Bare Hinds

The fronts too, but really just blabbering about the hinds this time.

First off, to set things straight; Not a bare foot fanatic and see no religion in keeping the horses that I ride without shoes.  This is not a sect, it’s a non denominational choice to go barefoot for now, and readers are invited  regardless of which hoof God they believe in.

OK, great!

But I do see the huge benefits in keeping them bare.

So, calling all barefoot enthusiasts – here’s a follow-up on the hind hoof!

I’m not the trimmer.  It looks like it’s going in the right direction.  Ahhh, come on, it better be going in the right direction.

Hind March

I overdid it with the hoof hardener and managed to get the sole to dry out and crack a bit.  It will disappear soon.  Should only get better from here.

Honestly, how much can you possibly shake while holding up an unwieldy hind leg and triggering the Android at the same time?

hind hoof

Feel free to chime in.


Other than standing picture perfect for the farrier, Valiosa got to experience braiding for the first time, just as practice.  Not as picture perfect.  Look how thrilled she is.

In ugly braids

Have a lovely weekend!

23 thoughts on “Bare Hinds

    1. 🙂 Some DO believe in them. Me, I haven’t yet been called. Nice to hear it’s looking good. I spend a bit too much time staring at that sulcuous pocket sometimes…

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  1. Oh I don’t think that sulculous pocket is so bad! I’m a fan of barefoot for horses that can do it — and it sounds like Miss Valiosa is doing just fine so far. Any and all of my expertise comes from the Rockley Rehab blog, but it really does look good — nice frog, nice bars, good looking shape. Keep us updated!

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    1. She’s genetically set to be able to make it, after her first trim they were half way perfect already, which is encouraging. We’ll just have to see how they handle the abrasion of the arena sand, as well as tolerating the dry summers and then mushy conditions during winter pasture. Keeping fingers crossed! And good to hear the sulcus pocket is not too bad!


  2. Looks wonderful!!!! I am so, so SO happy to see an untouched soul! Absolutely lovely!

    Have you heard of No Thrush? Speaking of God, it must be godsent ;). I would put some on the the frog and rub it in and see if it helps. Estella isn’t really prone to thrush, but if her center sulcus gets a little deep like that in the photo, I throw some on there for a day or two and am always incredibly shocked by how much it helps! Worth a try!

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    1. Yes, really like the No Thrush! I didn’t have any, and as I want to approach treating her hooves as natural as possible, I’ve been reluctant to poor on the Thrush Off on the frog and risk killing off other stuff.
      Fumbled around with various vinegar/tea tree oil mumbo jumbos since it was cheap and in the cup board. Will pick up some No Thrush – I know it will help out, risk free. Thank you for the reminder!!!


  3. Barefoot! I keep all my guys barefoot because it’s cheaper. Healthy and good for them, sure, but I’m money motivated and if I can save 40$ by trimming myself… I will! Apache has only had fronts on when we were really big into competition and did lots of rides into the city on pavement. TJ is getting done by a professional farrier soon, because his old owner let them over grow ridiculously and I don’t trust my skill level to tackle that big of a job. :/


    1. I’m sure with some help over the course of a few trimmings he will be just fine. He is so young and I am hopeful that TJ just have really long and asymmetrical hooves, nothing serious.
      I felt the same way with valiosa, but she looked just about perfect by her second trim 🙂


  4. I’m no farrier (hey, I don’t even play one on T.V.), but that foot looks pretty perfect to me! I think you will definitely be able to keep her barefoot behind, and I wouldn’t be surprised, with nice feet like that, if you can’t get the shoes off the front, too, eventually. I have one horse who has been always barefoot (the haflinger), never a problem, and the other came to me with shoes and I have not dared to take them off. Wish he were barefoot. Maybe some day I’ll try taking off the hinds as he does have good feet. I’m with you: it’s not the only way, but there certainly are some benefits, not least of which is money saved!

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    1. Oh that’s just me, not expressing myself correctly. Valiosa is barefoot all around.

      I really want to keep it that way until past age 5.
      It’s a tough call, with your other shod horse, I know. Sometimes it just feels better not messing with things when they work. Understandably so.

      Especially if you are training them full time and hoping to show 🙂 most other horses I have ridden have been shod. Just really enjoying the process of these “naked feet” 😉

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  5. I’m somehow blessed with horses that hold up well barefoot… Monte has supposedly “damn near textbook perfect feet” according to my farrier, but might have to get shoes just for studs/eventing purposes. For dressage – I’ve heard trainers suggest shoes to enhance the trot (upper level horses), but in my mind, keep them barefoot as long as possible and save thousands of dollars!

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  6. You know me. Barefoot!! I’m not obsessed with it like some people, but I have no intention of putting shoes on Chrome unless he needs them for some medical reason. Valiosa looks great! I’m glad her feet are doing so well. I just shortened our trim cycle to four weeks so I think I’ll start seeing improvements in Chrome’s hooves quickly. 🙂


    1. I have several friends who’ve learned to do it themselves, for that very reason – the trim cycle had to go down to 4 weeks and it was just so much easier for them to step up and learn. Their horses are going well and they do check in with the farrier a couple of times per year to make sure they stay on track…
      Not what I wish to do, but it’s definitely working for them instead of the monthly appointments 🙂


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