In Part 1 I looked at the various elements that need to be in place in order to maximise your horse’s chances of success when transitioning from shod to barefoot, and in Part 2 I talked about some of the issues that might arise after the shoes come off.
So, if removing the shoes brings so many issues, why am I still pro-barefoot?
When barefoot, the hoof acts almost like another heart, helping to pump blood back up the leg. Horses don’t have any muscles in the lower part of their legs (movement here being effected by tendons and ligaments) however the action of the frog coming into contact with the ground and the hoof wall naturally flexing with the impact of each step, forces the blood round the extensive capillary system and back up the leg helping to remove waste products and to deliver the oxygen and vital nutrients…
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