Gyps featured above with Barbara McPhillips and Davide Rimmer is ridden and driven in Cavallo hoof boots, but goes barefoot when possible. Cavallo Sport boots are Gyps’ favourite.
I asked Barbara for a top tip and she gave me three: Use a qualified barefoot trimmer; listen to Pete Rameys barefoot DVD series; use Cavallo hoof boots.
Here are some photos and radiographs of Gyps’ hooves taken less than 12 months apart after her shoes had been taken off. The changes show a thicker sole with greater concavity, and better alignment of the hoof wall with the pedal bone after her shoes were removed and Gyps had been receiving a professional barefoot trim.