Are you thinking of going barefoot with your horse?
There are thousands of successful barefoot competing and pleasure riding combinations out there that swear by going barefoot, with many benefits, and not just on your pocket! ££££
If this is something you are thinking about here are some tips for going barefoot with your horse. It should help you and your horse during the transition.
No.1 - IT TAKES TIME.
But be patient and stick at it, the benefits are worth it.
It's a transition process to go barefoot and can take up to 6 months.
No.2 - GET THE RIGHT TRIM FOR A BAREFOOT HORSE.
Make sure you get a farrier who trims barefoot horses, there is a difference between that and just a regular trim.
NO.3 - USE HOOF BOOTS.
During the transition and beyond hoof boots can be really useful. A barefoot horse doesn't have to be barefoot all the time.
If you ride on hard, uneven or stoney terrain then these little guys can be a foot saver!
NO.4 - THE RIGHT DIET.
No hoof no horse! Is bang on right, a good vitamin and mineral supplement is often required, especially if your horse has not got access to good pasture grazing all year round. Our Hoof formula provides the correct nutrient mix for growth and maintenance of healthy hooves. Especially those that are barefoot.
NO.5 - GET A FARRIER THAT UNDERSTANDS BAREFOOT TRIMMING.
Most important, without him/her understanding how to trim a barefoot horse your unlikely to succeed, each horse is different and needs to be treated so and the hooves change shape during the transition and thus so must the trimming.
Having a farrier who specialises in barefoot trimming and having a good trusting relationship with them will set you and your horse on your barefoot way :)