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What management methods does your hoof care professional use? (Check all that apply)

Shoeing
33%
720
Simple trim
27%
589
Barefoot trim
40%
875

Total votes cast: 2184

Comments & Write-in Answers

She's fantastic at lameness cases

6/23/2008 8:01:32 PM

Barefoot care is no longer a fad, it is a fast growing trend. Our horses love it!

6/23/2008 6:25:50 PM

I use a barefoot trim , it has helped my thoroughbred mare to get better feet and heal a quatercrack

6/23/2008 5:30:00 PM

I do barefoot trim on 6 of my horses. My blacksmith does regular trim on remaining horses.

6/23/2008 4:30:52 PM

With pads. Many options of shoeing for maintenance & correction, various pads.

6/23/2008 3:44:32 PM

We shoue front feet only

6/23/2008 12:54:46 PM

Depends on the horse, use & time of year. Also learning barefoot trim myself

6/23/2008 11:23:59 AM

She follows Pete Rameys technique (was trained in Strassers method)

6/23/2008 9:27:48 AM

Front requres pads with heel support hind just shoes

6/23/2008 7:40:23 AM

every 6 weeks he trims all horses and 1 mini donkey.

6/23/2008 2:50:12 AM

She uses the natural balance method and it keeps my endurance horse in the top ten!

6/22/2008 9:07:45 PM

We don't believe in horse shoes. Our horse has overcome lameness with being natural barefoot trim.

6/22/2008 4:11:04 PM

I used to get barefoot trims until my trimmer suffered head injury; looking for new one now!

6/22/2008 4:01:22 PM

Pete Ramey rules!

6/22/2008 3:10:17 PM

shipping fever

6/22/2008 12:49:21 PM

Married to a farrier :)

6/22/2008 11:47:27 AM

Neither of my horses has ever needed shoes or any "special" trims

6/22/2008 11:18:01 AM

I rasp my horses' feet to keep the angles correct in between trims. farrier trims every 8 wks.

6/22/2008 10:20:24 AM

I do my own horses barefoot trims

6/22/2008 8:50:18 AM

I prefer non-permanent shoes as needed like EasyBoots.

6/22/2008 2:13:56 AM

I finally found a brilliant farrier! He can do it all, and he really thinks about each horse's need

6/21/2008 8:05:05 PM

pads and silicone

6/21/2008 7:00:13 PM

I prefer barefoot/simple

6/21/2008 6:35:48 PM

in my opinion a good trim is a barefoot trim

6/21/2008 10:40:17 AM

Mustang Molly 16 yrs. old , perfect feet , shoes? never!

6/21/2008 8:15:34 AM

Our three are shoed. Live in rocky area.

6/21/2008 2:24:17 AM

good mustang roll

6/21/2008 12:09:32 AM

I've been my own farrier since the age of 14

6/20/2008 10:49:42 PM

A trim, on all four hooves including the frogs. Shoes/fronts with clips. Barefoot Backs.

6/20/2008 9:37:55 PM

I actually do my own performance horses..(Used for Team Penning, and Cow horse. 12 horses in total).

6/20/2008 9:29:03 PM

My reiner is now going barefoot in front and wears sliders on the rear.

6/20/2008 5:36:12 PM

Our trimmer uses the Strasser trim and has performed miracles with it

6/20/2008 4:03:59 PM

Same farrier for 26 years

6/20/2008 2:48:22 PM

As an eventing horse, the shoes are almost a necessity

6/20/2008 1:40:10 PM

Has been a farrier for lots of years - does excellent job with my horses!

6/20/2008 1:02:32 PM

Its the healthiest way to go!

6/20/2008 12:29:24 PM

We have a club footed horse that requires corrective trimming.

6/20/2008 12:21:20 PM

I trim my horses myself, i studied under KC Lapierre

6/20/2008 12:20:31 PM

one horse with bar shoes b/c of a fractured coffin bone and the other with normal shoes

6/20/2008 11:28:57 AM

I learned to trim myself and it's the best thing Ive ever done for my horse.

6/20/2008 11:24:57 AM

Aluminum wedge shoes in front for navicular;regular shoes in back

6/20/2008 10:59:16 AM

He is strict about keeping their feet done on schedule & charges a fortune to do so!

6/20/2008 10:49:57 AM

My horses are professional carriage horses, started w. barefoot trim last year and am very content w

6/20/2008 9:57:13 AM

Barefoot is healthier for the hoof. If I need a little more protection I boot them.

