🤔 Going barefoot is all about allowing the horse to grow the feet that nature intended them to have.

When this topic is raised, it is always a hot and controversial one. We are often told that not all horses can go barefoot, that all horses are different and should be treated as individuals…but with shod horses is that really the case? Isn’t that topsy turvy thinking?

Hmmmm….

The horse’s foot for far too long has been subjected to human interference, in the guise of helping or keeping the horse ‘sound’ for the owner to ride. When the shoes come off, many shod horses are footsore, limping across the ground, clearly uncomfortable….and so more often than not the shoes go back on and the damage continues.

Damage? Really?

Very few owners understand that the root cause of the painful feet is the continual shoeing and the incorrect diet. They genuinely think the shoes are helping their horse stay sound and that going barefoot is either cruel, not for their horse or would cause further damage!

Now that is topsy turvy thinking! How can something that is so natural – a bare foot – be seen as something which is unnatural?

Shoes have been known and referred to for many years, hundreds in fact, as a ‘necessary evil’, nailed onto the horse’s foot supposedly to give ‘support’ and ‘protection’…but at a great cost to the health of the foot (and body).

Shoes do not treat horses as individuals and they don’t allow horses to be ‘different’…if you want your horse to be an individual let it decide what shape feet it needs, not what the human thinks it needs.

If you carry on doing unnatural things…then you have to expect unnatural things to happen….and in this magazine we hear countless stories from owners finally making the decision to treat their horses as true individuals, take their shoes off and watch nature weave it’s magic!

See lots and lots of recovery stories of horses going from shoes to barefoot in The Barefoot Horse Magazine.

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If every horse is different then let them prove it!

Hmmmmm!

Lindsay, Editor

👉 Sunny, my little pony was diagnosed with acute laminitis nearly 18 years ago now.

Below is the ‘treatment’ Sunny was given 18 years ago….& this advice & treatment is still being given TODAY.

– 24/7 box rest – indefinitely
– deep bedding in case P3 (pedal/coffin bones) came through his feet
– Bute
– heavy heart bar shoes (previously never had shoes) indefinitely 
– x-rays monthly
– no improvement PTS

No advice given about DIET.

Over that 18 years I have educated myself through research, hands on practical experience….reading, reading, reading…travelling to different countries to learn more, meeting & training with mentors….& then teaching others, holding workshops, seminars & lectures.

Over that 18 years what changes were made to the vet school studies/text books/teaching of barefoot/diet/laminitis? Barely any!

What vets do for laminitis today:

– more & more invasive treatments such as resections (removing hoof walls)
– remedial shoeing with all kinds of different types of shoes/wedges/rockers
– confinement/no movement/deep bedding
– blood tests for Cushings
– drugs given such as prascend & bute
– no improvement PTS

STILL NO CONCRETE ADVICE ON DIET

I was a Science teacher but my character is one where I dig & dig & learn & learn. Lucky for Sunny because he’s happy, healthy, sound & with great feet today!

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If you want to find out more about this amazing magazine which I started to help people just like me, then click below.

The Barefoot Horse Magazine website >> https://www.barefoothorsemag.com

On our mag FB page is a video of me telling you about Sunny’s Story, go check it out & please like our page.

Barefoot isn’t just about taking the shoes off, it’s about learning how to keep horses safe, sound & healthy in this very challenging domestic environment.

Sunny says Hi! 🐴 ❤️

Lindsay, Editor

🤔Why are people dressing horses up as Zebras?

It’s one of those questions you get asked by your science teacher at school…

“Why do Zebras have stripes?”

Well aren’t we all conditioned to say “Camouflage!”?

But camouflage from WHAT exactly??

Hmmmm 🤔 now scientists have found that those famous Zebra stripes might actually be ‘dazzling’ blood sucking horse flies as they come into land!

Now in the name of science…how does one find that out? Well dressing horses up as Zebras of course 🤦‍♀️

When uniformly coloured horses were dressed in ‘Zebra coats’ the flies made fewer landings on the striped areas but were not kept away from the head. The flies would often come in too fast and make a crash landing and then abort quickly!

Dr Martin How from the University of Bristol said “Stripes may dazzle the flies in some way once they are close enough to see them with their low-resolution eyes.”

Perhaps similar to when human pilots get dazzled by sunlight when attempting to land in the sun?

