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7 Questions to Ask Before Transitioning Your Horse to Barefoot

More horse owners are choosing to let their horses go barefoot these days. Here are seven questions to ask before you make the switch.

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By: Susan Kauffmann |

More and more horse owners are choosing to maintain their horses without shoes these days. Some are attracted by the fact that it is less expensive, others are comforted knowing they will never lose another shoe, and some feel safer with the increased surefootedness of a barefoot horse. For many, the main reason to “go bare” is they believe there are substantial health benefits, not just for the hooves, but for the entire horse. However, if you are considering making the switch from shod to barefoot, it is important to know the process is often more involved than simply pulling the shoes and riding off on your merry way. While it is certainly possible for the vast majority of horses to make the change to barefoot, the transition is much more likely to be smooth and successful if you know what to expect, what you need to do and how…

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