Why would you want your horse to go barefoot? Well for one reason it will greatly improve your horses health. Shock absorption will
increase in his hooves where it belongs. Shock was meant to dissipate in the hooves not other joints in his body. A healthier hoof
means a healthier horse. There are many benefits with barefoot but it comes with a bit of sacrifice for the horse owner. All horses
can go barefoot but not all horse owners are able to deal with it. You actually have to be a better horse owner. When you decide to
"go barefoot". You have to take the whole horse in to consideration. Diet, exercise , living arrangements etc are vital for most horses
to obtain strong feet. A diet low in sugar, and hopefully a lot of exercise is very important for all horses but even more so if you
want your horse to go barefoot, as you can't have healthy hooves on an unhealthy horse and the other way around, without noticing
it. You can successfully hide problems with steel shoes for some time but not forever. On a barefooted horse it will show up right
away. Which is a good thing as you can deal with the problem before it becomes something serious. To transition your horse over to
barefoot you will need a pair of boots. Easycare and Renegades make great boots for every style of riding.
The boots is not an admittance of failure. It is a tool to be used so you can keep exercising your horse the very same day you pull
his shoes off. Not only do they protect but with a pad in them they actually also help to condition the lateral cartilages and digital
cushion which are very important and often forgotten structures of the hind part of the hoof. They are the very thing we are trying
to strengthen and in the boots they will. If you try to ride your horse barefoot without boots (In harsh terrain) you will find that
the horse shortens its stride a bit and you are back to square one. Toe landing first is not how we condition the hooves. It is pathology
and we have to avoid it at all cost. In the beginning you will be cursing up a storm when you try to put boots on your horse but they
are no different then any boots you own for yourself. They might rub in the beginning so donít go for a long ride when you first try
them on. And just like with old boots. If you use them often (Thatís the hole idea right?) they will slide on like a pair of slippers
after a while. Making you wonder why you ever cried about it in the first place. So let an experienced person find the right boots,
and have fun riding everywhere you ever wanted to take your horse.
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."
~ Arthur Schopenhauer
Horses in shoes or just coming out of shoes.
Now isn't this nicer for the horse?