The scientists performed their study on a UK farm that keeps both domestic horses and Zebras (we want a Zorse!!) and suggested that the stripes reduce the chances of the Zebra being bitten by pesky flies!

Oh no….up go the sales of striped fly rugs this summer 😱😂

Have a fun ‘stripey’ day!

The BHM Team ❤️

p.s. we’re not encouraging you to go out and either paint your horse or buy stripey fly coats 🙃 natural coats are best 😉

🤔 Are you in control of your horse’s diet and management…or is someone else?

A recent conversation I had with a reader this week over private message regarding her barefoot horse becoming footsore, revealed a very concerning trend in the horse world today.

Livery yards/horse facilities controlling the diet and management of horses not even owned by them.

This is shocking…

This lady had recently moved to a yard and was starting to have problems with her barefoot horse being footsore, struggling to walk from the field to the yard and was asking for some advice. On further digging, when questioned about what she feeds her horse, she reeled off a list of feeds that were a big red flag, including sweet little extras such as polos.

On explaining that the feed was most definitely the issue, her reply saddened me deeply.

“The yard feeds all the horses morning and night and THEY decide what my horse should eat.”

They feed ALL the horses on the yard the same, and all the horses have to stick to a very strict management regime, which includes many many hours in a stable.

When I was trimming in the UK, many of my clients were at such institutions and ended up leaving them to find more liberal accommodation. Their horses improved and they took back control of their horse’s lives.

This lady was stuck…there were no yards closer that she could get into, her horse was getting worse….and then what happens? What things start being said?

“Your horse can’t cope barefoot you better shoe it!”

“It’s cruel keeping your horse barefoot, look how footsore it is!”

“Barefoot doesn’t work for every horse!”

Etc etc etc.

This has to STOP! Yards and facilities have no right to insist on the feeding regime of any horse that they do not own. If they have a strict management regime which is not conducive to the horse’s health please don’t go there!

How are owners going to get on top of epidemics such as laminitis, colic, navicular, skin problems, poor hoof health, cribbing, weaving, obesity, behavioural problems….and so much more, when this type of control reeks havoc in the horse world?

No-one has the right to tell you how to feed and manage your horse to the point where it starts to have a negative impact on their health and mental well-being.

This is EXACTLY why shoeing horses is deemed a necessary act. Diet and management is paramount in keeping horses successfully barefoot and we discuss it a lot in this magazine and on this page.

Horses all over the world are being shod because their owners believe their horse’s feet are weak, flat footed, had the foot bred off them, need support, need remedial shoes, need special supplements….the misconceptions are numerous.

All because the diet is inappropriate.

Who is to blame?

The HUGELY profitable feed companies producing feeds totally inappropriate for the horse, who encourage owners to feed their horse their feeds through clever marketing and scare tactics.

Then…on top of this…yards and facilities taking over the needs of your horse…and you keep on paying them to do so!

In some cases yards/facilities even tell you what hoofcare provider and vet to use!!

If this is your situation and you want to go barefoot or your horse just isn’t doing that well barefoot, then have a VERY BIG rethink.

YOU own your horse. YOU should have the final say on what your horse is fed and how it is managed.

You are the one who has to pay the bill when your horse’s health begins to deteriorate!

Stop & think.

This magazine is dedicated to helping owners understand diet, management and barefoot. If you want to read articles dedicated to barefoot horses and keeping them healthy by owners who took back control of their horse’s lives, then go here 👉bit.ly/ANNUALsub

Have a thoughtful Sunday…stay in control!

Lindsay, Editor, BHM

🤔 Are you feeding your horse by keeping it natural or are you spending £££’s on commercial bagged feeds?

Feeding horses the ‘right’ diet is a hotter topic now than it’s ever been. Mainly due to the ENORMOUS profit the big commercial feed companies are making on unsuspecting horse owners. Pushing their feeds as nutritionally suitable for different horses at different stages of their lives.

But are these commercial feeds necessary? What were horses fed when these feed companies weren’t around? And WHY is their a bigger epidemic of obesity, laminitis, colic, ulcers etc than there’s ever been?

Horses had fewer problems on such grand scales when commercial feeds didn’t exist. Horses were slimmer, fitter and healthier. Ask anyone who was around horses before bagged processed feeds arrived and they’ll tell you they don’t remember a quarter of the problems you hear plaguing horses today.

