What About Trimming the Bars?

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Very few hoof trimming issues are as controversial as trimming the bars. Opinions vary greatly, from not touching them at all to cutting them down all the way to the sole level or beyond...

A Barefoot Hoof Trimmer’s Guide to Tool Use

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Now that you've selected your hoof knife, nippers and rasp, you're ready to actually use them. But for a lot of folks, the first trims feel really awkward, and the tools unwieldy. Natural hoof...

How to Check Hoof Balance

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Would you like to impress your trimmer? A fun exercise to try at home is determining if your horse’s hoof is balanced. All you need is a ruler and a permanent marker.Hoof care professionals...

Don’t Be Negative

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We all know that being negative is considered a bad thing, and it's no different for the horse's hoof!A negative palmar (front), or negative plantar (hind), angle in the hoof refers to the orientation...

Basic Barefoot Hoof Trim Guidelines (And a Few Noteworthy Caveats)

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Acute laminitis cases and other severe hoof problems aside, here are some good general guidelines for a non-invasive, basic barefoot trim.   Trim Wall to Live Sole Plane  As a general rule, bringing wall height within 1/8”...

Bringing a Sole Back To New Life Through Shorter Trimming Cycles

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The healing art of a smooth transition from a distorted pathological foot to a sustainable bare foot and then on to a well developed barefoot lies in the knowledge of proper form and recognizing...

Roll With It!

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The "mustang roll", or rounding of the edges of the hoof wall, was first noticed by observing the way the wild mustangs of the western United States wear their hooves through constant movement over...

The Mystery of the Collateral Grooves

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Original article by Maria Siebrand of The Thoughtful Horseman.Measuring Uniform, Adequate Sole Depth Using the Collateral GroovesThe above image is from Marjorie Smith's barefoothorse.com (thank you, Marjorie!) but I've relabeled the image because...

Trimming the Toed-Out or Toed-In Foot

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I wrote an article on how to maintain your horse's trim between your trimmer's visits for this week's On the Hoof entry. But I saw a horse yesterday that brought up an issue I...

Got Iron?

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Submitted by Natalie HermanA good example of a horse that should be black, but has the typical 'bleached' look to the coat and mane. The coat is very rough looking and shedding in patches...