Barefoot Performance Horses


Hi! My name is Casie Bazay. I'm a mom, a freelance writer, and a certified equine acupressure practitioner.

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4 Responses

  1. Harold Sitton says:

    CJA Debbonheir looks to have some flare in his toe which could result from improper trimming and/or improper placement of the shoe for breakover.

    If properly cared for from birth, barefoot can do all I Am convinced. But after two years of trying barefoot, I’ve decided my horse has such an under developed frog and digital cushion that I have gone to Ground Control shoes. It’s only been two months but his feet are seem to be making some really good changes.

    After a year depending on his foot, I will try barefoot again.

    I just didn’t think that one example of CJA Debbonheir should put ALL shoeing in a bad light.

    • Casie says:

      Hi Harold, I don’t think CJA’s experience puts all shoeing in a bad light–that was simply her experience. The purpose of this post is not to condemn shoeing, but to highlight barefoot performance horses. Many people simply don’t think horses can function barefoot. But obviously they can and many excel this way. Best of luck with your horse’s situation. Have you tried rehabbing with hoof boots by chance?

  2. Chris says:

    I like your page. I am really for barefoot horses. Both my thoroughbreds are barefoot, have been since coming off the track 2 years ago. Absolutely no problems. One plays polocrosse, and the other plays polocrosse, show-jumps and does 3-phase eventing. He has won more than 50% of his jumping classes and is very fast and sure-footed across country.

    I find that the trick is to keep on top of it – monitor their feet every day. I have learnt to trim them myself as well, so that means I can have full control.

    I agree that in exceptional cases, horses may need shoes, but the reality is that most people are just to lazy to try going barefoot. (It takes work of course!).

    Here in SA, barefoot is on the rise.

    • Casie says:

      Hi Chris–you are so right about keeping on top of the trimming. That’s one of the reasons why I learned to trim myself as well. And glad to hear barefoot is on the rise where you live. I think it’s catching on in a lot of places. 🙂

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