I want to join the Barefoot Eventers Clique
Hi there! Can I join your Barefoot Eventer's Clique? :D (I think I've read somewhere there just might be one!)
From a gal who isn't one firmly entrenched either way, each horse as an individual determines their ability to be barefoot. My TB gelding may have the ability to go bare all around. I have two other pleasure ponies in my barn who are bare it's just him who is shod.
We've finished cross country having pulled shoes on front and gone down gravel roads without said shoes and he's nary missed a step. So I'm thinking he's more likely capable than not.
As we've come into January and have tried riding outdoors (absolutely a miserable undertaking in Wyoming) the only places that we can ride outside are on the roads. But riding him on the asphalt roads in shoes is like riding a drunk on rollerskates. So as an alternative I'm going to take his shoes off and go the rest of the winter and hopefully through the year barefoot.
Any tips? How do your horses feet hold up conditioning? Do you trim a bit more often to keep them level and balanced? I do have a great farrier so that is not an issue.