6/20/2008 9:29:36 AM

Front shoes on my foundered horse, shoes on 2 others 1 barefoot

6/20/2008 9:01:31 AM

My horses have been receiving a wild horse style barefoot trim for over 2.5 years.

6/20/2008 8:52:09 AM

I've never had a problem with my barefoot horses, they are riden regularly and have the best feet.

6/20/2008 3:34:53 AM

I have found an intelligent, careful farrier/ He puts on a rim shoe in built in grips.

6/20/2008 12:37:47 AM

does whatever's needed; he's a treasure!!!

6/20/2008 12:34:55 AM

I learned to take care of them myself, barefoot!

6/19/2008 11:03:01 PM

My horse is shod on his front hooves and barefoot behind since I don't do any rigorous riding.

6/19/2008 10:26:57 PM

Use on all my 5 horses. Allbarefoot; all sound. Two had lameness problems with shoes for years.

6/19/2008 10:07:44 PM

Anyone who puts shoes on their horses are sadly very misinformed and lack of knowledge about the hoo

6/19/2008 10:01:09 PM

This is the most expensive neccessity I use to care for my horse, he has to wear shoes.

6/19/2008 8:36:09 PM

My horse has solid hooves so we leave him barefoot and trim him every 2-3 months

6/19/2008 7:29:47 PM

A Natural Trim (Ramey) and natural diet is the way to go!

6/19/2008 7:18:57 PM

Mustang roll/natural trim

6/19/2008 6:54:15 PM

one shoes up front one barefoot

6/19/2008 6:43:57 PM

Strasser method

6/19/2008 6:29:06 PM

Fortunately my horses don't need shooes except for intense training.

6/19/2008 5:45:09 PM

The only logical choice if you look at what is best for the horse objectively.

6/19/2008 5:42:50 PM

Depends on useage and seasons on what trim is used or weather one needs shoes or not .

6/19/2008 5:40:42 PM

saved my warmblood's life. eventer! all horses barefoot now. B careful when hiring, tho!

6/19/2008 5:17:06 PM

as a farrier I hate that term "barefoot" trim. 1/2 of my clients horses are unshod or 'barefoot'.

6/19/2008 5:15:14 PM

Nothing special but it keeps the hooves in good condition by regular visits

6/19/2008 5:13:48 PM

I keep my horse barefoot and use Vicks Vapor Rub to kkep the moisture balance. Works GREAT!

6/19/2008 4:58:26 PM

my farrier does what is neded for my horses some are barefoot some are half shoed some are full.

6/19/2008 4:38:23 PM

my husband does our 4 arabians

6/19/2008 4:19:47 PM

Our horses feet are healthier and stronger then they have ever been with the AANHCP trim.

6/19/2008 4:00:56 PM

minimal trim. leaving the soe intact

6/19/2008 3:59:20 PM

I trim my horses myself.

6/19/2008 3:34:42 PM

Most are unshod, simple trim -- front plates only for show and/or long distrance trail riding

6/19/2008 3:25:53 PM

I am a barefoot trimmer - have had great success w/ my own and client's horses.

6/19/2008 3:24:25 PM

does what is needed for soundness.

6/19/2008 3:06:01 PM

He says barefoot trim doesn't work for all horses.

6/19/2008 1:38:25 PM

pulled horses shoes last fall, will never go back to shoeing

6/19/2008 1:32:35 PM

All 5 of our horses do very well with a balanced barefoot trim. We show and trail ride barefoot.

6/19/2008 12:55:35 PM

simple trims when I am not riding them/only out shoes on because it is so rocky were i ride

6/19/2008 12:53:14 PM

When done every 4-5 weeks, only a rasp is needed. Sound and happy horses are the result.

6/19/2008 12:42:39 PM

My Arab/Welsh gelding has been barefoot and sound for over 10 years

6/19/2008 12:01:08 PM

I maintain my horses with a natural barefoot trim, ride them everywhere and no problems

6/19/2008 11:33:09 AM

Barefoot is the healthiest way to keep your horse, there is a number of ways to trim to fix problems

6/19/2008 10:43:25 AM

My horses move better and are more sound going Natural! (Ramey)

6/19/2008 10:18:38 AM

I use Pete Ramey methods and my horses are doing GREAT!

6/19/2008 10:15:04 AM

Doesn't remove much sole.

6/19/2008 10:00:34 AM

The farrier technique depends on the horse's own hoof and the use. fom shoes all the time to none.

6/19/2008 9:30:39 AM

thrbrd w long toes, soft feet, navicular chgs

6/19/2008 9:27:15 AM

I trim 6 of my own and a few clients.Will NEVER go back to shoes!