But feeding horses has changed…and many many owners are confused and stabbing in the dark. Often changing feeds frequently and of course spending a great deal of money doing so….and when there’s a problem with their horses’ feet or body, rarely do they think about what they are feeding as being the ultimate culprit!

We’ve put together a simple blue print of what the default horses’ diet should be in order to keep them, safe, sound, a good weight and in good health. If you want a rock crunching barefoot horse, then read on.

The diet is actually very simple, although many find it harder to implement, and it just takes some trial and error in terms of the logistics of how you manage it.

Keeping it simple and consistent is the key.

So here is the default absolute that you must be doing to start with:

1. 24/7 365 mixed species hay – yes we do mean all day everyday! Mixed species meadow hay is the optimum – dotted around the field, not just in one place, this encourages the horses to move more, giving them the choice to eat alone or together if they feel like it – always assuming you have horses living together…which is an absolute must for a herd species, even 2 is better than 1. Put the hay in little piles, in tyres or buckets or on the ground, you will find the optimum amount to put out and this will happen over a period of a few days to weeks, until you work out how much they are getting through, the key is that they have a little left by the time you are ready to feed again…but be careful, if it is hay that they have peed on or stuff they just don’t like, it might give you the impression there is a lot left but they aren’t eating it…so stay tuned in and all should be well.

Make absolutely sure that there is very little to no rye in your hay….this is crucial…this can make the difference between a footsore barefoot horse and a rock crunching one over time. Google what rye grass looks like if you’re not sure, and if there is too much in there, discuss with your hay man or talk to another supplier. It is worth getting savvy about the hay and then your suppliers can’t pull the wool !!

Don’t over feed alfalfa and don’t use it as your main forage. Don’t just use single species hay constantly, Timothy is a good option but shouldn’t be used on its own long term as horses get the main bulk of their important nutrients from their forage, so it needs to be mixed.

2. Fresh water in one place

3. Salt/mineral block – a Magnesium Oxide base with various minerals is great – they are usually white, big square blocks are the cheapest. Not ones in tubs and absolutely no molasses…which you can usually tell because it’s brown!

4. Bucket feed ONLY if you have an underweight, ‘in need’ senior horse or competition horse who spends MANY hours a day training/competing. If your horse is a good weight or overweight…don’t feed extra!

5. Very little grass…this is the biggest issue for most…which is why so many owners end up creating tracks to limit the grass without any owner stress of stripgrazing etc. If your paddock is fairly bare, that’s great but be careful because your horses are keeping it bare which means they are eating the grass! A good rule of thumb is if you see them on the hay 95% of the time then they aren’t getting too much grass.

If you can’t do the above as your base level feeding regime, then there is a risk to hoof/body health….and of course is the reason shoes are still so prevalent.

Remember – you aren’t feeding your horse…you are feeding the bacteria in their guts. They are the ones that break down the grass/hay and if you give them too much sugar by constant daily grass grazing instead of hay then that is when troubles begin.

Ulcers are the next biggest epidemic hitting our equines right NOW, and one of the most serious, as they largely go unnoticed – this is a worldwide problem. Feed as above and you will mitigate gut stress for the rest of your horses life!

A natural as possible diet is the KEY!

Happy Guts – Happy Horses

The BHM Team ❤️

🤔 Here is an interesting topic – MUD!

If you own horses, then mud is inevitable in the winter time. But how much mud is ok? Is mud going to harm our horses?

I personally keep all manner of breeds of horses and not one of them ever gets mud fever or any leg/foot problem, no laminitis, no navicular…why? The answer, isn’t just the particular paddock they are in or the particular mud they are exposed to. My herd have moved into 5 different environments over the last 4 years and they have never suffered once from mud fever, even though they are exposed to a fair amount of mud in the winter.

Have I got special horses…or special mud? Nope. So why are my horses not suffering from problems when exposed to mud?

Well, there are various reasons, not just one.

I don’t wash their legs…ever. I let any mud dry and then it can be brushed off if needed, but never ever do I wash their legs…for anything. Their legs and feet get wet from the mud or the water around their trough, but I don’t soak them or hose them at all.

