Managing a horses environment can be pivotal in barefoot performance. There are many different systems of arranging the environment, each with their own merits, considerations, and objectives.
Becoming barefoot is sometimes not as simple as removing the shoes. Preparing yourself and your horse for success before you take the shoes off maximises results with minimal disruption.
Equine podiatry is a shoeless approach. It focuses on making horses feet healthy enough so that they can perform without shoes. But it raises the questions - why is the horse in shoes to begin with? What is so bad about shoeing, and is a healthy shod foot a contradiction of terms?