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Can Your Horse Go Barefoot'

Some horses go barefoot year round, even competing at upper levels successfully. Instead of trying to decide if your horse can go barefoot or not, start by determining why he needs to wear two or four shoes in the first place:• Do his hooves chip/crack easily'• Do you compete at levels or in footing that requires additional traction or protection'• Does he need sole protection in the form of a full pad, which requires a shoe to hold it in place'• Does he require therapeutic work that can’t be accomplished by trimming alone' Such as: • Under-run

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Meditation For Two

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