I feed them 24/7 365 mixed meadow hay, no rye, no single species hay. They have this hay in two big bale feeders AND dotted around their paddock in big sturdy buckets. This means they can eat together or they can eat apart, there are enough ‘stations’ for them to eat totally alone if they choose to, or they can be more communal, the choice is theirs.

They aren’t rugged, they have their own natural rug, they have shelter if they need it, but rarely use it in the winter, preferring to use it in the summer to escape the flies. If I had a sick or very old ailing horse, I would rug if I needed to, but all my horses are fit and healthy, the young and the old.

They are barefoot, have fantastic circulation, functioning healthy frogs & are never footsore.

I never stable them, I am lucky to have my own land, but if I had to keep them in a stable for some of the day or night in the winter, I would still do all of the above if I could.

They have a magnesium based salt lick, with trace minerals – no molasses – which is available 24/7 365.

And that is it! No problems. Barely ever see a vet, unless there is an unforeseen trauma. In fact the last time I saw a vet for my horses was 16 months ago when he came to sign the papers to say they were all fit to travel abroad.

I don’t want my horses to stand around in mud all day…but that’s the thing…my horses rarely ever ‘stand around’ unless they are having a snooze….they are on the move all the time. I always have areas that they can get out of the mud but do they always choose to go to these areas…no.

Mud doesn’t kill or harm horses, but what you put in their diet can. If you are desperate to keep your horse off the mud and by doing so you expose your horse to more and more overgrazed grass, then you are trading their health for a perceived kindness to take them out of mud.

I’m not advocating mud up to their hocks, of course not, but I’m trying to get across that mud isn’t the enemy…but grass can be, so be careful.

Mud in the winter with horses is just a fact of life for so many. If you can provide areas that are mud free then all the better. If you are at livery and your horse has to go inside for some of the day, then try and keep the hay going 24/7 if you can, and be careful what hay you feed.

I used to be a paranoid horse owner who freaked at the sight of my horses in mud…now I can relax, because not one of my horses ever suffers.

Just follow the simple steps above as closely as you can, and your horse should be fine…but if you have mud, don’t freak out about it and don’t let others make you feel bad.

After all, mud can actually be very beneficial!

Enjoy the weekend barefooters 🙂

Lindsay, Editor BHM

🧐 If you think a horse needs shoes….why not use hoof boots instead?

1000’s & 1000’s of horse owners are now binning their horse’s shoes preferring to go down the route of hoof boots….but why do so many still insist that if a horse needs ‘protection’ it must have shoes nailed on permanently instead?

We can’t think of one logical reason why you might use shoes instead of boots. Here is a run down of why owners say they need to shoe their horses and why boots would be a better option.

– shoes ‘help’ a footsore horse walk over the ground….so do boots

– shoes give a horse grip….so do boots

– shoes can ‘help’ remedially….so can boots

If you think or have been told your horse needs shoes because of the above, then below are the reasons why you need boots….

– shoes will ALWAYS change the shape of a horse’s hoof overtime, sometimes irreversibly….boots can NEVER do that

– shoes are nailed on permanently, the nails being driven into a hoof capsule which should remain sterile and intact….boots NEVER do that

– shoes being metal act as conductors of both HEAT (friction) and COLD (ground)…..boots being a rubber or plastic composite NEVER do that

– shoes do restrict blood flow to the vital parts of the foot AND leg….boots NEVER do that

– shoes being hard, inflexible metal, increase concussive forces throughout the foot, leg and body….boots being flexible REDUCE concussion compared to shoes

– shoes and nails cause the natural passive areas of a horse’s foot to be active….boots NEVER do that

– shoes CANNOT be removed after riding….boots can ALWAYS be removed

🤔 Hmmmm….we could go on!

Here’s a negative that people may say why they prefer shoes to boots…

– Boots rub….no they don’t if they fit correctly!

– Boots can come off….no they don’t if they fit correctly (of course shoes can come off too and when they do they can damage the hoof…boots won’t!)

AND one really really BIG BONUS….boots last longer and are way way cheaper over time, lasting many months to years….they don’t wear down thin in 6 weeks AND you can just keep re-using them over and over and over….

So why would anyone decide to shoe instead of using boots?

😉 Interesting!

Read the latest hoof boot news, reviews, tips, tricks and win a brand new pair of hoof boots in EVERY issue of The Barefoot Horse Magazine.

