Not only that but I have had 2 more requests this week to help with veterinary research, which I am only too happy to oblige. Its so encouraging that more and more vet students (and their supervisors) are motivated to find out more about barefoot rehabilitation and how hooves function.
This interest from the next generation of vets (as well as increasing numbers of the current generation of vets) is incredibly exciting and should make an enormous difference to horses and their owners in the next few years.
Positives like this make it easy to put in perspective the (inevitably still common) comments which abound when barefoot is mentioned. Today's classic (which is one of those "if I had a pound for every time..." clangers) was the priceless and time-honoured triple-whammy of misconception: "My vet isn't against barefoot but just feels good feet have been bred out of today's horses and anyway my horse can't go barefoot because he is so sore when he loses a shoe."
Thank goodness "her" ill-informed vet is increasingly in the minority.