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  1. Equine related Surveys & Questionnaires
    Also, if anyone has any suggestions for ways to improve the survey after you've taken it, such as questions you wish we had asked, or additional options for some questions, feel free to message in here. Thanks everyone!
  2. Hoof health and Care
    Hello! I have noticed that my new horse, who has been shod for about a year, has been landing toe-first ever so slightly. Being the nervous nelly I am, I ended up going down the rabbit hole of having your horse go barefoot and all of the benefits it brings, and I have done as much research as I...
  3. Grooming, clipping, bathing & equipment used
    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...
  4. Hoof health and 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...
  5. Hoof health and 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...
  6. Hoof health and 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...
  7. Hoof health and 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. Hoof health and 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...
  11. Endurance Riding, le Trec & Competitive Trail
    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...
  12. Hoof health and 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...
  13. 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...
  14. Hoof health and 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...
  15. Hoof health and 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!!
  16. Hoof health and 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...
  17. Hoof health and 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...
  18. Hoof health and 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...
  19. Hoof health and 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...
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