6/19/2008 8:54:24 AM

2 get corrective shoeing. 4 get barefoot trim w/mustang roll

6/19/2008 8:48:02 AM

Thanks to Walt's Barefoot group - http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/barefoothorsecare !!!

6/19/2008 7:21:04 AM

Uses shoes when needed

6/19/2008 7:17:40 AM

We have been natural for several years & it is great for our horses

6/19/2008 7:13:50 AM

Shoes are for the uneducated- my horse is healthier and happier without them!

6/19/2008 6:58:37 AM

I use Keith Seeley's trim. check him out at www.keithseeley.com

6/19/2008 6:20:11 AM

I have 8 horses, all are just trimmed. They do very well. They seem never to get lame or have any ho

6/19/2008 1:40:50 AM

Our farrier is fantastic - he treats the whole horse, not just the hoof, & he uses natural products!

6/19/2008 12:13:42 AM

I do all 6 myself

6/19/2008 12:09:49 AM

I do my own natural trimming (www.ironfreehorse.com). It's worked wonders!

6/18/2008 11:27:04 PM

She also assists with diet management and stays current on all the latest issues regarding hooves.

6/18/2008 10:52:45 PM

shoes on the front, barefoot in the back

6/18/2008 10:26:33 PM

My horse has good feet but would need front shoes if we rode on hard surfaces.Good feet but sensitiv

6/18/2008 10:18:12 PM

Have 4 horses, shoes and/or trims as required every 6 - 8 weeks.

6/18/2008 9:23:29 PM

Removed all shoes...every moves better. Highly recommend certified natural hoof care practioner!

6/18/2008 9:01:00 PM

heated shoes

6/18/2008 8:51:10 PM

she uses a LIM trim

6/18/2008 8:18:05 PM

My trimmer and I work well together for the benefit of my horses.

6/18/2008 7:59:17 PM

My horse walks on anything without any shoes. She doesn't need boots.

6/18/2008 7:50:03 PM

I do the Barefoot Trim, and I have Permorance Horses, Reining and Reining How Horses.

6/18/2008 6:58:54 PM

mule breaks out like a fungi on legs and itches and on chin and jaw could you help

6/18/2008 6:01:03 PM

Every 6 weeks he calls and lets me know the day he'll be in the area - he's great!

6/18/2008 5:58:38 PM

We are the hoof care professionals, we trim our own.

6/18/2008 5:53:00 PM

I trim my own horses feet. One mare will be 30 and going stronger since I took shoes off 3 years ago

6/18/2008 5:43:02 PM

Trim my own using Ramey concepts

6/18/2008 5:35:06 PM

Some of mine are shod, some are not. We've used "barefoot" trimmers and regular farriers.

6/18/2008 5:17:48 PM

he is devinitly pro-shoe but he can trim a bare foot if asked to

6/18/2008 5:13:03 PM

jaime jackson/pete ramey

6/18/2008 5:10:51 PM

Every 5 to 6 weeks

6/18/2008 4:51:13 PM

Big believer in barefoot trim. 22 horses and all are barefoot with NO lameness issues

6/18/2008 4:50:09 PM

I trim all five of my horses myself.

6/18/2008 4:45:58 PM

I'm taking a 24 year old QH back to a natural trim for health and cost reasons.

6/18/2008 4:26:21 PM

Horses always on dirt or sand, don't need shoes

6/18/2008 4:25:26 PM

ala Pete Ramey see WWW.hoofrehab.com

6/18/2008 4:05:35 PM

All but my driving horse are barefoot and that's because I'm on the road with her a lot.

6/18/2008 4:02:39 PM

Trim my own horses.

6/18/2008 3:57:08 PM

Barefoot is Best!

6/18/2008 3:44:10 PM

I do my own Ramey Trims on all my horses

6/18/2008 3:44:06 PM

Natural barefoot trim (mustang roll)

6/18/2008 3:43:42 PM

I trim both horses myself & have never had shoes. We live in the Rky Mts & trail ride alot.

6/18/2008 3:33:11 PM

breeding horses and saddle horses, saddle horses are shod, others modified barefoot trim by owner

6/18/2008 3:23:02 PM

He trims my barefoot horses according to their needs. I have 2 horses that need shoes.

6/18/2008 3:22:26 PM

I have broodmares and babies only

6/18/2008 3:18:33 PM

It saved one of my horses from euthanasia reccommended by former shoer of 15 years.

