If your horse has bad hooves like Lasair did, then they will go through a HUGE barefoot transition phase, where the hoof has to recover, remodel, and then strengthen. If you are interested in seeing what happens and if her problem with underrun heels is fixed through barefoot trimming, come ride along! Going barefoot provides the horse with better use of his or her entire foot, as nature intended. The average horse spends his time standing in a stable or wandering round an acre of … Filling in the legs is usually lymphatic fluid rather than blood (assuming it’s not a pulled tendon or something like that). After years of frustration with hoof problems that farriers haven’t been able to fix. If I didn’t notice the right kind of change after 3-4 shoeings then it was time to try someone else. You don’t want to take shoes off a week or 2 after they were put on. Certain horses are better suited to being barefoot than others. It makes sense to look at diet to make sure the horse is getting the right ratio of minerals. If you've already transitioned your horse, I'd love to hear what your plan, challenges and solutions were in the comments below... Sign up for FREE resources with the Hoof Geek Academy. Not every plus or minus will carry the same weight, and how much each point matters will differ with each situation, but you can see it's fairly even stevens. If their plan is ‘lets take the shoes off and give it some time’ then that’s no plan at all. The login page will open in a new tab. Really, it’s not the ground, or the time of year that matters. In Part 3 We Talked About Using Rest And Exercise To Heal And Strengthen The Hooves. … Each horse is a unique individual, and you can’t always predict what will happen. Many factors can contribute to the soreness of a barefoot horse’s hooves after a visit with their farrier, the most common one being over-trimming. A good plan is more important. Search "" across the entire site Search "" in this forum Search "" in this discussion. So I’m not bashing anyone.) Even if you visit every day, many of us only ‘see’ our horses on the weekend! All Rights Reserved. Think carefully about removing his shoes if he… 1. struggles with serious foot-soreness 2. competes in a discipline in which he needs extra grip in the form of studs 3. relies on remedial or corrective shoeing to overcome the effects of a confor… It made sense to me to pay better attention to the inside of the hoof and not just the outside. When you are going barefoot with your previously shod horse, initially his feet will probably lack internal structural strength. I don’t see how I can ever go barefoot with my TB. This hoof belongs to a horse used for jumping and was put into high level competitions at just 5 years old. Horse Health. If he lives in a grass pasture with natural springs, or if the ground is generally soft or wet, his hooves won’t toughen up enough to handle the work on hard, rocky areas. That’s why I was paying them after all. This horrifies me to be honest, if my horse was hopping lame barefoot i want to find out why he is lame and fix it, i wouldn't be content with putting hoof boots on and then thinking "ah" problem solved. I try to … I just assumed they knew what they were doing and would get the job done. Please ask permission before using Photos or Content. Knowing what to expect can help a lot. It’s common knowledge that a horse usually wears shoes, but it’s not so common knowledge that any equine can go barefoot. No more feet problems caused by shoeing. Horses in the wild travel 15-25 miles a day. I’ve spent hours upon hours researching, reading and watching every piece of material I could get my hands on. I knew there was a problem and kept telling people there was a problem. I work with some barefoot trimmers and I have been so impressed with the changes they have made in some horses that had hoof issues. Visit The North Carolina Cowgirl's profile on Pinterest. Going barefoot and my horse is a hunter/jumper. Two and a half weeks ago I had my farrier pull shoes and I don’t plan to go back. My name is Ashley aka The North Carolina Cowgirl. 4. I know drafts that are barefoot too - many of the Disneyland Carriage horses are barefoot. When this topic is raised, it is always a hot and controversial one. On the other hand, if he is only … Why Barefoot could be beneficial for both horse and owner As a barefoot practitioner I specialize on recognizing and serving the individual needs of a horse. I’m hoping to see changes now though. The REASON for keeping a horse barefoot is: -- to allow the hooves to flex at every step, -- to get the most possible blood circulation inside the hoof; -- to have the most possible shock absorption for the leg joints. It's the time you want to be doing fun things, Copyright 2020 © Hoof Geek Ltd. All rights reserved. Iodine or other drying treatments do not speak to the actual problem. The downside is you won’t clearly see how your horse’s soundness improves as a result of the change in diet so it’s more difficult to understand just how significant it is. You need to set the environment up to promote healing and then give it time. My horses will now transition to being barefoot. Don't worry about the time of year too much. Jump to Latest Follow 1 - 13 of 13 Posts. Shod feet tend to be a little shorter than bare hooves. In that case I’d start by giving L94 from http://www.trinity-consultants.com. If anything it will be good. Going barefoot. I still think there is a reason for both but I’ve become more of a believer that if you’re going to have your horse shod then you need to have a competent farrier that has some barefoot knowledge so they can keep the foot balanced and be able to fix issues…even if fixing them means going barefoot and not shoeing. Read the terms here, Why 1st week transition period the horses fetlocks are swelling I understand more blood may come to the hooves since it’s not restricted with the shoes any more but the frog compansates by pumping back blood better than