And so it goes — to the point that some debates are hotter than those of last year’s presidential campaign.
The objective of this article is to attempt to quell the continuing debates and opinions and instead encourage horse-care teams to think about what is best for the individual horse.
When you do this, the facts or data will lead you to the best answer for how to best manage individual horses’ hooves.
Horseshoes can harm feet when applied improperly but they also are used regularly to help lame horses become sound and keep sound horses healthy, competitive and productive. If natural models work well for feral horses, can they work well on domestic horses in other environments? Certainly, many horses can work or compete without shoes. But can they perform their best when barefoot? Some can, and some cannot.
When shoeing horses, there are some absolute truths that must guide our thinking: