandpap taught me waaaaaaay back in 1959 when I was 12.

What HAS happened is that people evolved away from proper trimming and started to wear shoes on their horses whether the horse needed shoes or not. The fast way to "pasture trim" a horse for the winter evolved and the proper way to balance his hoof got completely forgotten about.

I learned to balance the hoof one section at a time --- sections being four of them ----- back in 1959 from a man that was in his late 60's and was "born on a horse".

I am amazed at the things Pete Ramey teaches that I already learned back when I was a kid. The only thing markedly different and new to me is the agressive toe roll some horses benefit from.

One of my four needs that agressive roll, so my Trimmer does it and I maintenance it, if needed, in between visits. 98% of the time I don't need to do anything, I just think I do because I can't keep my nose out of their hooves

Anyway, there's nothing new about natural barefoot trimming, but if I were going to avoid any methods at all it would be those who practice Strasser or Equiextion<or however they spell it.

And, as another poster stated, like anything else in this life, not all "barefoot trimmers" are created equal. They are just as capable of soring up a horse as the farrier that can't drive nails straight and quiks the horse up
walkinthewalk is offline  
post #8 of 38 Old 12-21-2010, 05:31 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 803
• Horses: 2
Quote:
Originally Posted by walkinthewalk View Post
And, as another poster stated, like anything else in this life, not all "barefoot trimmers" are created equal. They are just as capable of soring up a horse as the farrier that can't drive nails straight and quiks the horse up
This x 50,000



Deerly is offline  
post #9 of 38 Old 12-24-2010, 10:40 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 8
• Horses: 0
All our horses that come home from the track are barefoot. For many years we only would go barefoot in the winter. Now we are competing barefoot. With the different ground conditions the horse can get a better feel for the ground barefoot.
StoneWall is offline  
post #10 of 38 Old 12-25-2010, 03:06 AM
Banned
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southeastern PA
Posts: 9,420
• Horses: 1
I tried it with my horse and while I loved the idea of it and totally bought into the idea, my horse was not happy. He was never sound unshoed, and the day we put shoes back on he was sound.
So I like the idea behind it and if it works for some horses, then go ahead, but there are some horses that need the support of shoes.
AlexS is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Barefoot/Natural Horse Trimming Vs. Shoeing JekkaLynn Horse Health 13 09-25-2010 10:00 AM
Barefoot trimming for already barefoot horses? Crimsonhorse01 Horse Health 6 12-07-2009 06:09 PM
Barefoot trimming, which method is best? Wallaby Horse Health 18 08-30-2009 06:57 AM
Barefoot Trimming-what it's all about barefoothooves Horse Health 32 06-24-2008 08:39 AM
Barefoot Trimming vs. Shoes Taylor99 Horse Training 33 10-28-2007 10:10 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome