The fact that shoes can sometimes cause horses problems is also a bit obvious, at least to anyone that has been around horses and paying attention for, oh, say, a couple of weeks. Also, in the recent snow and ice, I was able to hack out when all of the shod horses at nearby yards were confined to barracks. However, horses walking on hard surfaces may have tender hooves for a day or so due to a sole bruise. Improperly trimmed hooves can also cause your horse to experience hoof problems. Sole bruises rarely cause lameness unless they are severe. Allow me to introduce you to a different option for your horse: barefoot. When they are working at low levels of athletic effort, they seem to be able to get along okay and the symptoms remain humble. A mule in a manger Well-Known Member. Recent Posts. As such, they may then conclude that shoes are bad. 4. Equine biosecurity: how we can keep your horses safe. The answers to these questions will help you make an educated decision on which hoof care choice is best for your horse. Horses and ponies suffer from colic, lameness issues, hoof problems, sore backs, laminitis, founder, injuries etc. As some of you know, I spent 5 months trying barefoot with the beast last year. Hoof problems are a very common headache for horse owners and while good hoof trimming is essential, the importance of sound nutrition is often overlooked. However horse/pony owners can make a big difference for our equine friends. However, many other people aspire to making their horses barefoot because the hooves have visibly deteriorated after years of nailing. And what are their biggest health problems? While you mull that over, we talked to a slew of farriers who laid out the pros and cons of going barefoot or shod, and vice versa. One key piece of advice I like to give is, keep it simple. But what if I told you that your horse's shoes actually do more harm to your hoofed friend than good? No more feet problems caused by shoeing. However, when a horse starts competing at higher levels, the work becomes physically more demanding, so much greater is the impact of incorrect bio-mechanics and lameness is the inevitable outcome. Hoof problems in horses can occur for a number of different reasons. A barefoot horse with the correct environment, nutritional and exercise regimes will appear happier, healthier and more relaxed, and should enjoy a longer working life as there is far less strain and concussion on joints and have much better traction on most surfaces than with a shod horse. Horses’ feet are designed to absorb nearly all of the concussion from ground impact before it reaches the joints of the lower leg which are only able to accommodate a very small amount of concussion. :-) 104. No more shoeing. The most common cause of hoof problems is direct trauma to the coronary band. A horse raised barefoot is graceful. By maintaining my horses in this way, I find I have far fewer hoof problems and lameness issues than I see in comparable shod horses. What I’ve noticed over 10+ years of having barefoot horses is that the barefoot horse never lies. The main problem that I have observed is that we get instant feedback about how fit, well and sound our horses are. Barefoot enthusiasts point to shoeing as the cause of many problems, and, indeed, poor shoeing can do more harm than good. Every single one of the problems above ... Over our 27 issues so far, The Barefoot Horse Magazine has kept on facing these problems head on, in an attempt to bring them to the forefront and help educate and encourage horse owners with real life stories and facts. Many domestic horses, and especially ones who are shod, have a weak back-of-foot. Bowker says today that the difference between wearing shoes and going barefoot is like the difference between working in high heels and wearing sneakers. Follow Rajat Rehab on Social Media. Not all horses need horseshoes and not all horses can go barefoot. I’ve found this simple but powerful by-product of a barefoot horse to be a wonderful benefit.” Most think the opposite and believe that equine soundness issues happen overnight – but that’s not always the case. WHY am I going Barefoot with My Horses. River gets her feet trimmed every 4-6 weeks. Finally, all horses can slip on the roads, but I find it's extremely rare with a barefoot horse. The motto above may not be an easy motto to live by, but it is the truth. 50. Barefoot horses should be trimmed so they walk on the hoof wall. If your horse has good sound feet and soles, the chances are he could transition into a barefoot horse very easily and with little problem, given an appropriate amount of time. It's not asking about a specific horse, but more generally about all horses. Our horses would hear the car drive in and come down for a visit! Regularly. Can All Horses Go Barefoot?The question as to whether a horse can go barefoot is a common one. The actual cyst is probably NOT going to be the horse's biggest problem in the long run. I'm very proud of how far he's come with my help. she has dry flaky feet, almost like scales on the outside, and cracking off on the sole. Where do these diseases come from? Barefoot Horse Disadvantages. “Barefoot trimming” advocates may also say – quite correctly – that, in some horses, shoes can cause horses pain and/or lameness. What are the disadvantages of keeping ridden horses barefoot? What are you committing to when you switch to barefoot? 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