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Have a great barefoot or booted day out there folks

The BHM Team ❤️

👋Hi there, I’m the Editor of The Barefoot Horse Magazine!

I want to tell you my story as to why I started the number 1 barefoot horse mag on the planet – The Barefoot Horse Magazine….

A few moons ago I was spending my life visiting my lovely clients with their barefoot horses. We would chat whilst I trimmed, and one of the things I began to realise was that they were so happy I was there…not just to trim their horse but for someone they could chat to who was also a barefoot nut like them. 

They were often bereft of someone to talk to, or resonate with, or gush to about the trials and tribulations of their barefoot adventure…and this made many of them isolated and feeling alone.

Not a good feeling right?

It got me thinking during the many hours I spent in my Hoofing van in between visits…what if I could start to bring together all my clients so they could connect with each other? 

I began to jot down stories and I would send out a newsletter every month to all my clients, telling them about other owners just like them. My clients loved it and they started to feel more connected, stronger and more positive about owning their barefoot horse.

Then one mad client said “Hey Lindsay, you know what we need….we need a magazine all about barefoot horses…I’ve given up reading all those horsey mags that are out there because there’s really nothing in there for me and my barefoot horse!”

NO WAY was my knee jerk reaction!

Me running a magazine? What do I know about magazines? Besides I am WAY too busy looking after all you guys and trimming your horses to go starting up a mag….🤔

….but alas, I couldn’t get the thought out of my head….and so it began.

That was over 20 issues ago, and we’ve grown and grown. If you’ve not heard about us…where have you been? Ha Ha!

We started as a purely digital online edition but so many wanted to read it in print and have it in their hands, that we started publishing the printed mags from Issue 6.

These printed mags are GLORIOUS! I am quite proud 🤗

They became so popular that the printed editions are now shipped all over the world – to every corner of the planet!

I remember how excited we were when the very first printed mags arrived at my house. My kids ripped open the box (yes just ONE box back then!) and the first thing my Mum said was “Oh, it’s actually like a real magazine!” Sigh!

For those of you who know me, it was never going to be some flimsy pamphlet, nope this mag had to be awesome from the start or not printed at all!

Our print runs have got bigger and bigger and our hoof print on the equine world, which was once Shetland sized, is now heading towards full grown Cob….maybe we’ll reach a Clydesdale one of these days!! 🤣

A HUGE THANKS to all of you who keep on supporting us and a message to all of you who are only just hearing about us right now….

…this mag is FOR YOU & YOUR HORSE! It’s a mag you can call your own…because nobody understands about being a barefoot horse owner better than all of us. ❤️

AND I wanted to make sure as we got bigger and bigger we still kept that personal touch – so I’m always on hand working with the team to answer your questions, and we’re always listening to your feedback!

So what are you waiting for? 🙌

If you’d love to subscribe, check out this little vid I put together for newbies to the mag – it tells you about the different subscriptions you can take out and how much it costs!

Price is important don’t you think? We make sure this mag isn’t expensive and we keep the shipping costs really low!

Just wait till you see this mag on your coffee table (or more like in the tack room, barn, yard!) – perhaps you might even like to waft it in front of your non barefoot horsey friend or vet sometime?

You and your horse won’t ever regret it!

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This is the one and only – The Barefoot Horse Magazine!

Enjoy!

Lindsay, The Editor ❤️ See less

🤔 What would you sacrifice for GRIP?

An argument put forward for shoeing vs barefoot is that shoes give horses better grip.

Well all seasoned barefooters know that a healthy bare hoof has pretty good grip too and there is absolutely no evidence to suggest that bare hooves slip more than shod ones…in fact listen to many who regularly compete barefoot and they will tell you their horse rarely slips compared to the shod ones!

But I want to take the issue of grip much further than this.

Metal on a horse’s foot is not grippy – not at all – in fact as the wear on the shoe progresses it just becomes more and more slippy.

It’s not rocket science is it really…humans don’t wear metal shoes for that very reason!

So to counteract the ‘slip’ effect owners will have road nails or studs put in their horses’ shoes or farriers will leave the nail heads proud of the shoe surface, so that when the horse puts his foot down the nails/studs hit the ground FIRST and are supposed to give grip.

