Five horses, all unshod. Two are TBs with 'typical' TB feet, had to use boots for those but they're fine now.
You do have to address the diet as issues show up barefoot when they're masked by shoes but then we all should be looking at their diets shod or not. The majority of horses can go barefoot, it's usually the owners who can't due to time, competitions etc.
2 Horses, 1 pony all unshod.
Pony never had shoes on, 22yr old horse had her shoes pulled in november with my 5 year old - both originally shod since 4 year olds. Both in work and improving daily unshod and on a low sugar high fibre diet.
I'll never shoe again
one, pony.. unshod, was in shoes till last october. had laminitis, (cushings) best thing i ever did was to take them lumps of steel off... and i use a barefoot trimmer not a farrier....and i still ride him, hes in boots at the mo..
I have 3 horses 1 is retired but has front shoes only as she has navicular and very thin sensitive soles. I have tried her barefoot for a couple of years but it just wasnt working for her and she bacame more and more foot sore so have opted for fronts only. My 2nd one is in work and is barefoot she copes very well and i would never shoe her. My 3rd is my foal, he is only 10 months but i intend never to shoe him when he is a big boy.
1 horse in work, barefoot since november. Still using boots some of the time but the difference in his movement is incredible. He's got really good feet so I'm hoping to be able to do away with the boots by the summer.
I horse, 1 pony, both unshod. Pony has had one acute lami episode. No rotation and vet said that reason we caught it so early was down to her (i) being unshod so it showing up (ii) the fact she was regularly ridden not standing in a field, again it meant we detected it early. She is now sound again and ridden regularly after a slimming programme and a very careful feed and grazing regime.
Older horse 19 yo 17hh IDxTB isnt ridden very much and little roadwork so after 16 years of shoes they came off last year, first the hinds and then the fronts. He didnt seem to notice, he has beautiful strong feet and I wish Id taken them off years ago. I was frightened to as he did so well in shoes, but guess what, thats cos he has good feet and they are still good without shoes!!!
Hi. I have four horses, all unshod. Two are retired, one's just rising 3 and so far has done nothing much other than stand in the field and look pretty, the fourth I regularly hack out, do dressage, show-jump, and XC with!
It's each to their own, of course, but without an incredibly good reason I'd never go back! (Not least because one of my retirees is that way after my former farrier pretty much crippled her. Yes, I'm still cross about it! ).
my last pony was a newforest and always barefoot just used boa boots for when she has a trim to stop any sharp stones, my youngster is currently barefoot but unbroken , shes an irish draught x zangersheider i hope her feet are good and wont need shoes!! again i think its down to the horse,conditions,conformation, work load,work type and diet.
I think it comes down to what works for each horse or pony. I personally prefer bare foot but fully can understand why some if not most need shoes. I don't do much other than showing so not needed with me.