We all know the saying - No hoof, No horse.
In 2007 I took all four of my horses barefoot. Before everyone groans though (!), first off a quick reassure that this chapter is about Hoof Health, whether shod or not. The saying No hoof, No horse, applies whether the hoof has a shoe on it or not.
The main reason I briefly mention my own barefoot experience is because I found myself on the steepest learning curve about all things hoof, how to maintain hoof-health (shod or not), and most importantly the importance of hoof-health. I still can't claim to know all things hoof, but compared to what I thought I knew, and after several decades of horsemanship, frankly I was clueless, so I have a lot to thank barefoot for.
~ Hoof Health Cont'd . . .
For more information on the benefits of mineral balancing for hoof health, see our page Mineral Balancing