My name is Linda Chamberlain. I am a journalist and writer and I have ridden all my life. About 15 years ago a friend gave me a book that set me on a new journey – one that didn’t involve horse shoes.
This obscure veterinary work by a German vet was a shocking exposure of the harm caused by nailing a piece of metal onto a moving part of the horse and from that moment I had to find a new way. Barefoot. It wasn’t easy because removing your horse’s shoes is only the beginning. The barefoot horse needs a lot of care to become sound and strong like his wild cousins. He does better with a radically different lifestyle – he needs his freedom. And so now all of my horses live out in a herd all year round. None of them have shoes and all of them are ridden.
In this blog, I will tell the story of my journey through a hostile and traditional horse world. You will see how I overcame lameness that was threatening our horses when they were shod and I will give you tips to help you achieve barefoot too.
Occasionally, I will talk to you about my writing as my debut novel, The First Vet, is out now on Amazon and Kindle! It’s a story of love and corruption inspired by the work of Bracy Clark, the English vet who exposed the damage caused by metal shoeing 200 years ago. He was a man ahead of his time; against whips, spurs and strong bits but his research into shoeing was suppressed by the corrupt veterinary establishment. It’s being rediscovered now! If you care about horses support my campaigning blog and buy the book. Share it with your friends. It’s a book that could help change the world for the horse.