Hoof Protection for Barefoot HorsesFarrier for barefoot horses
Meaning that your stallion (or your husbandry) is simply not suitable for the barefoot thing? When you give up, find out about the new, cutting-edge features - and enhancements to the old ones - that will make this transitional phase much simpler. We inform you about these innovation and give you strategy, advices and ressources for a successful keeping of your horses through the change to living without metallic boots.
At the end it will be your choice whether or not the barefoot mode works for you and your horses. However, the information in this paper will at least help you to give this opportunity. Hoof shoes are a practical remedy for many equine breeders who are soft-footed during the transitional period.
This is the six or eight month stage in which the inner and outer structure of a barefoot hoof changes into a more healthy and naturally shaped one. Padded shoes offer protection and allow the hoof to expand and contract naturally, so that a new, more resistant hoof pod can outgrow.
After wetting, the fabric is wound around the lower part of a correctly trimming hoof. Drys quickly to do what Ramey describes as "a semi-permanent, under-hair hoof boot" that takes two to four week, according to the type of ground the rider or not.
"That should change," says Ramey. Although there is a training curriculum for using the litters, Ramey points out that with a little bit of practice they are relatively simple to handle - "like packaging with vetwrap". Horseshoes will remain the transitional tools of preference for many riders, and sometimes a long-term alternative when horses are rode across the most impassable terrains.
Hufschuhe developed in the last years fast, in order to become fair the needs of the constantly increasing number of barefoot horses and their owner. "There' s plenty of room for your boot, but we're making progress," says Ramey. "In the end, we work on hoof footwear that is better than nailierte footwear in every kind of sports and activities.
That means different kinds of shoes for different uses, and that is the way things are going now. ramiey has made his contribution to the big shoe maker EasyCare, Inc. and some new rows of shoes will come out this autumn. New features included a lower body mass and aerodynamic tread pattern, an adhesive bonding feature, integrated cushioning and a variety of outsole tractions.
"This flat shoe we're working on is almost like a crowns on a tooth," says Garrett Ford, EasyCare CEO. "If you don't look carefully, you won't even know the stallion's got high heels. "Ford, himself an avid long-distance racer, used a preproduction shoe at a May of this year's races and said that the vet treating him hadn't noticed that his horses were being boosted until Ford pointed it out.
Watch out for the new horseshoe line to be launched in the last three months of this year and the first three months of 2009. In order to define an on/off shoe regime for your horses, work with your trainer or blacksmith. In Ramey says in the early stadiums for very tenderfoot horses, 22 hrs on and two hrs off can be a point of departure from which you can prolong the elapsed period of step away as the hoofs of your horses conform and reshape.
Of course the competence of a good groom is the keys to your succes in "changing" your horses from barefoot to barefoot (or, in the case of a young, still growther, Ramey says, to avoid the transitional period completely). Ramey's founding group, the American Hoof Association (AHA; American Hoofassociation. org), has certified reviewers.
Aanhcp. net - früher American Association of National HoofCare Practitioners) zertifiziert auch Naturhufpfleger. When you cannot find anyone near you through these groups, Ramey proposes that you hire your blacksmith to teach you how to cut barefoot. "Tradional blacksmiths already know hoofs and are therefore able to expand their repertory with a logical cut," says Ramey, who began his own tradition as a blacksmith.
"However, do you know that there are big discrepancies between the cut normally made by a blacksmith and the barefoot cut? The base of a hippopotamus is not inherently shallow, as the blacksmith usually cuts it to get a sneaker. When it is mature, it curves from front to back, just like our own personal feet.
In principle, the feet can only be cut shallow by either thinening the soles of the toes ( "what you don't want") or letting the blocks be too long (the blocks are the sides of the hoof walls - the arches of the feet). This can work if the stallion is to be shoed, but it makes barefoot ability unfeasible.
When your blacksmith is interested in barefoot tuning, the Pete Ramey website (hoofrehab.com) provides a wide range of information on hoof biology, dynamic and pruning. Ramey Making Natural Hoof Care Work For You is available on his website or at www.EquineNetworkStore.com; his new 16-hour DVDs "Under The Horse" (see "The Portable Clinic" above) offer the equivalence to the information and education of a complete hospital.
Although Ramey is currently taking a pause from clinic management (to work on a text book with Robert Bowker, VMD, Doctor of Medicine, Head of the Equine Foot Laboratory at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine), hospitals are available through AHA or AANHCP. There are also a number of school classes that offer barefoot trimming and other nature conservation techniques.
This includes the Equine Sciences Academy (equinesciencesacademy.com) and the Oregon School of Natural Hoof Care (abchoofcare.com). It is Ramey's belief that blacksmiths are becoming more and more open to the expansion of their service offering. Editor Jenny Meyer has led two horses from shoed to barefoot and found that the processes vary from person to person.