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  1. Horse Grooming
    I have been paying my farrier $30 per horse to trim their hooves. They are barefoot horses so they only require a trim--no shoeing or any other special needs for their hooves besides a trim. Is $30 a normal price for a farrier for a barefoot trim or is it expensive? Should I find a new farrier...
  2. Hoof Care
    My 12yr old TB threw her left shoe and seemed fine so I decided to remove the other one to see how she did. She was off work for a few weeks due to unrelated issues so this seemed like a good time to try her barefoot. She's only had shoes on for about 8 months. Even though she never had shoes...
  3. Hoof Care
    Hi all. Thanks in advance for reading. I've recently moved to France with my PRE (andalusian) gelding and he's currently staying a local livery yard. He's 9 yrs now and until 2 weeks ago he's had shoes on all 4 feet. The livery yard has 39 horses, none of which have shoes, and they were keen...
  4. Hoof Care
    My horse is barefoot (because I want him to be), but he gets bruised and his feet are pretty weak overall. I need him to wear hoof boots during turn out, I have tried the Cavallo Trek Boots, the were really awesome, but their sizes didn't fit my gelding. Now I am in search of a replacement, a...
  5. Hoof Care
    I have a large paddock with grass for my horse and he loves it. There are some patches of dirt for him to roll in, there is shade and sun. I have a lot of wood chips (pine) in the paddock too, maybe want to put some more. I have a very big question that really bothers me- can he safely...
  6. Horse Health
    Hi, I just agreed to have PJ, my four year old paint, shoed for the first time. The trainer, who I trust, had been mentioning it last week. My helper had been saying he needed shoes or boots for trail - that the rocks were troubling his feet. I just wanted to keep him natural. My 20 year old...
  7. Horse Articles
    To Be or Not To Be Barefoot I must be bored and looking for a fight because this article is one of those that will ruffle some feathers and possibly garner a death threat or two. Be advised that the advice and tips to follow are marginal as I have no formal training in the world of the Hoof...
  8. Hoof Care
    Hey everyone, looking for some opinions :) Warning - LONG story! I just switched farriers. Old farrier, DENNIS, lived over an hour away and I was actually outside his usual zone, but I managed to convince him to come out this way. He was a certified 'barefoot trimmer'. I think he did a...
  9. Endurance Riding
    Hello, my name is Marta. I´m studying Veterinary at the University of Córdoba in Spain. I would like to know if you recommend me the Barefoot in Endurance Riding and the use of boots for horses. Are boots a system of hoof protection? Does this system respect the natural biomechanics of...
  10. New to Horses
    I just bought my first horse 2 days ago. He is a 12 yo OTTB. PPE was great; he's a good horse. He was taken from auction about 2 months ago to the barn where I ride. He is underweight, needs muscle, and somewhat green. I plan to jump and low eventing. Vet said he was good for this use --...
  11. Hoof Care
    I'm looking into taking courses at LaPierre's Institute of Applied Equine podiatry, but I want to hear from people who have either taken his courses before or have worked with his graduates. I like his scientific approach and how he teach body mechanics and whole horse health instead of just...
  12. Equine Careers and Education
    I've been looking around for quite a while now trying to find the best option for pursuing an education in hoof care, but I'm having trouble deciding. I am not interested in becoming a farrier, as I do not believe in the use of shoes for most circumstances. There seem to be a lot of options out...
  13. Hoof Care
    Hi, I have a TB. He's had front shoes for a year. I had them pulled about a week ago because of the ice and snow during Winter. He is in a stall at night, in a sand or grass turnout with other horses during day and any riding will be done on soft surface of an indoor ring. There is gravel to...
  14. Hoof Care
    I've been helping my sister do simple trimming on our horses for about two years, but I want to go deeper into it, I do natural barefoot hoofcare, no shoes, anyone have any books they want to recommend to me? I'd appreciate it!!
  15. Hoof Care
    Hello! I currently have 10 month old who since November/December has been seen by our current barefoot farrier. Another farrier who I use to shoe my current horse mentioned how short she is and that right now no damage is done because she is light, but she can go lame since she is being cut too...
  16. Hoof Care
    I have a QH that is 5y/o and he's probably one of the best horses I've ever worked with.. except he has *very* tender feet. He has a very mild case of club foot (it's so mild that until you look very closely at his feet, they look normal) and overall, his feet suck. The hoof walls have irregular...
  17. Hoof Care
    Hi there!! I was just wondering if I could get some advice on hoof health advice from some awesome people! I have a 6 year old mare who has bumps on her hoof walls. I know a healthy hoof should be smooth on the hoof wall and these bumps cause me to worry of course!! They aren't super...
  18. Hoof Care
    Hi everyone! I posted yesterday and got a ton of great responses so I thought I'd give an update with some better photos. 1) We have a new farrier coming to see my horse on Wednesday - could you guys tell me what I should look for in a proper barefoot cut? How will I know if this new guy is any...
  19. Hoof Care
    Hi Everyone! I have a 17 year old appendix quarter horse that we took barefoot in December with absolutely no preparation (the vet pulled his shoes because he was lame and we just left them off) but have been having some problems in the meantime. He has done hunters and jumpers his whole life...
  20. Hoof Care
    Hello everyone! So my horse in the last month and a half has had this strange, horn like... I don't know. circle. On his front right hoof (see pictures). Last time my trimmer was out, she said she was going to leave it, and let it "protect whatever it is it's protecting". But it's been a month...
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