before. Rehabilitating your horse’s hooves and getting them sound barefoot, often requires a change in diet, and you may find other health/body issues become apparent, so some bodywork, or environment changes may be required. Personally, if I ever found a horse who could not be ridden barefoot in padded boots, I would recommend he be retired. I even bought nippers, a rasp, and a knife so I would have the right equipment to do it. It requires both an adjustment period and hoof protection in the form of hoof boots. How to Plan For Barefoot Success. Most horses will need some time off work when the shoes come off. Whether the owner can manage optimal management for each and every horse is the question. I know some of you are likely shaking your heads and thinking I’ve lost it; but let me say, I fully understand barefoot horses can have issues too. I’m often asked when the best time to transition a horse to barefoot is. It’s a question which is sometimes asking for advice, for help, for a solution for a problem they see as unfixable. Knowing what to expect can help a lot. . 2. I don’t care whether they’re a trimmer or a farrier. Part of it is the farriers I’ve used not knowing how to fix it (I do believe they tried their best though and did what they felt was right. We need to remember that horses come barefoot as standard. Chances are, if your horse is shod, you’re not as keenly aware how significant this is (yet). Copyright 2020 © Hoof Geek Ltd. All rights reserved. He's a good horse man, and would be well able to tell me what state their feet are in. They say the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, the second-best time is now. Stable-kept horses are not exposed to the same environment as wild horses, which can affect their hoof quality. I still have all the photos I took over the years, along with all the recent photos I’ve taken to document the start of barefoot trimming. I work with people who want wildly effective hoof care, without the usual stress and complication. While it’s still horrible when your horse is sore, it’s a lot less stressful if you expected it and already know ways you can help. […] it’s been 3 weeks since I first told you I was going barefoot with my horses. Especially if the person trimming doesn’t do a good job and isn’t keeping the foot balanced. It’s the same for making the changeover to barefoot riding. Click Here for Part 2 of Transitioning Your Horse: Taking The Shoes Off? Some of these changes can be made before the shoes come off. In a bare hoof, the hoof wall, sole, frog, and bars are all engaged and in use, serving their intended purpose. Hey Friends! Please log in again. Now with all that said, I plan to start documenting Gracie’s feet. Keeping and Caring for Horses. This is an important aspect of going barefoot. To use another well-known quote ‘if you fail to plan you are planning to fail’, There are advantages and disadvantages at any time of year when rehabilitating feet. It is not the solethat is sore, it's the corium -- a layer of living tissue on the bottom of the coffin bone that grows the sole. Luckily going barefoot is going to be bad for my horse. However, when a metal shoe is nailed to the perimeter of the hoof, the hoof wall bears nearly all of the horse's weight and impact when making contact with the ground. I know we’re divided in the horse world between the barefoot believers and the shoeing believers. That said, it’s worth making a plan first. Summer is more difficult as the grass has higher sugar levels. When you know what to expect. “There’s an entire package of changes needed to successfully go without metal shoes,” he says. Opponents of the barefoot movement argue that domesticated horses are routinely put through abnormal levels of activity, stress, and strain, and their hooves undergo excessive wear and shock. He will be able to tell me if they can go barefoot. You’re also likely to spend a lot more time looking at your horse’s hooves and wondering about every little thing you notice and what it might mean. It’s worth waiting 6 weeks or so, or however long your usual shoeing interval is. A: The importance of healthy hooves has been known for generations of horsemen with the saying “no hoof, no horse” often quoted. Often horses are given a period of rest in winter though, and that can be useful. Is the hard ground in Summer a challenge or is the mud in Winter more of a problem. By observing both, traditional and holistic principles of care and healing, I have succeeded plenty of times to get discarded horses rehabilitated in no time and to become full performing barefoot athletes. In all honesty, I always thought Te needed front shoes because he has thin soles and feet that crack. Trimming becomes a big factor for barefoot horses. After logging in you can close it and return to this page. How much will depend on how much healing is needed and what remedial changes have been made to the environment. If I don’t, then guess what, I’ll do more research and look for the next thing to try. Adjust the Diet + Nutrition Really, it’s not the ground, or the time of year that matters. There are many advantages to going barefoot. I was literally feeling insane. Metal shoes also put the horse at … A compromise between barefoot and shodfoot. About the Author: Stephanie Krahl is Co-Founder and CEO of Soulful Equine. It’s not fair to ride a horse with that much damage. This is why I feel like the ‘can all horses go barefoot?’ question is some sort of test. ... Why the Barefoot Horse Never Lies; Keep it soulful, Stephanie Krahl. Sometimes, however, it’s looking to start a fi… We hate spam and take your privacy seriously. This strength is necessary for soundness, good movement, and healthy hoof function. If they’re sore from the shoes coming off that could cause less movement. So no matter what, I do believe this is the right change. Going barefoot is all about allowing the horse to grow the feet that nature intended them to have. 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