Sole Is Important For Your Horses Hooves

I had the opportunity to take photos of different hooves that we will be posting on our blogs. I'm no hoof professional but even to me the difference between both hooves became very clear immediately.

The photo below is showing the sound hoof of an Australian Brumby. A horse living similar like the American mustang. You can see a very nice sole.

Let's have a look at the next shot. Here we see the hoof of a horse that had been shoed with iron shoes. (Thanks to Christoph of Vettec for letting me take this shot)

(the white stuff is silicone that shall protect the hoof)

The main problem possibly haven't been the iron shoes alone but a very bad trim combined with iron shoes. What we see is an extremely thin sole.

The first horse definitely died by a shot from a guy sitting in a helicopter.

I don't know why the 2nd horse died but I have an idea ....

This is a good but sad example to explain why I like Natural Hoof Care and protecting hooves with hoof boots.
I believe the 2nd photo is giving even amateurs an idea which problems will probably occur with the different bones inside the hoof if the sole is as thin as shown on that image.

We began using hoof boots 15 years ago when our horse started suffering from laminitis and I was very happy that one of my friends just started as a hoof trimmer (I had no clue what a trimmer was at that time). He pulled off the iron shoes and helped us to get her sound again with good barefoot trim and hoof boots. Now "Suse" is a 24 years old sound barefoot horse and we're still riding her 3-4 times a week.


Hoof Protection of the Year 2009


I have some really good news for you and the hoof boot world from Germany and I thought the best way to publish this is doing it in a video message. So once in my life I wanted to do it like the really big boys sending a message this way ;-)  Here you are....

Below you'll find a photo taken by an unknown talented photographer while the Award was given to me as representative of Garret Ford.

Rosi Schnitzenbaumer - Bernd Jung - Dr. Alexander Wurthmann
(Rosi Schnitzenbaumer, Bernd Jung, Dr. Alexander Wurthmann)

Links mentioned in the video :

Bernd Jung

Hello barefoot community,

First I'd like to introduce myself.

I'm living in the South West of Germany and 10 years ago my wife Claudia and me founded  hufShop®. Last month we celebrated our 10 years anniversary. We have been using hoof boots ourselves for 15 years now.

Wer'e selling barefoot related products as a wholesaler and are mainly focussed on hoof boots. Since August 2007 hufShop is EasyCare's distributor in Germany but we've been selling EasyCare products for nine years now. We're supplying riders as well as practitioners, farriers, vets, online stores, etc.

Six months ago I established another company offering workshops for riders,practitioners and farriers. This company's name is HUFCHECK (hoof check) HUFCHECK is  currently focussed on hoof boots, too but we have already been preparing workshops about Natural Hoof Care. We will start the new program probably in May 2010 and I'd like to thank especially  Manu Volk for supporting me and being a wonderful friend. Manu is a very experienced practitioner and without her help HUFCHECK would possibly never have been founded.

Beside the websites mentioned above I'm running some more like...
I must honestly say that it has become hard to maintain all these websites beside Facebook and Twitter accounts, several own blogs, EasyCare blogs, and several private websites. I guess already 20% of all words in this post are links :-))))

Having said this I'm looking forward to posting here regularly and would like to thank Garrett for giving us this opportunity.

We may all be a part of a great story that will certainly help a lot of horses living a better live !

Cheers, Bernd