I would like to know how many of y'all ride your horses barefoot and why.
As many of you know I have been a farrier for 28 years and chose to let my anvil start rusting back in 1994, and since then have devoted my professional life to educating horse owners about the myths and truths of barefoot.
I would also like to invite EVERYONE to attend my annual spring trail ride on March 21st. at Percy Warner Park. (I will post more info on the events page soon.) The last ride we had 32 barefoot horses, lets make it more this year!
I just joined this site and so far I love it. I too have gone barefooted with my horses. I was told my app mare would need shoes for the rest of her life. But when she stepped on her foal and bruised him, I pulled her shoes
off. I still had issues with sore feet and absesses, but found a natural farrier and my horse has been sound for
over 6 months. I haven't ridden her much, but hope to do so this spring. Where is this Percy Warner Park?
My other two horses are doing great barefooted.
I have a hunter that my daughters showed quite extensively in Fl. He came up lame after every reset. I tried different farriers, feeds, supplament.... after to much watching this lovely horse suffer, I told the farrier to take off the shoes..Let's try it... He never took another lame step. He has little to no heel and apparently the shoes put pressure on the ligaments going into the knee. Bottom line we showed him barefoot and did very well... granted you have some who will look at you like an oddity ....but that is what was best for him. I do strongly believe that every horse is an individual and must be looked at in this way... once you say this works for every horse.. they will prove you wrong.
Are you saying its bad for my barefoot horses to live on pasture, 24/7?
So far they are OK they have been barefoot for just about 1 yr, and turnout on pasture 24/7. They also get hay, grain, biotin and garlic as supplements.... might I be about to experience some trouble?