Politics, Religion, and Barefoot Horses


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

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5 Responses

  1. Paul Magee says:

    Wonderful piece and please keep educating people about the benefits of barefoot.

  2. Clissa says:

    I get exactly where you are coming from Cassie. Great article.
    I’m also a member of a poultry forum that gives great advice on the technicalities of poultry health issues as well as the usual host of everything else one finds on such forums.
    But some members poohoo any form of ‘alternative’ thinking on any issue. I won’t give them the satisfaction of engaging them in battle. Those who read my posts will either know what I’m talking about or not. They can pm me if they want to carry on a discussion about such things as whether it’s fine to feed leaves to chooks that contain phytotoxins, or whether soy is a suitable bulk feed stuff & exactly why a hen gets arthritis so early in life.

    I also remember my days as a jillaroo in Australia when all the work horses were barefoot as a matter of course. The only horses that got shod were those that had to muster in rough country. They were only shod when necessary. Some cattle stations had rougher country than others so some places did shoe a lot but still it was not routine. But the horses weren’t ridden everyday. They were run in to be held in smaller paddocks & ridden every 4th day or so until the muster was finished, then turned out (bushed) for a few months to recover.

    I’m sure it is/was the same on ranches in America. People do tend these days to go a bit overboard with what the horse really needs.

  3. Carolyn says:

    Hi Casie. Couldn’t agree more with the idea of leading by example, not argument. I actually have a question…I would like to accustom my ex racehorse standie to going barefoot, but he has a club foot and without his shoes this is becoming more pronounced. Any suggestions?

    • Casie says:

      Hi Carolyn, I’ve actually trimmed a couple of horses with club feet. You can’t trim them to make them look exactly like the other feet, but keeping a low heel and short toe is the key. You also may have to trim them more often to keep contraction under control. I’ve also noticed that thrush tends to be an issue in clubby feet. Treating that is really important in helping to receive the contraction too. Best of luck to you!

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