A month into the barefoot experience it’s going well

It’s been a month since I had Freedom’s shoes pulled (the great barefoot experience is underway). I had expected the worst: a horse that was too footsore to ride; the loss of an entire hunt season; hooves that chipped; and bruising or abscessing. When I had to take Kroni’s front shoes off he was miserable. […]

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I hate the sound of a lost shoe.

You know that sound. The light clink or metallic ping that a loose horse shoe makes when your horse steps on pavement. In the beginning it’s so slight that you try to imagine you didn’t hear it. Until it gets louder and more obvious. I heard that sound today as I put my horse in […]

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How to pull a loose shoe

As a follow up to yesterday’s post, here are links to some thorough articles on how to pull a shoe that’s loose or twisted. Probably all of us has arrived at the barn to find their horse hobbling around with a shoe that’s half off and it’s really important to know how to get that […]

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My Big Brown Moment – Wishing for High Tech Hoof Repair

Last week, during the torrential thunderstorm that swept through the area, one of my horses managed to pull both front shoes. After a spring that was characterized by alternating wet (think standing in mud) and dry, his feet weren’t in great shape. For the last two shoeing cycles, my farrier had patched his feet together […]

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