Most of the time, our horses will be better off without shoes. Going barefoot allows the hoof to naturally expand and contract, increasing circulation in the hoof and leg, and inspire natural wear.
The Barefoot Trim movement has demonstrated to many horse owners that their horses are healthier and stay sound longer without the constriction of metal shoes.
Since we have domesticated our horses and don’t give them as much opportunity for free movement, we have to replace the action that miles and miles of travel would create, and trim the feet for them. However, a “farrier’s trim” that simply leaves the hoof shorter but shoeless is not the same as a “Natural Barefoot Trim.” A trained Natural Barefoot Trim farrier will shape the hoof and roll the toe in such a way as to maximize the natural way a horse will wear its foot if given the freedom to move in a natural way. Doing so has proven to be the healthiest way to keep your horse sound.
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- Dan CraigDan Craig Hoof CareDan Craig has been a professional farrier for more than 40 years. He was launched into horseshoeing and the Gran Prix Circuit through an apprenticeship with Kerney Hillard. Kerney shod the United States Olympic Team horses in the 1970s.
After 28 years as a farrier, putting shoes on horses, he discovered The Natural Barefoot Trim. Dan is enthusiastic about the benefits of this method of hoof care and would be honored to share with you why he believes this is the best hoof care method for most horses.