What does it take?
There are a few things to know and be aware of when transitioning your horse from shod to barefoot: What is the quality of the outer wall, the frog, the heel and first and in particular, the sole? How do you keep your horse? Box stall, on the pasture, or some sort of paddock trail? Is your horse in a big or small herd? Can you plan the transition or is it important to do it immediately, regardless of circumstance? These are just a few of the questions that determine your best plan of action.
What to expect?
You may wonder how long to stay out of the saddle after the shoes are removed or if your horse will adjust easily? The good news is, in most cases, the transition is uneventful and horse (as well as owner!) adjust smoothly to the new situation. The most important thing is to be well prepared. Educating yourself on how to make your horse as comfortable as possible during the transition will help a lot.
What if it doesn´t work?
The transition from horseshoes to barefoot requires times and patience. A hoof needs between 8-12 months to grow a full cycle. You can watch the changes of new hoof growth from the top (coronet band) down. Due to an optimally supported hoof mechanism, the sole becomes stronger, but it takes a little time and won´t happen overnight.