Transitioning your Horse to Barefoot

Canine First Aid Reading Transitioning your Horse to Barefoot 3 minutes

These days many horse owners are making the change to keeping their horses and ponies barefoot and with the associated health benefits reported, it has become more well-known and better supported in the equine industry. In our latest blog Scientific Nutritional Products takes a look at the ‘need-to-know’ information for horse owners when transitioning to barefoot.

What to Consider; Benefits and Challenges

The benefits of barefoot include reduced concussion to the foot and limb, reduced risk of slipping and improved hoof function as a whole but the transition period often isn’t without challenges and isn’t necessarily suitable for all equines.

When taking your horse or pony barefoot examining their veterinary history and any abnormal hoof pathology that is already present with a professional can allow your to be fully prepared. It can be advisable to remove just the hindlimb shoes first allowing the to adjust gradually to the change. The time of year and the footing at your yard is an important factor. If the ground is softer it’ll be easier to make the switch.

Professional Support

Many farriers are trained differently to barefoot trimmers so speaking to a range of professionals to find someone able to support you and your horse is vital. There are various websites where you can find fully-qualified trimmers or in some cases your veterinarian may be able to advise.

Booking some equine bodywork sessions from an osteopath, physiotherapist or massage therapist is wise. This is because your horse or pony is going to be going through significant changes during the transition period; whether that’s from the feet being sore or postural changes.

Diet including a Hoof Supplement

When considering hoof health the diet is one of the most crucial factors. It is essential to ensure the horse’s diet is rich in fibre by feeding quality hay and good grass.

Hoof Quality is also affected by extreme weather conditions and hoof management. A Hoof Supplement with Biotin to promote strong healty hooves, Merthionie and Lysine for Keratin production and MSM for Hoof Growth could be an essential part of your nutritional kit to ensure your Horse's hooves can cope with being 'barefoot''

Robust Hoof Supplement from Scientific Nutritional Products includes these key ingredients such as Biotin, Lysine, Methionine, Zinc and MSM providing the necessary building blocks for strong healthy hooves.  

For more information about Robust Hoof Supplement  available from Scientific Nutritional Products visit their website or Casll freephone 0800 032 7774

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