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By Clare Long

Concerned Horse Owner: 
I would like to transition my Icelandic horse from shoes to going barefoot. What is your thought on this? Can you provide any ideas? or know of anyone in the area that can help with trim and boot size?
Thanks,  Bonni

Answer:
Good morning Bonni! As far as your Icelandic going barefoot... I rarely have issues with  transitioning from shoes to barefoot. After we pull shoes, for a week, I watch for foot soreness, and excessive chipping of the feet. With an Icelandic, I would be very surprised if you see either, especially if the feet are black. I find white feet are usually more prone to soreness and chipping. I don't think you are going to have any issues. I love my farrier. If you want an excellent barefoot trim, and excellent advise, feel free to contact him. 

Adam Dunaway
Dunaway Farrier Service:
(707)695-6717

I would be happy to give Adam a "heads up" that he might be hearing from you.
Boots for the trails are a super idea, and work great! The new boots are fantastic, and extremely easy to put on and to take off. 
Here is a link to a bunch of different kinds, but check out the rest to make your own decision, it could be that your horse will not need boots at all.  (As I'm sure you know, Icelandics are known for their hard feet and surefootedness on the trails).
http://www.horse.com/horse-boots-and-wraps/hoof-boots/590/ http://www.horse.com/item/hoofix-comfy-boot/E015143/ http://www.horse.com/item/easycare-easyboot-new-trail-hoof-boot/E015321/
Remember the old "easy boots"? They were horrible!  you were exhausted before you even got on your horse, just from the process of trying to get the boots on!

Best of luck, and please let me know if you would like to discuss further.

All The Best,
Clare

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