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I love GE...Diamonds are hard to trim with and not as sharp/staying sharp. GEs are hardy too..have had them stomped on and thrown outta my hands by drafts even and they are still in great shape. They ARE a bit pricer, but you can get them a little cheaper from farrier outlets (like Anvilbrand.com)...Also good, if you have smaller hands, get the "race" ones...they are a little shorter and lighter than the "standard" ones and great for any of us girly-girl types with smaller hands :P THey are worth the price and will last forever (and for 50$, if they eventually have issues, you can send them back to GE for a rebuild, which will make them back to almost new) Natalie
Toggle Commented Mar 14, 2008 on barefoot tools at Team Easyboot
I love the dome pads. They give more protection and last longer than the regular comfort pads. In fact, they saved my horse's feet on one really bad ride. I did the 2-day 100mile ride at Spanish Springs, CA. We rode on what I can only describe as "cobblestone" road type trail and true lava flows for 75% of the 2 days. Shod horses, even some with pads, were getting pulled both days. My horse was barefoot on all fours with Easyboot bares and brand new dome pads on. He was happy and sound all weekend and didn't even act slightly ouchy. I was able to see the beating his feet would have taken without the boots and without the pads especially, as when I took the dome pads out (remember, BRAND NEW pads), they looked like ones I have used in other boots for three months (aprox 250-400miles of riding). They were SO squished down. I am convinced he would have been sore in just normal boots or even boots with the thinner pads... I also like that they offer the foot frog and sole contact, which with a plain boot does not happen. It helps use all the hoof structures and helps build concavity. I don't even bother buying regular comfort pads, as the dome pads work so well. They also are useable for a long time. Once the edges wear down a little, they fit in the next size boot and so on. I go with one set from a size two boot on one horse, all the way to a 00 on my other horse. They last for 3-5 months (depending on if it is the endurance or trail horse) for me... Natalie
Sounds like me...except I have WAY less experience, LOL...but there is just no way I think horses need shoes and shoeing school is one of the things that taught me that...I do occasionally throw a few shoes on, but ONLY Eponashoes and ONLY if there is no other way. Though I still try to "wean" the owner off even those (synthetic) shoes to boots and bare. Only have one owner right now and it is on her navicular mare who actually does fairly well with them. She's have to be in boots at least half the day or more to be comfortable at this stage if she were bare and that is just not happening out on "the ranch"...ah well... As to farriers...we have a local farrier group (meet several times a year and try to organize at least one clinic for furthering education a year) that seems pretty mellow. We kinda agree to disagree with two or so on the midline of wanting to switch over too...I am the only "official" barefooter though but they don't seem bothered. Then again, we also have 4 women in the group so we are fairly "progressive" as such for a bunch of farriers, LOL...that's Humboldt County, CA for ja...progressive in maaannnnyy ways, LOL... :P Natalie
Hahahahaha!!! I have heard most of those too...except that it is goats and once a lama with me...never did a pig before :) Cute picture though! I actually do most of the canceling due to "too wet" because the other thing I hear is "oh, I don't have a barn or trimming area, you could do him in the shelter though" which is often either ankle deep in mud or 10X8ft with a jumpy horse...sigh...how hard is it to put up four posts with a plywood roof in an area that is fairly level and only used for trimming/grooming/etc??? Natalie (who is still fairly new and can't wait to have enough business to actually be able to weed out some of the idiots I have to trim (owner, not horse, that is:P)
Well, went to that facebook group and to be honest, all I saw were mostly people that had poor skills and VERY poor preparation (esp when dealing with their young ones) and then complained when things went wrong. I wanted to shake about half of them and tell them to go get a real instructor and trainer to work with them/their horse....ppl are SO dumb around horses sometimes...like a friend told me once about kayaking (and it applies VERY much so to horses...) the "7 P's" are important...Prior Proper Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Preformance.... after a few pages of surfing, I had to leave that site before I got angry, LOL... Now, if someone set up a group for people that JUST need confidence back or valid advice, but already work with a trainer/instructor/whatever to get them and the horse back to normal, THAT would be really cool...