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...

Debate? What Debate?

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Rumor has it that there is still a debate going on about what’s best for horses: steel shoes or barefoot?Years ago I came across the writings of Dr. Tomas Teskey, D.V.M: "The unfettered foot:...

Manilla Tom Quilty 2010 – Booted Horses are More Likely to Finish!

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 Last weekend saw endurance riders from all over the Australia and from around the world gather at Manilla, NSW for this years Quilty. The Quilty is Australia's oldest and most prestigious endurance ride. 11...

A Journey Back to How it is Meant To Be

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Submitted by Kicki Westman, Team Easyboot 2011 MemberThe reason why I started to use Easyboots was simply that I didnt see a good reason to shoe my Icelandic horse Vinur anymore. He was now an...

Essentials for Choosing and Keeping a Barefoot Riding Horse

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I recently read a book, "Maintaining a Natural Horse", by Tim Ware. Tim does barefoot trimming, so understands the needs completely. He presents a program for keeping a horse barefoot and rideable. A basic understanding...

Reflections On Booting Lessons Learned

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Submitted by Leslie Spitzer, Team Easyboot 2012 MemberIt's hard to believe that yet another ride season is wrapping up. It seems like it just started. Also along with the end of ride season another...

The Importance of the “Before and After”

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We love to do before and after photo comparisons. They're fun and educational for us trimmers and also for our clients, the horse owners. I'm often surprised at how much has changed.I usually take...

Grabbing Not Squishing

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During a consultation with Dr. Tomas Teskey, DVM, he said that horses feet should "grab the ground and not go squish." In that instant I got a visual of a perfectly formed hoof capsule...

Hoof Capsule Distortions, Part 3

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During the last two discussions on hoof capsule distortions, we looked at flares and high/low syndromes and clubfeet. Today, we want to examine the medial/lateral balance in more detail.Look at the picture below:Horse AQuestion:...

Do You Boot? Trail 11 Along the Verde River in Arizona

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Last October (2009,) a friend and I rode trail 11 from Twin Buttes TH to Horseshoe Dam. We camped about a mile or two down the road from the official TH. This was as...