6/18/2008 3:15:01 PM

Actually I do the trimming.

6/18/2008 3:09:37 PM

I do a barefoot performance trim on both my horses, myself

6/18/2008 2:13:38 PM

My vet hot shoes and fits the shoe to the horses hoof rather than the other way around.

6/18/2008 2:11:28 PM

he will let us know if anything other than a simple trim is necessary.

6/18/2008 1:36:44 PM

I trim my own horses

6/18/2008 1:10:58 PM

My farrier uses the Gene Ovnicek natural balance method and I use Old Mac boots when needed

6/18/2008 12:58:48 PM

My drafts need shoes on their fronts all year, barefoot on back feet after show season ends.

6/18/2008 12:48:32 PM

My horse has never worn shoes, and she goes just fine.

6/18/2008 12:47:18 PM

hot shoes every 6 wks

6/18/2008 12:45:59 PM

barefoot trim has to be strictly maintained to ride the horse barefoot

6/18/2008 12:44:48 PM

He uses shoes if needed, if not then we leave them barefoot.

6/18/2008 12:39:09 PM

I've been trimming my own horses for the last 5 years

6/18/2008 12:37:20 PM

Just learned about "barefoot" trim. He's been doing it for years without the name!

6/18/2008 12:16:59 PM

mustang roll

6/18/2008 12:14:04 PM

My horses are sounder and happier with balanced hooves and no metal

6/18/2008 12:09:48 PM

I wish he could give a barefoot trim & we don't have many options where we live.

6/18/2008 12:08:31 PM

my working horse is shod, my retired horse is barefoot

6/18/2008 12:04:48 PM

5 horses ages 6 to 22, went barefoot 2 years ago with great results

6/18/2008 12:00:19 PM

Classic shoer that uses best methohd for each horse.

6/18/2008 11:58:06 AM

Doing it myself. Have 3 fully transitioned with rock crushing feets!

6/18/2008 11:34:29 AM

Plus I give hoof and coat supplements. It seems to be working very well.

6/18/2008 11:12:05 AM

hot-shoeing, toe clips where necessary, low profile road studs for pavement traction

6/18/2008 11:07:10 AM

Cody Haferman pro-farrier does what the horse needs. the hoof tells him what is needed to be done.

6/18/2008 10:52:03 AM

We have a horse with navicular disease. Only the hot shoe and special egg bar keep him sound.

6/18/2008 10:48:59 AM

I am a certified barefoot trimmer and manage my own herd of 9

6/18/2008 10:46:55 AM

BAREFOOT is the ONLY way to go. Find a true barefoot professional and you will see!

6/18/2008 10:32:06 AM

Thank God! No more lameness & saving money! Best thing I ever did for my horse. He's 25+

6/18/2008 10:29:11 AM

My 8-yr old TB has feet issues that only proper barefoot trimming can resolve. And it's working.

6/18/2008 10:24:15 AM

Barefoot (ramey) trimming has restored several horses to soundness at our farm

6/18/2008 10:15:48 AM

I trim my own horses

6/18/2008 10:01:23 AM

We have 7 horses. We use all of the above depending on use.

6/18/2008 9:56:19 AM

A true barefoot trim, not a pasture trim is the healthiest method to keep a horse sound and happy.

6/18/2008 9:52:07 AM

Good balanced trim every 6 to 8 weeks or as needed

6/18/2008 9:33:39 AM

I have the best natural balance shoer I have ever seen, and it only took 38 years to find him.

6/18/2008 9:21:17 AM

Have 3 horses. 1 gets shoes, 1 not ridable yet, & 1 mini are trim only.

6/18/2008 9:18:33 AM

I do my own barefoot trim.

6/18/2008 9:10:50 AM

Natural Hoofcare, My own, and 80 others monthly.

6/18/2008 8:53:43 AM

we do 50 mile endurance rides barefoot

6/18/2008 8:52:10 AM

by a professional not a natural hoof trimmer

6/18/2008 8:49:32 AM

he tells me when there is a start of a hoof problem or if the horses are getting overweight

6/18/2008 8:37:51 AM

My guys have to have shoes on, they would wear their toes off!

6/18/2008 8:35:04 AM

natural balance trim on most, 1 with NB shoes

6/18/2008 8:23:53 AM

I trim my own horses.

6/18/2008 8:22:27 AM

only our jumper gets shoes, rest are barefoot

6/18/2008 8:15:59 AM

Hoof care is based on the work our horses do thier conformation and their enviornment.

