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  • Need barefoot trim help

    I need help with an issue with my barefoot mustang, but I don't want to start a BF vs. shoes trainwreck. Would anyone be willing to PM with me and look at a picture and offer some advice?

    I asked my farrier about it yesterday and his answer was basically "this is a reason people typically put shoes on" and I'm wondering if there are other options, as I don't want to put shoes on this horse if I don't have to.

    Send me a PM if you are interested.

    Or, are there any barefoot forums where I could seek advice?

    "A horse's face always conveys clearly whether it is loved by its owner or simply used." - Anja Beran

  • #2
    If you don't trust your farrier's judgement better than whatever advice you are going to get from strangers on the internet, then you may want to find a farrier whose judgement you do trust.


    • #3
      you might not want to put shoes on your horse

      but your horse might need shoes

      you pay and do what the horse needs thats being a responsible owner

      if one doesnt then you shouldnt have horses

      and will say farriers are quailfied bf trimmers are not


      • #4
        go to www.horseshoes.com plenty of farriers there take a pic of your horses foot top bottom and sides and post it on there
        then you will find more help available


        • Original Poster

          Nowhere did I say that I would NOT put shoes on my horse IF he needs them. I said I DON'T WANT to if there are other options. Some horses need shoes, some horses don't. At various times in my herd I have had all my horses barefoot and all my horses shod, and everywhere in between. I do not think there is one concrete answer to all problems, which is why I'm seeking other opinions. I know what the farrier's answer is to the situation - I'm interested to hear what the barefoot answer would be.
          "A horse's face always conveys clearly whether it is loved by its owner or simply used." - Anja Beran


          • #6
            You can PM me if you want. I'm not anti shoe at all, but I prefer barefoot if possible.

            However I really agree with Tom, if you don't trust your farrier's judgement, it is probably time to look for a new one.
            come what may

            Rest in peace great mare, 1987-2013


            • #7
              Originally posted by Pocket Pony View Post
              . . . I know what the farrier's answer is to the situation -
              Correction. You know what your current farrier's answer is. The only logical reason to seek other opinions is because you have questions about your current farrier's competence.

              I'm interested to hear what the barefoot answer would be.
              With your current farrier you already know how your horse is doing barefoot. Until you put your horse in somebody else's hands you will not know if there is a better barefoot answer.


              • #8
                See PM
                <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.


                • Original Poster

                  Thanks for the PMs - replies sent.
                  "A horse's face always conveys clearly whether it is loved by its owner or simply used." - Anja Beran


                  • #10
                    Tried to respond to your PM, but your box is full!
                    "I did know once, only I've sort of forgotten." - Winnie the Pooh


                    • #11
                      I can't send PMs- my screen is all wonky since this "update" I can kinda sorta see PMs (hopefully I could curse over a link) - and would like to see what you are dealing with.

                      I am in the bay area as well, and have a trimmer which I highly recommend. He is not "anti shoes" and used to be a farrier - but now sticks to trimming and casts.
                      APPSOLUTE CHOCKLATE - Photo by Kathy Colman


                      • Original Poster

                        Aggie, I cleared it out - please resend! Thanks!
                        "A horse's face always conveys clearly whether it is loved by its owner or simply used." - Anja Beran


                        • Original Poster

                          Appsolute, I sent you a PM - can you get it? Go to the upper right hand corner of your screen and it should read "notifications." Then if you click on it it should say "1 unread private message" or something like that - that's how you get to your inbox.

                          Thank you to everyone who is PM-ing me - I appreciate the feedback!
                          "A horse's face always conveys clearly whether it is loved by its owner or simply used." - Anja Beran