WHAT IS THE MAIN DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SHOEING OR BAREFOOT TRIM?
There will be as many differences as there are hoof care practitionners if we go into details.
However, we will go over the main and simplest difference between both.
The trim to prep the foot for a shoe leaves the whole bottom of the foot flat, the external wall at ground level. Otherwise, there would be no material to nail the shoe to.
The barefoot trim gets the external wall off the ground.
WHY IS A TRIM PREPARING FOR A SHOE DIFFERENT FROM A BARFOOT TRIM?
If you haven’t read this article: What’s a Hoof – Part 1, then, I’d suggest you do, just to be up to speed. You’ll understand why a shoeing trim is not ideal.
Alternatively, this is an exagerated equivalent of what it might feel like for the horse: