|A gorgeous FEI level mare with no shoes! Photo: http://www.hoofcareunltd.com/Emma%20Hindle.htm|
|A barefoot eventer. Photo: http://healthyhooves.ca/news/barefoot-eventer|
The reality is that with a competent barefoot trimmer, your horses will be much happier without shoes and if they do get tender on rocks, then hoof boots are a much less expensive and less invasive option to shoeing.
I am a regular reader of the Barefoot Horse Blog (go check it out, she's a great trimmer who focuses on the whole package, not just the hoof, and I love seeing all of the horses that she fixes before and after) and today I ran across two other blogs for barefoot performance horses, which just made me really happy.
Rockley Farms - super educational, has detailed posts on shoeing vs barefoot and well illustrated posts on rehab horses.
Tekes Tally-Ho! - an Akal-Teke breeder who has beautiful barefoot, natural horsemanship trained, eventing Akhal-Teke's. I don't think that you could argue with them that their horses aren't comfortable being barefoot or would be better in shoes :)
Upon further searching, I uncovered a multitide of blogs and websites about barefeet. Below are a few of those, but there are even more! There is so much information out there about the benefits of going barefoot. I think the only issue is finding a good natural hoof trimmer...
The Horse's Hoof - Barefoot Performance
All of my horses have been barefoot, originally just because I wasn't competing and Grady was pastured so in the winter the mud would have sucked his shoes right off, but over the years I've come to prefer barefoot. All four of my horses have great rockcrunchers with only Jetta ever getting a little tender, but we're improving!
|A barefoot English Pleasure horse. Photo: http://www.thehorseshoof.com/barefootperf.html|
One more site that talks about performance barefoot is Eventing-A-Gogo, Andrea made the decision to go barefoot and Gogo has done so well at eventing as a barefoot girl :)
|The amazing Gogo|