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This is a group for horse owners interested in high peformance barefooted horses, based on the wild horse model (including Jaime Jackson's wild horse studies), and in rehabilitating horses using the methods of Dr. Hiltrud Strasser.

Using barefoot trimming technique and natural lifestyle, Dr. Strasser has been able to heal "hopeless" cases of laminitis and navicular. Her method also helps sound horses because it promotes health, as well as optimum movement and sure-footedness.

We believe that horse-shoeing is detrimental in the long run. Barefootedness can be a superior high-performance option after correctly conditioning and managing the transition to barefootedness, which may involve the temporary use of removable hoof boots. In cases where the horse is not conditioned to the type of terrain he will be ridden on, or the owner does not exercise the horse enough, hoof boots may be needed longer for riding on rough terrain. This option is better than shoeing because boots can be used only when needed, they allow more hoof mechanism, they absorb concussion better and the horse can enjoy the benefits of being barefooted when not working.

This is a moderated list; posts are read and OK'd before they go up, resulting in a time lag from when you post to when your post goes out, but weeding out off-topic posts will save everyone's time.

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  • 4639
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  • Jun 16, 2000
  • English

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