6/18/2008 8:07:40 AM

every 6 weeks- or more, if a horse has trouble with its feet.

6/18/2008 7:46:31 AM

My foundered gelding was lame for 2 years before "going barefoot"...after just 3 trims he was sound!

6/18/2008 7:42:41 AM

All six of our horses are barefoot, we have TBs and WBs, cometing in open jumping and novice

6/18/2008 7:32:57 AM

I've learned to do my own trimming.

6/18/2008 7:29:24 AM

My 25+ y.o. rescue had worn shoes all his life. The process of transitioning him to bare took 1 yr.

6/18/2008 7:23:20 AM

Depends on the horse and how ridden, worked, etc.

6/18/2008 7:21:10 AM

Equine Podiatry, HPT Method

6/18/2008 7:20:03 AM

I have a pawer that has to have front shoes, the rest of mine are trimmed. I like to keep it natural

6/18/2008 7:14:15 AM

A 'naturally' managed barefoot horse is a happy and healthy horse.

6/18/2008 7:03:30 AM

I keep mine rasped level and beveled at the edges, and the farrier fine tunes my work.

6/18/2008 7:02:01 AM

We use the Pete Raimey Natural Hoof Trimming

6/18/2008 6:58:39 AM

my horses are unshod

6/18/2008 4:37:46 AM

I have a thoroughbred whose feet are flat and thin, and my other horse does road work

6/18/2008 4:17:48 AM

Barefoot is BEST! My T'bred now has great feet.

6/18/2008 1:47:23 AM

Use a natural hoof shoeing based off

6/18/2008 1:17:39 AM

My farrier is very proficient in corrective trimming,always returns calls, and shows up on time

6/18/2008 1:12:04 AM

same trim for 16 yrs on 40 head. Horses are used hard and seldom have any hoof issues.

6/18/2008 12:43:28 AM

"Hoof Care Professional" ? What happened to just plain "farrier" or "shoer" ?

6/18/2008 12:29:00 AM

Natural balance

6/18/2008 12:23:13 AM

strasser style

6/18/2008 12:09:36 AM

I currently have one of the best Journeyman farriers around. I'm moving though and will miss him!

6/18/2008 12:02:12 AM

Our horses have been barefoot for 6 years. We use a natural type trim and do not need shoes.

6/17/2008 11:50:50 PM

my farrier trims and shoes my mare every 6 weeks.

6/17/2008 11:49:03 PM

Rims every 6 weeks

6/17/2008 11:43:48 PM

I keep my horses hooves pared out and rasped down every week. It seems to help alot

6/17/2008 11:36:42 PM

We will only allow a A BAREFOOT SPECIALIST,after an enept simple trim created a horrid abscess

6/17/2008 11:26:10 PM

My horse receives a trim and wears shoes on the front and trim but no shoes on the back.

6/17/2008 11:23:27 PM

1000 horses in our area and no shoers with any education.

6/17/2008 11:03:31 PM

mine aren't show horses

6/17/2008 10:59:09 PM

natural hoofcare but not the Strasser method - designed to work with the natural hoof tendencies

6/17/2008 10:54:58 PM

I happy to say I have a wonderful farrier. He's done wonders for my horses' feet.

6/17/2008 10:49:50 PM

my horse 'crossfires' so we put Cytec shoes on her

6/17/2008 10:43:50 PM

aims for a shoeless balanced foot

6/17/2008 10:40:53 PM

My farrier started doing a "natural trim." The toe is a little longer.

6/17/2008 10:38:10 PM

He has saved my horse's feet, taking him from long toes, high contracted heels and shoes to great fe

6/17/2008 10:24:44 PM

My farrier believes in barefoot trimming when possible, he can do all kinds of farrier jobs

6/17/2008 10:24:03 PM

Each horse is given farrier care that is right for that horse and it needs

6/17/2008 10:22:58 PM

He also works corrects issues like seedy toe

6/17/2008 10:18:35 PM

AANHCP

6/17/2008 10:15:24 PM

Horses are born with all the 'shoe' they need. Barefoot improves circulation.

6/17/2008 10:14:12 PM

We leave them barefoot during the winter months and trim and/or shoe during summer months.

6/17/2008 10:10:09 PM

shod all yr. with grabs & bubble pads in winter. EDSS on foundered horse

6/17/2008 10:08:22 PM

Best my horses feet have ever been!

6/17/2008 10:07:23 PM

I do the trim.

