Sunday, August 3, 2014

Wes is Winning at Barefoot

He's even adorable when he's just doing every day Wes things like enjoying his salt blocks.

First, let me say that Wes is definitely winning at being barefoot.

I am amazed after every trim.  There is improvement with every.  Single.  Trim.  Thank you Cindy Ford, DAEP.  She should be very proud of the artwork that is Wesson's feet.  I really expected it to take longer so see such changes in his feet.  I told Cindy that I wasn't expecting some kind of instant change and I was prepared to just be patient for however long this transition took.  I mean we are talking about a horse that was shod all the way around for nine years straight, that I know of for sure, and most likely many more before that.  Wes was at one point in his younger days, as a lead hitch horse, was shod with Scotch Bottoms.  In case you don't know what Scotch Bottoms are, they are unfortunately the draft horse shoe of choice in draft show rings.  Here they are on a team of Perches:

Um, gross.  Why???  Just for big knee action is why.

Anyway, so as you can see he has spent over half his life in shoes.  At 20 years old I really expected it to take a while for them to adapt to barefoot.  He has yet to take a sore step since the day we pulled his shoes.  He is doing better barefoot than I ever hoped for.  I had one person tell me "Well, you know he can't go barefoot."  Yeah...why is that??  There was no reason not to have him transition to barefoot.

He was trimmed recently and I felt it was time to take a couple comparison pics. He got here February 5th, we pulled his shoes and Cindy did his first trim on February 7th.  So, not even six months later, look at these February 7th pics compared to the July 25th pics:

Click the pic to check it out!

Click the pic to check it out!

That heel was insane and he pretty much had a talon for a left hind.  That was his ugliest foot.  It almost looks completely normal already.  The other day I watched him GALLOP out into the pasture whinnying and hopping around.  It was perfect.  He so deserves all of this.  He couldn't be happier in his retirement.


  1. Huzzah for Wes, he really is cute. That hoof is looking so much happier!

  2. Sorry that this has nothing to do with this post, but I am curious what saddle(s) you are using on Klein? I am trying to find something that will fit my draft cross mare without breaking the bank, and am starting to despair!

  3. No worries Dragon! I have Duett saddles for Klein and I LOVE them! I have a Duett Presto jumping saddle and a Duett Presto Fidelio dressage saddle. They are made for wider horses. Email me if you want any other info: