Home of the Hoof Guided Method
For many years I've told people that if their horse wasn't sound when the shoes came off, their horse wasn't sound before the shoes came off. This holds true for boots as well. If your horse is not sound when the boots come off, your horse is not sound!
Horses are born without shoes and have lived without shoes for millions of years. Many say they need shoes now because we ride them. To them I say that the Native Americans - who rode horses that they found or stole, had no farriers and their horses had no shoes after they fell off - regularly outrode the cavalry . . . barefoot.
With correct trimming and diet, horses can live longer, remain sounder, and be healthier.
CAUTION: All barefoot trimming is NOT the same. Many trim methods are far too aggressive and cause horses to be sore.
A herd of happy barefoot horses
And the latest addition, Oz! Born May 24, 2014. Follow his hoof development at Foal Feet Case Study.