There are common issues no matter what the breed:
- Inappropriate diet
- Not enough movement
- Stress (usually not noticed)
- Inadequate/unhelpful hoof care
So in terms of hoof health, a lot of TB's start on the bottom or near bottom rung - which of course makes their barefoot transition that bit more challenging. Doesn't mean it can't be done, does mean it takes more commitment, knowledge, patience and time to do it.
We do have some shining examples in the UK - Simon Earle manages all his racehorses barefoot and the Apsley End Polo Team are bare too.
But probably the best examples are the ones we never get to hear about - the private individuals who quietly just get on with it for the sake of their horse. And here is just one - the transition process has just started (about Jan 2011) after many false dawns and multiple set backs. (Otherwise known as grass.... and an abscess.) This horse has a way to go, but as the video shows, he is sound on concrete! (bare not booted).
And big hugs and much appreciation to the owner of this lad and the supporting crew for allowing these photos and video to be published. I know their journey has been a long and hard one and all credit to them for sticking with it despite all the negative 'ear mites' they have had to suffer.
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|Fore March 2011|
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