6/17/2008 10:04:03 PM

Strasser Method has cured founder, navicular, ringbone/sidebone, etc! It's da bomb

6/17/2008 10:02:36 PM

Gene Ovinek

6/17/2008 10:00:08 PM

shoes with pads and antiseptic filler in between

6/17/2008 9:58:38 PM

better for the horses health ,and when you put shoes on you have a prone to misplaced nails in the h

6/17/2008 9:57:14 PM

My trimmer does a fantastic barefoot trim, he is also a greater shoer to.

6/17/2008 9:54:45 PM

we trim on a regular schedule, and shoe as needed.

6/17/2008 9:43:49 PM

She prefers a natural trim but will use plastic shoes if shoes are needed.

6/17/2008 9:41:48 PM

He says the horse tells him what he wants trimmed - sometimes it's very little

6/17/2008 9:36:27 PM

I ride in the hills which is very rocky so I have shoes on his feet so that they dont chip his feet

6/17/2008 9:35:28 PM

My farrier studied under Pete Ramey and the methods he uses has done wonders for my horse. I

6/17/2008 9:27:03 PM

she is doing therapeutic shoeing on one horse, tweaking my own barefoot trim on occasion

6/17/2008 9:24:07 PM

KC LaPierre's "Applied Equine Podiatry"

6/17/2008 9:23:28 PM

Shoes to fix flares then barefoot andsound since corrected

6/17/2008 9:23:13 PM

One horse is conventionally shod, other was barefoot, now has natural bal. shoes in front.

6/17/2008 9:15:10 PM

Advise on vitamin & mineral supp. Walking on pavement to toughen soles, gentle tactics

6/17/2008 9:12:59 PM

Totally depends on the weather and condition of the fields

6/17/2008 9:07:03 PM

Our shoer is awesome!From show horse showing, to retiree trim and showing, when needed

6/17/2008 9:03:25 PM

One horse barefoot, one is shod

6/17/2008 8:58:59 PM

Based on need - one horse has great feet and gets a trim; the other frt shoes and a trim

6/17/2008 8:58:00 PM

I maintain 10 horses; 5 breeding & 5 pleasure horses. We trim & shoe according to need.

6/17/2008 8:52:51 PM

shoes when needed. Alot of horses can go barefoot behind and shod in front.

6/17/2008 8:51:12 PM

florida's rockless sandy soil necessitates no iron shoes and I believe them to be unhealthy for the

6/17/2008 8:49:28 PM

TB, who's laminitic, has front shoes & Paso Fino has a barefoot trim

6/17/2008 8:49:04 PM

My mare needs shoes on the front only, my gelding only needs a barefoot trim.

6/17/2008 8:48:29 PM

shoes if necessary

6/17/2008 8:41:41 PM

high performance barefoot trim modeled after the natural wild mustangs! It's great!!

6/17/2008 8:39:36 PM

Front Shoes, back barefoot

6/17/2008 8:35:15 PM

I take care of all hoof work myself and use all 3 methods as needed

6/17/2008 8:34:57 PM

my horse has arthritis so my horse gets special padding

6/17/2008 8:31:45 PM

Depends on what the horse does and how the feet wear

6/17/2008 8:30:47 PM

My hoof care professional specializes in barefoot hoof care, which is why I sought him out!

6/17/2008 8:30:44 PM

If at all possible I do not use shoes

6/17/2008 8:28:00 PM

Ace wears his feet very well. Just needs regular trim every 6 weeks in the summer

6/17/2008 8:27:01 PM

All natural barefoot trim and our horses hooves have never been healthier! I was a skeptic,not now!

6/17/2008 8:26:21 PM

MOnthly trim. Happy barefoot horse! Happy owner!

6/17/2008 8:21:55 PM

Diamond N Farriers, Eric Natterer of Florida is my farrier and he is absolutely great

6/17/2008 8:19:15 PM

Pete Ramey's method

6/17/2008 8:18:47 PM

Use of synthetic shoes & epoxy if needed.

6/17/2008 8:11:12 PM

My Arab w/ soft hooves wears shoes on the front and goes barefoot on the back.

6/17/2008 7:58:57 PM

my guy has been barefoot for 22 years, competing as show /rodeo horse

6/17/2008 7:45:46 PM

depends on the horse

6/17/2008 7:32:11 PM

All my horses ride barefoot, except for rare mountain trail rides.

6/17/2008 7:27:52 PM

I am my own Barefoot Trimmer

6/17/2008 7:27:49 PM

I trim my own horse using the wild horse model of barefoot trimming.

6/17/2008 7:17:56 PM

We shoe the riding horses and trim the young ones not yet under saddle. We live in a rocky area.

