As a Mustang owner, I inevitably fell into the "barefoot world" not realizing at the time how important and also controversial the topic was. In the past, I assumed all riding horses "needed" shoes, including the thoroughbred mare I owned at the time.
I've learned that it's OK to question WHY we do something. It's how we evolve as humans and as horse caretakers. Too often horse owners simply stick to what they were taught, traditional methods or practices that, when asked, they can't really explain the "why". Use this topic in particular as a perfect example of curiously questioning the "why" and exploring alternative solutions, that you may find end up working better for your horse after all.
In December, I purchased a 2005 Longhorn, all-steel, 2 horse slant load trailer. My first trailer!!! I wasn't anticipating buying a fixer-upper but I received a little bonus at work and I couldn't stand to patiently wait to save up a little more money. In retrospect, the amount of money I ended up spending at Home Depot probably would have allowed me to buy a decent low budget brand new trailer. But hey, that wouldn't have been as fun right?!
I'm going to share my 3 month renovation journey with you. The good, bad, and the ugly. I will leave it up to you to decide if you ever want to take on such a project!
About a year ago my horse, Bindi, suffered a tendon injury. She had to be laid up and was prescribed minimal exercise for quite a while. My first worry was, "What on earth is she going to do all day?!" This led me to begin investigating the option of feeding her hay free-choice.