Horse and rider jumping a hurdle.

2010: Amazing Akhal-Teke horses are eventing barefoot!


Garrett Ford and Lisa Ford crossing the finish line at Auburn Fairgrounds in 2010.


Garrett Ford and The Fury: Garrett makes his acceptance speech upon winning the Haggin Cup.


Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) Dressage Horse, Juneau: The Barefoot Comeback Kid

Dutch Warmblood gelding Juneau made his FEI dressage comeback at 18 years old, barefoot, with Dawn Jensen riding. The pair won the Prix St. Georges classes, winning High Score FEI of the show—only 10 months after he was written off by veterinarians as a hopeless case.


Deb Jayne, and Percheron stallion, Mark, from Windfall Farm in AZ.


Barefoot Grand Prix Dressage: Dr. Hilary Clayton Riding MSU Magic J, 1991 Arabian gelding.


Photo by Terri Holst.

Benny leading the pack out of the gate (as usual)...who says Barefoot horses have no traction!


Saucy Night Makes UK Racing History by Winning Barefoot 

Ysabelle Dean interviews Eamonn Wilmont (2005)


The Apsley End Polo Club in the United Kingdom does not shoe their 30 polo ponies. The ponies play barefoot on both grass and in a dirt surfaced indoor arena


Rick Dabner riding “To Liberate,” a seven year old KWPN gelding by “Burggraff,” at the 2007 Perth Royal Show in Australia. They were the winners of the Part Three Speed class.


2009 Rodeo History - Barefoot Barrel Racing Success at Wrangler National Finals Rodeo!

December 2009, Jordon Jae Peterson rode into rodeo history by becoming the first barrel racer to compete at the prestigious Wrangler National Finals Rodeo on a barefoot horse. When the dust settled, Jordon and her great horse Frenchmans Jester (AKA Jester) finished in sixth place in the world standings.


The All-Barefoot Winnipeg Mounted Patrol!

The Winnipeg Police Service Mounted Patrol Unit of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, has successfully gone barefoot with their service horses! Officer Anna Proskurnik attended a 2010 Hoof Health barefoot clinic with James & Yvonne Welz. She had success taking her personal horses barefoot, and soon managed to talk the Department into allowing a barefoot transition for their two shod horses in the Mounted Patrol Unit.

Anna reports that they have had fantastic traction with this trim; there have been no slipping problems at all. The horses patrol downtown on pavement often, as well as patrolling at various festivals, participating in parades, and working on varied terrain.


In Houston, Texas, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Tampa, Florida mounted patrols are very proud barefoot trim advocates. Greg Sokoloski, trainer of the Houston Mounted Patrol horses and certified trimmer (through the auspices of Martha Olivo / United Horsemanship ), reports, "Before barefooting, we were seeing tripping, stumbling, bad abscessing, tendon and back problems, and very poor hoof quality with shoes. What is amazing is all those conditions have stopped. It is incredible to see the medical logs, and see the months of various medical conditions -- then no entries after barefooting."

He says the horses have much better traction and also noticed improved overall conformation - if the Mounted Patrol that walks on pavement all day in one of the largest cities in the U.S. has their horses barefoot, your horse can be too!




The 17.3 hand Percheron above was working for a living on asphalt; pulling a carriage 25 hours a week in a hilly mountain tourist town. Before getting a barefoot trim, the hooves were severely split and broken. Rapid growth stimulated by work made growing out better walls quick and easy, and the drivers reported better traction and endurance than they had seen on any horse. The soft “thup-thup-thup” of his hooves left his joints and muscles fresh at the end of the day.


A barefoot four-in-hand team in New Zealand, in a harness class the day after a 30 km. (20 mile) endurance race. The owner, Karen Hampton, had written to me three years ago about one of the horses, Flynn, who had "recurrent sore feet and pulled shoes." She went barefoot and reports Flynn "is doing so much more than he could previously.

No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.  ~ Winston Churchill