She tried to convince me that he MUST go barefoot or he could go lame or will wreck jumping.
Well.... especially considering the job & standard shoes you get out of most farriers, I think she's got a real point.
That's not to say I believe horses can't
be shod in such a way as to provide necessary support, protection, and little inhibit hoof function & health in the process. I wouldn't be doing standard rims though, and I'd be VERY choosy about who I'd get to do the job(assuming I didn't do it myself). I wouldn't have shoes on unless I was sure the farrier would do a very
But I get the idea this girl just thinks any shoe whatsoever is bad news. I think there's no good shortcut to doing your own homework, to come to an objective opinion on that one. The thread link in my signature will get you started on that.
In an ideal world, perhaps all horses could/should go barefoot. But reality is, the way we manage & feed horses & the things we ask of them mean that their feet commonly don't stand up to the task without protection/support. I do think that hoof boots for work are generally far better alternative for a horse than fixed shoes in most cases though.
I'm not sure what I think of the farriers; two seem to be good but one is rough and I do not intend to let him touch my horse. I think they all three may trim heels too low.
Again, no shortcut to that than doing your homework & learning about hoof health & function & what's needed of trimming. Eg. farriers often come highly recommended & do a terrible job, so relying on recommendations of others who don't know what they're looking at isn't helpful. Heels for eg. should be very low, compared to what's commonly accepted/done. What makes you think they trim *too* low?
but had to wear the booties for about 6-8 months. So, she can get horses out of shoes -- it takes a while.
It's not just her. Farriery is but one factor. Depends on the horse's health, environment, management, diet, as to whether they CAN cope with everything bare.
She was trying to convince me that my horse's heels are trimmed too low, that his hooves are not concave enough because of the shoes, and that the shoes are pitching him onto his forehand. I do know the signs of a fanatic when I see one, so I am taking what she said with a large salt block.
Hehe! Absolutely! But whether fanatic or not, you'll get all sorts of different opinions, so take whatever you get from anyone with a big rock of salt! What reasons was she giving for the horse's heels being 'too low'? Yes, conventional shoes can contribute to a horse becoming thin/flat soled, but it's not the only cause, or necessarily due to shoes(tho an OTTB, shod from way before maturity...). As for shoes 'pitching him onto his forehand', I kind of don't get that, especially given her talk about too low heels. Presuming the shoes aren't wedged. I suppose though, she could mean that low heels have forced too weak heels into a sensitive position which makes him want to 'tippy toe'.
So has anyone taken their TB from shoes to barefoot? What are your thoughts about barefoot TBs? They do tend to have thinner walled hooves.
Yes, I have personally, along with a few of my client's horses. But esp in my (damp, lush, cushy...) environment, most horses need hoof boots for some of what they're asked to do/some surfaces at least, regardless of breed. Yes, TBs can sometimes be 'thin skinned'(& hoof horn is essentially skin) compared to other breeds, genetics can play a part. But generally a horse is a horse is a horse, and whether genetically thin skinned or not, hoof function & health is vastly more about 'deed than breed' - that is, environmental/management factors, and can be improved with good management.