The first visit we make will be to have a chat about why you want to try barefoot, what your expectations are and what you want to do with your horse.
We will talk about what you currently feed your horse and how he is kept. We can then advise if any changes need to be made in order to make transitioning from shod to barefoot successful.
We may not remove the shoes on this visit, as we have discovered that it is often beneficial to improve the diet for a period (typically 4-6 weeks) before removing the shoes to give the healing process a head start.
If the feet are compromised and the horse unsound however, we may decide to remove the shoes straight away.
It is best if the shoes are removed towards the end of the shoeing cycle (i.e 6 weeks) as this ensures sufficient sole / frog growth if the farrier has pared any away. We also prefer to remove shoes ourselves for the same reason.
We may want to see the horse again four weeks after shoe removal to check that all is o.k. If all is well we will ususally move to a six week cycle. Or one that best suits your horse.
We may take photographs of your horses feet before and after shoe removal as a reference point, and periodically after this until fully transitioned.
It is fascinating to see just how much feet change in this period and photos can provide an invaluable record - particularly helpful when veterinary surgeons or other professionals are also involved.
We will always ask you to walk or trot your horse up before and after we trim to check soundness / comfort levels.
We will, of course, answer any questions that you may have.