6/17/2008 7:14:37 PM

the High Performance barefoot trim.. KC LaPierre - trim every 5 weeks April-October, 6 weeks winter

6/17/2008 7:10:22 PM

Natural feet, baby!

6/17/2008 7:04:46 PM

natural trimming every 5-6 weeks

6/17/2008 7:02:26 PM

What is the difference between a simple trim and a barefoot trim?

6/17/2008 6:56:06 PM

farrier-outstanding ability to trim all 4 flat -perfect balance,unfortunately no longer competing!.

6/17/2008 6:55:39 PM

front pads, with dental impression material and copper sulfate.

6/17/2008 6:54:49 PM

Due to lack of genuine barefoot trimmers, I now do all our trimming.

6/17/2008 6:51:57 PM

My horse has OA and my farrier does rocker, squared shoes for easy breakover

6/17/2008 6:50:53 PM

the only way to go!

6/17/2008 6:46:55 PM

utilizes BF trim prior to shoeing

6/17/2008 6:41:21 PM

short toe, njatural balance alum shoes

6/17/2008 6:28:22 PM

Good nutrition, dry ground (in FL), and a good farrier.

6/17/2008 6:26:15 PM

never touch the sole of the foot, trim the walls and clean up the edges, repeat don't touch the sole

6/17/2008 6:24:35 PM

My barefoot QH is on a 30 day trim schedule and his feet are always in great shape.

6/17/2008 6:23:16 PM

He is a real professional that went to farrier school and tries to do the best for my horses!

6/17/2008 6:15:34 PM

It depends on what my horses are going to be doing at the time of appointment.

6/17/2008 6:15:01 PM

I have 1 horse that paces and needs shoes, and the other we have trimmed when we don't ride him

6/17/2008 6:12:54 PM

my farrier does wear shoes or shirt

6/17/2008 6:12:12 PM

I strictly use a natural balance farrier and my horses have not had lameness since

6/17/2008 6:06:05 PM

Strasser based trim

6/17/2008 6:04:34 PM

2 horses on a 4 weekschedule, 4 on a 5-6 week...

6/17/2008 5:55:35 PM

special navicular/clubfoot trim & shoeing in front, artificial build-up when necessary

6/17/2008 5:53:23 PM

Martha Olivo Standard Hoof Care. Fantastic. My horses have never had better hooves. Period.

6/17/2008 5:49:20 PM

My older horse get natural balance shoes on front and bare foot on the rer. Other horse is bare

6/17/2008 5:45:39 PM

I trim my own horses

6/17/2008 5:45:02 PM

Advises on supplements needed, care for current ground conditions, hooves done every 5-6 weeks

6/17/2008 5:35:43 PM

includes therapeutic shoeing for dropped heel.

6/17/2008 5:35:16 PM

Tried barefoot trim for a while, but my horse is much happier in shoes.

6/17/2008 5:31:36 PM

Natural Hoof Care professional

6/17/2008 5:29:54 PM

Pete Ramey style

6/17/2008 5:29:02 PM

Shoes off for winter. Shoes on in late spring.

6/17/2008 5:26:47 PM

My trimmer is an AAHNCP trimmer, and does a fantastic job, my horses hooves have never been better!

6/17/2008 5:20:19 PM

He does anything I want, including installing snow pushers and studs on her shoes in winter.

6/17/2008 5:18:08 PM

Our farrier maintain good angles and wide feet, using trims, shoes, padding and packing

6/17/2008 5:14:38 PM

Pulling my horse's shoes and having her trimmed by natural barefoot trimmer was a great decision!

6/17/2008 5:11:00 PM

I have learned to do my own barefoot trimming with great results!

6/17/2008 5:03:32 PM

Saddle horses go barefoot thru winter, but wear shoes the rest of the year. Hard & rocky in SE WY

6/17/2008 5:01:12 PM

Since going barefoot, my endurance horse has had fewer problems with his feet, tendons, & ligaments

6/17/2008 4:59:40 PM

My farrier and I work together to determine what is best for each horse individually

6/17/2008 4:56:21 PM

At present, four feet get trimmed, front feet get shoes. Winter, spring, goes barefoot with trim.

6/17/2008 4:56:09 PM

barefoot trim every 8 weeks; natural balance shoes for summer mountain riding

6/17/2008 4:52:49 PM

ring bone

6/17/2008 4:44:30 PM

My OTTB has real solid hooves and goes fine barefoot

6/17/2008 4:41:45 PM

an plenty of bare foot riding on hard ground

6/17/2008 4:41:23 PM

I use specialists who are schooled in natural hoof trimming.

