We had a meeting at EasyCare yesterday and the topic was on blogging. We were all discussing topics, grammar, spacing etc. and it was mentioned that we needed to put one space after our periods at the end of our sentences and not two. Several of us looked at each other in amazement – we had never heard of putting just one space after a period. It is just not done. When a lot of us were trained to type (back in the stone age) it was always two spaces.

After the meeting I decided to look it up on-line and what I found was this, when people were trained to type on typewriters, before computers were around, text was printed with a fixed-width typeface. Now, in the modern age of computers the typeface can be adjusted. Two spaces is the traditional way – one space the modern way.

This subject started me thinking about how this debate on one space or two is just like the barefoot or shod debate going on today. Why do some of us think it is absolutely wrong if you only have one space after a period? Because that is the way we have ALWAYS done it! Why do people continue to shoe their horses instead of going barefoot and practicing the natural hoof care method with their horses? Because this is the way they have ALWAYS done it!

Change is hard, I know because I had to struggle to not put two spaces after each sentence in this blog! But I can also tell you that it will get easier with each posting and it will seem totally natural to me in time just the way that pulling your horse’s shoes and putting him in Easyboots will seem very different at first and not the way you are used to doing things.

So, one space or two – your choice but I can tell you that one space is saving me a lot of time and my thumbs are much healthier for it, just like your horse’s hooves will be.

Shari Murray




  1. Sounds like those hooves could use some water and maybe lack some micronutrients. Can you water her legs and hooves everyday? twice a day would be even better. Getting some overthrown water around the driking area to get her to soak on her own is also an option. Dressings only serve to keep the water in, but they don’t let new water be absorbed so they only work if the hoof is soaked beforehand. As for using the rasp, if you’re afraid, why not just bevel and round the entire wall smooth? it prevents chipping and won’t alter anything for the next trim balance wise. As for supplementing, better to check local agriculture database to know waz missing before spending any money unnecessarily.
    Hope I was of help. I dunno if this s a case for permanent booting though. I’ll let the folks at easycare help u with that, they know their stuff well 🙂

  2. I have a thoroughbred gelding who when I first got him I tried to transition him to barefoot. He was so sore and ouchie it wasn’t even funny. He was so lame. With this pain he was very hard to do anything with his feet (not sure it is was the actual pain or a bad experience in the past, he’s from the track) I hate shoes not only cause they are expensive but they are much worse for the horses feet but at the same time I don’t want him to be in pain and not be able to handle his feet. He was kept on relatively flat grassy 4 acres with very minimal rocks. It came down to we had to twitch to shoes because no one could get near his feet 🙁 we tried for I want to say 3 month to adjust him to barefoot before I said enough. He has been in shoes for a while and were able to handle his feet with no problems. His sole is so thin it bruised so bad which caused him lots of pain (he wasn’t even being ridden at the time) like I person above I can not afford the boots either plus they are only meant for riding. Any ideas on what to do? His hoofs are in better condition now then they were a year ago when we got him. Should I try again or just leave him be since he seems to be happy with it and no longer lame.

  3. A problem I have with one of my horses is that her hooves are dry/brittle. Her hooves always get chipped in between trims and she has a slight crack on one of them. My horses stay on 57 acres of some rocky Texas ground. I’ve never gone barefoot on the horses I had before, but I really want to continue to go barefoot. I bought a rasp with the intention of using it in between trims, but I feel so intimidated to use it for fear of doing something wrong. The other mare has totally white hooves which hold up better than my mare with totally black ones! I don’t understand it! I use hoof dressing on her, but so far, it hasn’t made a difference. Also, I’m on a budget and would like to buy Easyboots for both of them, but haven’t been able to afford them yet. I understand the boots are only for riding, but I just don’t know how to be successful going barefoot with these issues. Any suggestions? Thank you!

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