Tired, tired horses

Today’s post will be a quick entry as the sun is up and everyone is anxious to be fed.  🙂  (I love early mornings!!!)

Yesterday was day 2 barefoot.  They are all moving beautifully and working very hard but tired…oh my goodness they are tired!!  I think the change of balance in their feet has made them increase their concentration levels each stride and they are now very, very tired!  Their bodies in each movement look great but their energy levels are quite low.  Poor babies…you’ll feel better as you adapt to the change!!

Changing the balance in an FEI horse, no matter how small, requires an adaptation period and pulling their shoes is a very big change.  They have to balance differently in their paddocks, in their stalls and in the work.  Not that easy for such creatures of habit and routine.

Lande, Fred and William...shoes, shoes, shoes

A lot of weight off the bottom of each foot.

Bottom line, they are moving super and happy in work, and in the long run I belive that there will be no detriment to our journey in producing high performance dressage horses.  In fact, no detriment, we are closer to our goals going barefoot.

I think today will be a stretchy walk day.

Off to turn my tired horses out to their paddocks….

V

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  1. Happy to hear you are trying the barefoot! I live at a barn where my horse, my friends wild Nokota and my buddies 5 horses live and they were all barefoot or converted to being barefoot depending on where she got them from and every single horse has done better barefoot then horses that are shod..or have done better since they have been shod. I totally believe in barefoot! The shape has improved, the balance has improved and even thought it’s take my horse almost 3 years to realize gravel doesn’t hurt him anymore (he was never shoed but had a terrible trim before I owned him that left the sensitive frog too long) They have great feet and great legs because of it!

    • Barefoot is an interesting journey…we are at the start of it and taking each day as it comes!!!

      • Well like you said, It takes time for adjustment but the benefits after the adjustment period will be very apparent.
        Even if you have a period of abscess blow outs which is painful and can leave a horse lame for a few days..and honestly causes a lot of owners to re shoe, it’s actually just the hoof allowing the flex and blood flow to the feet which is natural to them. If you can get thou that period, you will see the benefits and create a healthier horse. I’m not sure where you are but the U or M (Minnesota) did a heat graph that shows the blood flow between a shoed horse which is almost non existent vs an unshod horse which is extraordinary in comparison. The study is online if you wish to look it up but it really changed my mind and made me feel better when the previously shod horses were going thru the changes. Our trimmer was also there promising us that this was normal and after it all, I really believe I see major improvement. Hope that helps!

      • Thanks for the info!
        We train on rubber/sand footing in the arena and the paddocks they are turned out into are sand (and with the past rainfall, soft and forgiving!). Fingers crossed they will adapt easily and we will not lose any training days…

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