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Natural hooves and barefoot trim

Posted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 8:27 pm
by Irishcobfan
Hello, I'm new to the forum and I wanted to know if anyone has any advice on barefoot trimming. Ive had my cob barefoot for 5 years and this year I'm experiencing a few problems which I'm guessing is partly down to the very dry weather. Firstly I am finding that the grow of my horse's feet have slowed right down and have been prone to quarter cracks and coupled with the toes always growing very thick I'm quite concerned about causing mechanical stress on his feet leading to unsoundness. My farrier is fantastic but I have heard about the barefoot trim and I am really keen to know if anyone has had a specialist out to do this or has asked their farrier to do things differently after researching this. Obviously I do not want to pretend I know more than my farrier but I also feel that there is more to keeping a horse happy barefoot than just a trim without the shoe being put on! An advice would be much appreciated! x

Re: Natural hooves and barefoot trim

Posted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 9:40 pm
by Irishcobfan
I just realised, I put quarter cracks in my above post. I actually meant breakage (chipping) at the quarters of the hoof. Sorry for any confusion..x

Re: Natural hooves and barefoot trim

Posted: Mon Jun 28, 2010 4:30 pm
by hessy
I am not sure how to answer this question but will share what i have heard about this.

Apparently some barefoot trimmers have only had a weekend course as such and so some people are sticking with their farrier to trim their horses feet as they have had the proper training.

but i wonder are equine podiatrists different from so called barefoot trimmers?

i would read up on it if i were you but i know of a lady who is an equine podiatrist over here who may be able to answer any questions you have http://barefootandbitless.webs.com/ - this is another fella who does it and may also be able to answer any questions http://www.hoofsculpture.com/index.html

I am not recommending these people (individually or EPs in general) as i have no knowledge of barefoot and have never used an EP or trimmer. But just simply passing on links.

Re: Natural hooves and barefoot trim

Posted: Mon Jun 28, 2010 9:46 pm
by Irishcobfan
Thank you Hessy. It really helps to talk it through a bit and get opinions. I will take a look at the links you mentioned x

Re: Natural hooves and barefoot trim

Posted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 9:21 pm
by kinkeadly
Hi,
I have had my horses barefoot trimmed for a few years now, the "farrier" I get uses the La Pierre method and dare I say it but they are better qualified than many ordinary farriers. Anatomy ,physiology and nutrition are included in their courses. They also have a continuing education programme and have to have yearly updates etc to remain a registered La Pierre equine podiatrist, so they are aware of new research etc. Wouldn;t change the girl who comes to me for all the tea in China, unfortunately I have a loan pony from World Horse Welfare and they only allow registered Farriers to trim their horses feet. I get very lottle expletive from the farrier but loads of good and usedul expletive from my equine podiatrist. If you checkout their website you can find out if there is an equine podiatrist near you.

Re: Natural hooves and barefoot trim

Posted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 9:25 pm
by kinkeadly
Hi
Sorry all - typing seems to have gone wonky (thats without some wine) . Should have read expletive not expletive !!!!!!!!

Re: Natural hooves and barefoot trim

Posted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 9:26 pm
by kinkeadly
expletive not expletive

Re: Natural hooves and barefoot trim

Posted: Wed Aug 11, 2010 3:30 pm
by Snipper
I'd definitely look into it carefully before choosing to change from your farrier. I think there are some good qualifications for barefoot trimming, but by the same token, I have also heard that almost anyone can pick up tools and start doing it, qualified or not! So choose carefully!

Re: Natural hooves and barefoot trim

Posted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 2:04 pm
by Kaliska
I researched a lot to find a new barefoot trimmer, and now have a fab lady called Helen Thompson. She spends well over an hour with me on each trim (not two minutes like the farriers before her) and I can happily say my horses feet have never been better. Cracking on the edges is often due to white line disease and long toes, leading to unbalanced feet.

Definitely research it carefully, but I 120% reccomend getting a barefoot specialist, rather than a regular farrier.

Re: Natural hooves and barefoot trim

Posted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 8:56 am
by Soraya_H&R_AssistEd
In the October issue of Horse&Rider we have an article on 'going barefoot' with your horse and it discusses the barefoot trimmer vs farrier question. It's on sale on 9 September!