The Equine Documentalist: Barefoot vs Shod

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    The Equine Documentalist: Barefoot vs Shod

    This debate is often fiercely contested and remains controversial with two schools of thought, traditionally diametrically opposed. As the author continues on the never-ending journey into understanding the hoof, one thing has become clear, barefoot is best, but yet another paradoxical realisation has occurred simultaneously, shoes are a necessary reality. The miracle of nature that is the hoof is designed to move and flex, protecting the inner structures while deforming enough to absorb cyclic concussion, renew itself and act as a sensory organ. So why do we put shoes on it, and do we ever need to? To continue reading, please visit:

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