Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Barefoot Gaited Horses

There are three valid reasons to use horseshoes:

[] Protection (rocky terrain, fast hoof wear)

[] Traction

[] Therapeutic / medical reasons

Otherwise, your horse may be healthier barefoot.

Shoes are also used to alter gait, but that, in our opinion, is not a valid reason to use shoes, and there may be much more negative impact on the horse in using shoes for that reason. The pros may not outweigh the cons.

Above is a hoof diagram which you can use to add to your hard-copy reference book for good horse information, or to put up in the barn. Click onto the picture to view a larger image.

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