- Deshoe: shoes restrict the movement of the hoof, thereby reducing blood flow and negatively affecting your horse’s health. With an understanding of barefoot transitioning techniques, all horses can and should go barefoot all the time. For the pasture pet to Olympic level performance horses, this will work. Have boots on hand for the transition.
- 24/7 Turnout: Horses are foragers, meant to walk and graze some 10-20 miles per day. Turn your horse out with a herd. Horses are naturally calm in their herd; they have a pecking order and jobs. They are comforted when they can scan the horizon for predators. (They don’t know that cougars are scarce in Delaware!) Stalling is the equivalent of solitary confinement. In my area, field board is always available. Please find it. If you are forced to stall half day, find like-minded boarders and arrange to have your unblanketed horses turned out together, regardless of season. Personally I like having a stall but that doesn’t mean my horse lives there. It’s a place for extra hay and clicker training. Check out Paddock Paradise aka the Track System on line and here.
- A horse’s diet should be 99.9% free choice (grass/timothy) hay or grass, fresh water, free choice loose iodized salt. Feed little grain; no sweet feed. Supplement based on the tests of your hay and pasture. Too much is just as bad as a deficiency. Check out Dr. Kellon’s courses and help in links.
Then say hi to your new healthy horse. Good bye to rain rot, thrush, hives, scratches or ”thin skin”. No more shelly Racehorse feet. Just a beautiful coat, an easy-keeper body, lovely gaits, energy to spare and a Very Happy Horse.
Wow, that sounds just like my rescued race horse, Love Sunny Days, by Not For Love (Northview Stallion Station)