Now there is a really HUGE PROBLEM with this that gets completely overlooked time and time again – in fact never discussed it seems – or perhaps even known about.

A horse’s hoof is meant to function in a very specific way, and it’s shape is universally designed to help the hoof function to it’s optimum. When all horses are left to create bare healthy hooves they will ALL have a few things in common.

One is that the quarters (the side walls) are always passive in relation to the toe and the heels. In other words, the toe and heels are always active with the ground FIRST, and the quarters, depending on the surface, are less active.

So just think for a moment what happens when you place a flat (with no arch of course) shoe around the whole periphery of the wall of the hoof. ALL the hoof wall, toe, quarters and heels become active TOGETHER.

Then, what do you think happens when you put proud nails/studs in the QUARTER area of the shoe?

Yep you turn the active/passive areas of the hoof on their head – the quarters are now active and the toe and heels hit the ground AFTER the quarters!

…even worse…many owners have only ONE stud on ONE SIDE of the shoe and then you get a rocking effect from one side to the other as the foot is placed onto the ground, specifically on hard surfaces eg roads!

Believe me when I tell you those proud nails/studs only need to be mm more proud and they WILL hit the ground first.

🤔 Hmmmm!

This is truly a disaster to the form and function of the hoof and it is totally ignored.

Why?

Because owners want GRIP and they don’t think further than that.

So what things can happen when this sort of disruption to the basic function of the hoof occurs, for years and years in many cases.

– Stressed hoof walls particularly at the quarters
– Quarter cracks 
– Tissue changes within the hoof capsule and coronary band
– Lateral cartilage changes which can lead to mild to severe sidebone

Not to mention the stress on the limbs, knees, hocks, joints, tendons.

I have seen the above happen over and over and spoken to owners who were appalled when they realised that the desire for grip was causing their horse serious problems.

Now the above can also happen if a horse is barefoot and the hoof capsule is not healthy or allowed to grow in the way that the bare hoof was designed to function…but it’s RARE in comparison to the many many MANY times I have seen it on shod feet.

Would you wear footwear with protrusions that caused your foot arch (the passive area) to hit the ground first?

Of course you wouldn’t!

If you mess with a perfect design, it will begin to fail…if you do unnatural things, expect unnatural things to happen.

In The Barefoot Horse Magazine we help to give owners the courage they need to take the shoes off their horse to allow their hooves to recover and start to function as nature intended.

We are currently working on Issue 22 which will be out on May 1st and if you don’t want to miss that issue or any other valuable barefoot issue then your best bet is to take out a subscription so you will always get your copy when it’s released.

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The images below are examples of what happens to P3 when you don’t allow the hoof to function as nature intended. Look at the x-ray…look carefully and you’ll see proud nail heads! Doubt this was even noticed by the vet.

Another one of the pics is how a previously shod cadaver hoof looks when it is trimmed to its natural shape compared to the shoe that it was previously attached to. Look at that arch!

Shocking! Overlooked…ignored…head in the sand…don’t let this be your horse!

Read and take your knowledge of everything barefoot to the next level.

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Have a grippy barefoot day folks!

Lindsay, Editor, BHM

🤔Lameness in the equine world is getting worse not better. Why?

Once upon a time…really not that long ago, horses worked hard on the land and were the main form of transport, went into war and fought battles…in fact humans heavily relied on them to survive. Horses went lame of course they did, but these animals were a precious commodity and their owners needed to keep them as sound as possible. Many couldn’t just ‘swap’ them for another, if the one they had became unable to work through lameness.

Most working horses were shod, farriers were worth their weight in gold. BUT farriers and owners knew that giving a horse a rest from shoes at some point during their working year would help those horses have a longer working life.

Today most owners don’t rely on their horses to work and earn them money. Today most horses are ‘used’ for pleasure and their ‘work load’ is no comparison to those horses years ago…but today horses are getting lamer and sicker…why?

Well today horses are kept, managed and fed differently. The domestic horse is facing its biggest threat yet…ignorance.

