|Waiting on her farrier.|
I asked him if he thought she could ever be barefoot up front and he pretty much said no way. If I wasn't riding her at all she might be able to be barefoot, but otherwise he doesn't think her hooves would hold up to any amount of work.
Then he asked me if I was thinking about going "all natural on him". After a brief conversation I got the impression that he doesn't think much about the natural hoof crowd...
But now I'm a little confused... is there a difference in a "natural barefoot trim" and a regular old farrier trim? Lilly is not wearing shoes on her hind feet, so would someone calling themselves a natural trimmer trim her hind feet differently than my current farrier? I didn't want to press him on the issue because I wasn't sure I'd get the correct information considering his initial response.
AJ was barefoot all the way around and my farrier never commented about AJ's feet... he just trimmed him, pointed out any issues, and that was it. No accusations of being "all natural" where AJ was concerned, so his reaction about Lilly being barefoot has peaked my interest.
I don't disagree with him about Lilly's hooves... at least not right now. They've made a lot of progress since she was a weanling (which is when all this first started) but I don't know that she'd do well out of shoes. The transition period would be really difficult and I tend to leave well enough alone where Lilly is concerned for obvious reasons. You know, "if it ain't broke don't fix it"... she breaks enough on her own without me helping.
Anyway, if anyone has comments about natural barefoot trims vs farrier barefoot trims, I'd love to hear them.