Two and a half years ago, I got (for a buck) a three year old Thoroughbred (Kona) off the track where I volunteered.
And being a terrified new mother with the sole responsibility for this beautiful horse, I began searching for the best way to take care of him. I ventured into the unorthodox and never minded those around me who continued to do things "the way it's always been done 'cause it works." If it didn't feel right, if it didn't make sense and if it looked like it was causing Kona discomfort - I refused to do it and searched for alternatives. Shortly after taking him bitless (which I continue to this day), I pulled off his iron shoes. Iron shoes: just those two words alone don't make sense and have me envisioning Lady Gaga doing the 100 yard dash.
Long story short, everybody comments on how healthy Kona's hooves look in their bare state. I remember hearing so many times that Thoroughbreds have "notoriously thin hoof walls" and after working at the race track, I understand why - If you have a horse in shoes one hundred percent of the time from a one year old on, of course the walls don't have a chance to grow thick and strong, as they suffer shoe-impaired circulation and insane peripheral load. I've been so grateful that I've had the Easyboot Gloves to ease Kona into growing healthy, thick-walled hooves. Kona has been barefoot for over two years now and James says Kona's feet are "almost" at the point where he likes to see them.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Shawna.
When you call EasyCare, I’m one of the folks that will answer. I’m also one of the cowgirls in the group. (Heck no, I don’t show, I Rodeo!) When it comes to life’s adventures – never pull back on the reins, and remember: the world is best-viewed through the ears of a horse!