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Barefoot trimmer in Roanoke area

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  • Barefoot trimmer in Roanoke area

    Hello there,

    I am looking for a professional and competent barefoot trimmer for our two well-behaved horses.
    We are located just SE of Roanoke.
    I used to trim them myself, but due to a shoulder injury I am unable to stay on top of this.

    Thanks so much!

  • #2
    The term "barefoot trimmer" is a marketing scheme designed to appeal to those searching for "Natural". A good farrier is required to know how to trim the hoof accurately and correctly level, whether or not shoes are applied after the trim. If no shoes are going to be applied, more of the wall is left on the hoof than if the shoe is going to be applied. Other than that, a trim is a trim. Don't get sucked into "marketing". Find a farrier who knows how to do a nice job with your horse, trims the foot so that it is flat and level on the ground and healthy and strong, because that is what good farriers do. If the horse does not require shoes for his lifestyle, then no need to put them on.

    "Barefoot Farriers" who are finding it necessary to use this marketing scam in order to find clients are those who need such a scheme in order to find work. They are often greenies, not experienced, and often not skilled at all. Good farriers need no marketing scheme, they are busy enough already.


    Go take a look at feet on horses in your area. Find some who look like they have nice feet, a job you think is good. Ask for the name of their farrier.
    www.cordovafarm.weebly.com

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    • Original Poster

      #3
      Thanks for your opinion. I actually (usually) trim their feet myself, but due to an injury I have been unable to keep up as well as I should. I have had numerous "highly recommended" farriers work on them in the past and was not happy with their work. They mostly do what is called a "pasture trim", which is not the same as a proper barefoot trim. The hoof wall is trimmed short and not beveled to shorten breakover at the toe. One of these "professionals" crippled my horse by trimming him so short that he bled and was lame for weeks.
      I am familiar with the wild horse model trim and it has worked very well for both of our horses while riding in rocky terrain so would like to continue with that. Unfortunately finding competent barefoot hoof care professionals in the area is quite difficult!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by DesertPony View Post
        Thanks for your opinion. I actually (usually) trim their feet myself, but due to an injury I have been unable to keep up as well as I should. I have had numerous "highly recommended" farriers work on them in the past and was not happy with their work. They mostly do what is called a "pasture trim", which is not the same as a proper barefoot trim. The hoof wall is trimmed short and not beveled to shorten breakover at the toe. One of these "professionals" crippled my horse by trimming him so short that he bled and was lame for weeks.
        I am familiar with the wild horse model trim and it has worked very well for both of our horses while riding in rocky terrain so would like to continue with that. Unfortunately finding competent barefoot hoof care professionals in the area is quite difficult!
        You can label farriers "good" and "bad," but you can't label them "barefoot" and "nonbarefoot" and then slap the "good" or "bad" label as an equivalent. Nancy is correct. You need a good farrier, whether or not the horse gets shoes. My riding horses only ever get front shoes, and only if they need them. Some compete barefoot. Are they getting a "pasture trim?" Nope, they are getting the trim they need to do the work they are doing. And they win and they are sound. Sounds like you are having a hard time finding competent hoof care overall, and I would not limit my search one bit by using the label "barefoot."
        "When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in a confederacy against him."

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        • #5
          My trimmer (in east TN) is on this list, but I don't see anyone in VA. Maybe contact someone in a nearby state for recommendations?
          https://www.aanhcp.net/pages/barefoot-hoof-care

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          • Original Poster

            #6
            Thanks to all. I think I have finally managed to find someone!

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