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Re: [RC] More Money (was: barefoot trim) - Karen Sullivan

On 8/12/08, Karen Sullivan <greymare56@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

On 8/12/08, k s swigart <katswig@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

"Your horse doesn't need steel shoes, that will be $60 for the special
barefoot trim" is one of the biggest boons to ever come along for "hoof
care specialists."  
The shoers in my area typically would come in, and shoe the horse, taking from 45 minutes to an hour and a half.  A trim takes 5 minutes to 20...and is just nippering the hoof, filing flat, overly trim frog and sole.......
Another point I was trying to make here is that there are differences that i see between the "new style" barefoot trim, and the standard farrier trim.  The farrier or pasture trim takes half the time, or less than what I see the Barefoot practitioners doing...part of their "trim" is watching how the horse moves and how the feet hit the ground. 
As far as watching how they move....again, more education is a good thing.  I never understood before, the importance of flat or heel first landings...and how the internal structures of the hoof are designed to absorb shock when the hoof lands.  We had a mini-clinic at a friends house several years ago.  One of the demonstrators was a farrier who also rode and competed dressage.  He had a high-level dressage horse that was shod. One of the other demonstrators was a new barefoot trimmer, who gave a nice little 1/2 hour lecture on the structures of the hoof and mechanism, then did a trim.  She drew a lot of her information from Jamie Jackson and Pete Ramey.  The farrier/dressage rider sat in on her lecture, but didn't comment.
Afterwards, he did a dressage demonstration.  The barefoot trimmer and I watched as this lovely, big warmblood struggled through come pretty complicated dressage manuvers.  We noticed not only was he shod, but feet were pretty long, with some of the common deformations you can see on horses that have been shod along time; contracted heels, flaring quarters and toes, pushed up hairlines.  The horse was totally toe landing, which made both of us cringe.....
This sort of thing, AND that type of hoof deformation, is observed routinely where I live, and even in the pricey Bay Area....


[RC] More Money (was: barefoot trim), k s swigart
Re: [RC] More Money (was: barefoot trim), Karen Sullivan