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RFDTV Episode #6 - Going Barefoot

Can all horses go barefoot?

Additional Information

In the following video Gene Ovnicek discusses the 3 primary reasons why people choose to have their horses go barefoot. He also talks about a good approach to transitioning horses that have lameness issues or poor hoof quality, so that they can be more successful living a barefoot existence.


In the following video fellow professional farrier and barefoot specialist Pattricia Stiller offers some general guidelines on Balancing the How, When & Why of barefoot hoof care. This video is provided by the Equine Lameness Prevention Organization.


Article "3 Basic Goals of Barefoot" (.pdf)

This article by Cody Ovnicek is a more in-depth look at barefoot hoof care and what is important for the foot to be successful and sound. This article is hosted on the Equine Lameness Prevention Organization website.


Quick Reference Guide Download

To download a Simple Quick Reference Guide for Evaluating A/P (front to back) Hoof Balance, Click on the Image to the LEFT. The file is a 1.5MB .pdf


Equine Lameness Prevention Organization "Widest Part of the Foot" Research

The Equine Lameness Prevention Organization has conducted a Radiograph Study in order to offer useful guidelines to hoof care professionals. This project discussed the protocol used to locate internal hoof structures by using external references. Click on the image to the LEFT for a summary of the results.

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