6/17/2008 4:40:10 PM

have had a decrease in colic related illness since going barefoot. Better circulation seems to help

6/17/2008 4:37:16 PM

Great farrier has made a big difference in my horse's health

6/17/2008 4:36:19 PM

We do barefoot trims as our preference with minimal front shoeings

6/17/2008 4:34:54 PM

Shoes on front, trim on back

6/17/2008 4:34:45 PM

It is the best hoof care if you transition properly.

6/17/2008 4:34:20 PM

My horses' are much healthier since I quit having shoes put on them.

6/17/2008 4:33:06 PM

He also recommends the product Hoof Heal when hooves are dry and brittle.

6/17/2008 4:32:12 PM

My farrier and any good farrier does not use one method for every horse

6/17/2008 4:29:39 PM

I now use a barefoot trimmer and our horses are doing great!

6/17/2008 4:24:33 PM

Pete Ramey's barefoot trim has saved our 20 year old mares' life! God Bless Mr. Ramey!

6/17/2008 4:21:57 PM

my farrier comes every 8 weeks, faithfully! this trim must be maintained!

6/17/2008 4:21:06 PM

shortens the toe and uses shoes that are more flexible

6/17/2008 4:19:38 PM

We ride in rocks a lot. No horse with tack and rider should have to negotiate those rocks barefoot.

6/17/2008 4:18:38 PM

I've learned to trim my own after too many no shows from farriers.

6/17/2008 4:18:36 PM

Helped me through laminitis twice, use shoes with pads on horses that require them.

6/17/2008 4:17:03 PM

and whatever else they need

6/17/2008 4:16:41 PM

I trim my own horses

6/17/2008 4:15:48 PM

Depends on what the horse needs according to it naturual quality as well as what its doing for work,

6/17/2008 4:11:21 PM

What a fabulous difference in all my horses feet since pulling shoes and using a barefoot trim!

6/17/2008 4:09:26 PM

My erformance horses are barefoot and doing great.

6/17/2008 4:09:16 PM

My farrier does whatever is in the best interest of both the horse and the owner

6/17/2008 4:07:38 PM

Our horses' hooves have improved over the last 3 years of this method; no more flares, chips/cracks!

6/17/2008 4:00:54 PM

Am lucky to have a horse with hardy feet that can stay sound being barefoot with correct trimming.

6/17/2008 3:59:52 PM

horses have gone barefoot after I researched the barefoot health benefits.

6/17/2008 3:59:09 PM

Husband is a farrier. Running all our barrel horses in sidewinders right now.

6/17/2008 3:58:34 PM

barefoot and natural care is the only was

6/17/2008 3:58:11 PM

DraftX, pony, & mini are all barefoot

6/17/2008 3:57:31 PM

Racing and training TB's require an exceptional hoof care professional and regeime.

6/17/2008 3:55:46 PM

All with a balanced foot

6/17/2008 3:51:48 PM

I am a barefoot trimmer with about 50 horses under my care.

6/17/2008 3:49:46 PM

dramatic results with P3 rotation and whole new sole on foot

6/17/2008 3:48:56 PM

She puts a nice mustang roll on all my horses every 3-4 weeks.

6/17/2008 3:47:00 PM

I am a fully qualified farrier in Holland. I trim and/or shoe traditional. Works out best this way!

6/17/2008 3:44:22 PM

Great barefoot farrier at last. My horses are so sound now and travelling with heel first landing.

6/17/2008 3:42:02 PM

I have a gelding and a mare. The mare has shoes on front only year round due to chipping.

6/17/2008 3:41:13 PM

Following Pete Ramey guidelines...much happy, healthier horses!

6/17/2008 3:40:16 PM

Natural hoofcare-no shoes!

6/17/2008 3:33:40 PM

Natural balance aluminum shoes works best on my horse.

6/17/2008 3:30:31 PM

I keep my horses bare with a natural trim always!

6/17/2008 3:27:07 PM

I shoe only when needed for horse's comfort or for strenuous work... RARELY. Regular trims important

6/17/2008 3:26:22 PM

Strasser hoofcare Professional

6/17/2008 12:22:57 PM

horses each one gets somthing different done to their feet.

6/17/2008 11:34:20 AM

3 of my 4 horses are barefoot and trail ridden, 1 needs shoes

6/17/2008 10:16:27 AM

my horse has great feet and is always barefoot without a problem

6/17/2008 10:14:57 AM