Why bare foot is good
for your horse

“Shoeing is a necessary evil” is a quote that can be found in many horseshoeing text books.

The reason horses have been shod with metal shoes for so many years is simply because up until now there have been no good alternatives for protecting the hoof.

The adverse effects of incorrect and irregular shoeing include separation of the hoof laminae by the nails, lack of frog support and contacted heels, long toe / low heel syndrome, corns and stopping development of young hooves to name but a few.

Every horse can remain unshod.  Horses can be ridden barefoot if the hooves are conditioned and trimmed correctly and the horse is given the correct environment to live in.  If the hooves are not ready or capable of tackling the tougher terrains yet then it is not a case of shoes being the only solution.  Hoof boots can easily applied for the ride and then your horse can enjoy being barefoot for the rest of the time.

Correct and regular trimming and a natural lifestyle encourages tougher stronger, healthier hooves.  Regular professional trimming helps to combat common hoof problems such as contracted heels, thin soles, navicular syndrome, long toe, brusing, corns, pedal osteitis, crushed heels, thrush, seedy toe and white line disease.

Horses with sound healthy hooves are surefooted – they can feel where they put their feet including treading on rocks. By forming a healthy balanced hoof, problems such as tripping, stumbling, brushing and forging can be resolved.