Thanks all! I will have a look in the Farmers Guardian. Hi Gemma, yes, i am in the South East, Kent Dartford area. I would love to get in touch with people who compete barefoot. I am the only shoeless person on my yard and it would be nice to get to know some more people who compete barefoot and get to find out about some rides.
Hi Lizziee, yep you are right, she stays with me. Also, have managed to find a space in a lovely 24/7 field for her (she was on a yard stabled before), so now she will stay with me, hurray! and is out 24/7. Truth to be told, I was not really up for her going on loan in the 1st place, but as I have not been riding her much for health reasons lately, and was trying to make sure she had some more exercise and not be stuck in the stable it felt like a fair thing to do for her at the time. Somebody who was going to ride her more and keep her out of the stable longer. But it looks like everything works out for the better this way. She will be out 24/7 and "self excerise" and not be stuck in a stable for 15 hours, will stay barefoot and most importantly with me.
I'll have an ask around (I can think of a couple of people off the top of my head) and if they're happy, I'll pass their details onto you.
And re: the 24/7 thing: totally agree. If you can do it, and your horse suits it, it can work really well. Marygold has done up to 84km on this regime. It makes a real difference bringing them back up to fitness in the spring.
It's definitely worth getting in touch with Terry, he's a really nice guy and very helpful. Naz kicked his horse once at a ride Not the best way to get to meet someone Les Spark is also a mine of useful information.
I still haven't got round to competing mine But when they do it will be barefoot - as long as feasible depending on how high a level we get to (at this rate, we'll be lucky to even get to a ride though!).
several people in our endurance training rides club (Chiltern Distance Riders) are barefoot, and at least one of them has started competing with EGB. shame you aren't nearer to us!Finn - Lol, but pink would clash with my chestnut girl! have found some old green hiking socks - but as I'm riding bareback at the mo due to girth rubs (sigh) there's no need to boot up as I'm being boring and staying in the menage!
Hi - a good compromise between barefoot and traditional shoes, is the EponaShoe - this is a flexible plastic horseshoe designed to allow the whole hoof to behave much as a barefoot would, but with the protection of a shoe - I use them on my horse in front, and he goes barefoot behind - total peace of mind and complete flexibility work-wise. Have a look at www.eponashoe.com or email me directly at email@example.com I am the UK agent for EponaShoe, and will be happy to talk/advise you!
I used to do endurance back in the late 70 and 80's, I needed a letter from my vet allowing me to compete, we trained and competed up to 30 miles barefoot, not one day lame or foot sore, oncve he started 50 -100 miles his feet just couldn't cope with the wear.
There are lots of people successfully competing in boots in the USA from the sound of it, some apparently even compete in boots over shoes The Renegades have been designed with endurance specifically in mind, and my modest jaunts out in them would suggest that they're pretty much trouble free on healthy hooves, even on longer rides.