Nic Barker

Feet First

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Nic Barker

Feet First

Description

It has been taken for granted that shoes protect a horse's feet. This book challenges the notion that shoeing is essential and demonstrates that horses' hooves are capable of high levels of performance on all surfaces without shoes.

This ground-breaking work explores the beliefs that horses need shoes and examines in a balanced way the choices available to owners and the potential benefits of working horses barefoot.

Practical, measured and research based, the book discusses how diet, environment, exercise and trimming affect the hooves, and shows that going barefoot can often improve hoof performance dramatically.
It offers sensible, hands-on advice on achieving barefoot performance in a variety of disciplines —from eventing and hunting to endurance and dressage — focusing on the essential elements for healthy hooves. In addition, the book has step-by-step advice on rehabilitating problem hooves, with case studies of horses presenting a range of issues, from navicular, hoof cracks and under-run heels to metabolic disorders like laminitis and insulin resistance.

The authors have successfully ridden and competed their own horses barefoot for many years and have helped many hundreds of their clients' horses to work successfully without shoes. Their research and findings are both impressive and surprising and are supported by high-profile farriers and equine vets. This book will appeal to anyone who wishes to improve the performance of their horse's hooves as well as to professionals involved in equine hoof care.

Book: perfect-bound Binding
Pages: 168
Pub Date: 2009
List Price: 45.00
Sale Price: See listing.
Item #: 1602