Here are some of the common modern practices today:

– shoeing back to back (more and more on all four), with no rest, for the horse’s entire life, even into retirement 
– remedial shoeing is on a steep rise, in a desperate fruitless attempt to stem the flow of equine lameness…even to the point of it now being used as a ‘preventative’
– equine feed companies’ bank accounts are getting fatter and fatter, and so are the horses they purport to ‘healthily feed’ 
– the livery yard or horse barn, is on the rise, profitable businesses for farmers taking the opportunity to diversify into a market they see great opportunity in
– horses are spending longer and longer in stables, isolated in paddocks, away from other members of their species, in many cases not even allowed to go in touching distance of another horse
– owners are ‘learning’ how to keep their horses from their peers at their facility, they’ve stopped reading books, they are ‘swayed’ by feed companies, and are generally completely lost if anything goes wrong with their horse…then their bank balances get slimmer and slimmer

In response to this increase in equine lameness and sickness, the number of equine vets is also rising, it’s a very profitable business to get into nowadays. Never before have we had or indeed needed so many equine ‘professionals’ to help our horses get better/last longer. The numbers of farriers aren’t rising fast enough and those that are already ‘in the business’ see lameness and sickness as part of their everyday job. Many of the old timers have gone and with them their knowledge. What is left is a different ethic, one geared around money rather than health.

I know because I too saw it on a daily basis. The rise and rise of the ‘barefoot trimmer’ is not because barefoot is the latest fad…it’s because these trimmers are answering a growing demand.

This epidemic of lameness and sickness can’t go on. Some are waking up, reading books, finding ‘alternative’ groups to join on media, following their instincts, not listening to their peers at their traditional facility, moving away from the mainstream and finding a better healthier way of looking after their horses…and it works.

Most barefoot trimmers train to put themselves out there, facing daily criticism and ridicule, because they too were looking for an answer to help their horse….and when they found it they felt compelled to help other owners and horses find it too. That is progress.

You hear the phrases ‘barefoot trimmers aren’t trained, aren’t qualified, lame horses etc’ all over the internet and throughout the traditional equine world…and yet they are still on the rise and their books are bursting.

If a barefoot trimmer goes about laming horses, they don’t last long. This is tough work and many can’t cut it. But those that do know what they are doing, and to be honest, despite what you hear, that’s the majority of ones out there who have a big clientele, are encouraging more and more to follow them.

When things get really really bad, you can do one of two things…let that bad thing continue, use the same techniques (albeit in different guises)…or change it, find a better alternative.

Now more than ever before the equine world is seeing a huge wave of owners voting with their horses bare feet and saying STOP! Stop lameness. Stop sickness. Stop ignorance.

Barefoot is NOT just for some horses, it’s for every single horse out there…but many of the owners of those horses are not ready to take the time it takes to find out how going barefoot can help their horse, they’re still stuck hard in their traditional ways, being taught and ‘helped’ by those with a very big vested interest in lameness.

If you want your horse to stay healthier, last longer….if you want your bank balance to stop getting slimmer when your horses are getting fatter and/or sicker…then read this magazine.

This magazine is one of the pioneers in changing the way people keep their horses, alongside other growing businesses such as hoof boot companies like Cavallo, Scoots, Equine Fusion and more.

These businesses and this magazine are answering a growing demand. They are helping horses with lameness and sickness, because when change is needed, some stick their heads above the parapet and start making that change and then more follow…that’s human nature.

Barefoot is real, it’s lasting and it’s helping horses all over the world. 10 years ago many owners had never even heard of ‘barefoot’ now if you own a horse, you know! If you want to help your horse then here’s the first step…get this mag into your life and you’ll never ever turn back.

Find out how other owners have taken the leap, in many cases gone against all modern advice, and found a way to keep their precious horses sounder and healthier.

In our latest issue release that came out on Feb 1st, read about horse owners with horses who were lame and sick and find out how they said STOP, no more, and finally started a journey to help their horses.

There is no other magazine like this one on the planet accessible in both digital and print, shipped worldwide to every country and ever corner of the equine world.

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Our printed back issue 50% off sale has now just ended but you can still get these back issues at a reduced price. If you’re not sure try one or two, read them online or have them shipped to your door, you’ll find information in every one that will make you think….plus the quality is stunning! Our readers LOVE this magazine…just check out the reviews on our Facebook page.

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Don’t stand by and watch your horse get worse. If what you are doing, or being told to do, isn’t working, then say STOP. Get this mag into your life and join the huge barefoot army of people who are making the biggest change the equine world has ever seen. This is re-writing history!

Lindsay, Editor