Transitioning to Barefoot

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  • Savanna Shelnutt
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    Pretty horse! I’m 14 so anything I say you don’t have to listen to, but since your horse is an off track and you want to continue eventing, I don’t think it’s safe to take the shoes off. You said she had brittle hooves, which could be from shoes, but a lot of tb’s have brittle hooves, or at least the ones I’ve seen. If you event without shoes on, it could be dangerous. If you don’t have studs in the shoes and it’s a bad track you’re doing cross country on or if you’re show jumping on grass, you could potentially slip. I think it’s great though that you want to save her feet, but is it worth the risk?

    Claudia
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    The supplement you need the most of is Biotin which smartpak will sale you you don’t need much but it takes 6 months to grow a hoof. A teaspoon of it will do you. It can be bought at feed stores in 50 pound bags which would last you for the rest of you horses life. We feed it straight as we buy it for our chickens.
    I jumped my horse barefoot with no problems I started out first with the old style e-z boot they are hard to put on and take off. I jumped in them. The problem with them on an eventing field is you don’t what to strap them on and they cost to much to lose one Most Race horses have had there heels cut off They think it makes them faster I don’t It is hard to regrow a heel. I would trail ride and ring ride without shoes But I would not compete in a event with out shoes.

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    Mapale Mapale
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    Savannah – at 14 you sound pretty smart to me. OP would be wise to listen to you.

    Alois Podhajsky: “When I hear somebody talk about a horse being stupid, I figure it’s a sure sign that animal has outfoxed them. ...

    Claudia
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    Buck is a great man both with kids and horses

    pheets pheets
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    Feeling the need to clarify the state of TB feet, evidently a low point/small detail in the breeding selection process.

    Yes, they are trimmed/shod for perceived speed,: long toe, low/no heel and for exclusively racing use. Apparently, this is an age-old and customary formula for racing/speed. So are straight, POST straight hocks but I don’t really get THAT, either.

    Genetically, they might throw a bad hoof, any breed can, but more often it is because the race-bred TBs are fed performance diets and not developmental diets. Remember these are growing and developing BABIES. The predictable result is shelly, weak walls and shallow soles. Constant farrier changes and new shoes every race (some do, some don’t) don’t help, either. Proper diet, SKILLED trimming with correct shoes (fit and balance, the shoe itself can even be temporary for some), suitable exercise and TIME can bring a bad hoof around most if not all of the way.

    Barefoot is good, even preferred, just not practical for every horse, every career. Might take a bit to get a horse comfy barefoot and if the horse, within his career/purpose, can sustain a solid hoof with no shoe, this is an asset. Some can, some can’t.

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

    ottbrider Original Poster ottbrider
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    Thank you everyone for all the input- I thought I’d take this chance to update everyone on her. She is perfect and is loving barefoot! Haven’t had a single injury, she no longer trips, and no soreness! We do not jump anymore (I have my reasons) she is just a pleasure horse. We’ve completely dropped bits and she lives out in pasture with a buddy! She’s loving life and she’s better than she has ever been! Thank you!

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    No horse is incapable of learning- riders are just incapable of teaching

    SecondStorm
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    That is awesome news! I knew you guys would do great and sounds like a pretty smooth transition. Welcome to the world of metal-free horses!

    naturalpasture
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    So glad to hear things are going well for you! 🙂 I just thought this story might be an encouragement to you. It is of another TB that came off the race track and then went barefoot.

    http://www.thenaturalhoof.co.uk/index.html#!off-the-track-tb/c1rd5

    ottbrider Original Poster ottbrider
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    Thank you!

    No horse is incapable of learning- riders are just incapable of teaching

    naturalpasture
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    Is that your horse, in your profile pic, showing off her new feet?!!! 🙂

    ottbrider Original Poster ottbrider
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    Haha that’s actually my Arabian stallion, he likes to show off his tiny adorable bare feet though lol

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    No horse is incapable of learning- riders are just incapable of teaching

    SecondStorm
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    Love it!

    ddfer
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    Thank you for your incredibly intelligent decision to let your horse go barefoot!!! Farriers tell people their horses need shoes because that’s what they do for a living – they put shoes on horses and will do everything they can to keep you a slave to that barbaric practice of shoeing your horse. Your horse will most likely require boots until her feet get used to the idea of being barefoot. Be patient if she seems sore a first, it takes a full year to grow a new hoof and boots protect her feet and let the hoof flex and allow the frog to do its job which is act as a shock absorber for the hoof and leg. There are many different brands of boots out there, look around, ask questions so you can make the best decision for your horse. There are plenty of natural hoof trimmers out there who can help guide you to the best boot for your horse’s needs. Many breeds of horses can and should go barefoot: Thorobreds, Morgans, Arabs, Quarterhorses, Heinz 57’s.

    ddfer
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    I know TONS of TB’s how are happy and barefoot. Don’t fall into the mindset that certain breeds of horses “need” shoes. ALL horses can and should go barefoot. It takes time until their feet get used to the idea and some horses will adapt to it faster than others, but it just takes time and patience on the part of their owner to allow them the time. I’m a big believer in hoof boots and they really help the horse transition from shoes to barefoot.

    ddfer
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    YAY YOU!!! Enjoy your barefoot horse and PLEASE, PLEASE spread the word about barefoot being better for horses!!! After all, a lot of people used to believe that you had to “buck a horse out” as part of the training (breaking) process but thanks to men like Tom & Bill Dorrance, Buck Brannamon and others, we now know differently.

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