I have been reading some threads on here about eventing barefoot and note that a lot of people are concerned about traction.
This is a very real and valid issue but I have had great success using a traction trim which I have been using on a number of horses over the past 5 years.
Some people do not like the idea of adding tread to the hoof wall the way that I do, but it is effective and I prefer to keep my horse barefoot and I don't want to give up eventing.
here is a vid of the trim being done,
here are some pics of barefoot eventing,
Do you have any resources or studies you can share regarding your trimming method and the extra traction it provides?
I've been eventing for many years and have never seen anything like this. A healthy hoof properly maintained on with good barefoot trimming schedule will have plenty of natural grip, which is perfectly appropriate for lower level eventing on good footing. I'm very skeptical that what appears to be some chunks sloppily carved out of the hoof wall would really make that big of a difference in the big scheme of things, except to maybe upset the hoof balance and cause uneven wear. I can't see this being something that knowledgeable trimmers and farriers would encourage or endorse.
That's just my opinion though. I would love to see more information on it though if I am wrong in my assumptions!
You are right - this is not a method promoted by anyone other than myself but I would like to show that there are options for eventers that need improved traction. And if they don't - great! I know many horses that don't need anything, but my horse, and some clydie cross types, benefit from some tread during the XC or when sj on grass. I have experimented over the past 5 years, and where I was initially taught to do heel notches (imitating the action of studs) I have found the toe tread more useful in the slick clay conditions we often encounter.
The example you see here is very extreme, for a 3DE in wet conditions on clay (mid winter 2009). However technically it is just outer wall allowed to grow to ground level and then notched, so not as dramatic as it looks.
Just putting my one rat study out there to see if there are any others.
A pic from last weekend -
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