A Barefoot Hoof Trimmer’s Guide to Tool Use

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...

Soft Country Feet Revisited

Some months back I wrote an article, Soft-Country Feet?, where I suggested that hoof ailments such as hoof cracks, white-line disease and thrush, common to horses living in soft, wet environments could be reduced or eliminated...

Condition and Transition for a Healthy Hoof

Maria Siebrand from The Thoughtful Horseman writes:I am always searching for analogies to help owners understand the barefoot transition: why it sometimes takes months, why the horse that was “sound” in shoes is tender-footed...

Choose Your Weapons! The Right Tools Make Barefoot Trimming Easier

Wandering around a farrier's supply store, whether in person or online, can be a little boggling. You really just need nippers, a hoof knife, and a rasp... but which ones? First and foremost, be prepared...

Australian College of Equine Podiotherapy

EasyCare is lucky to have such talented and passionate people like those at the Australian College of Equine Podiotherapy working hard to get the barefoot message out and get others educated. 2010 has been...

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

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”...

Trimming Tips: Making it Easy for You AND the Horse

What’s comfortable for you as a barefoot hoof trimmer might work for many horses, but not all of them. Any time the horse you’re working on gets wiggly, it’s a good idea to take...

Older Horses: Hoof and Joint Care

During my daily conversations with our customers, I'm finding that more and more people are calling me about their older horse. Many are very proud because they have transitioned an older horse from shoes to...

Protective Horse Boots

The horse we have today arose in about 7000 BC and domesticated about 4000 BC. The horses were bred and ridden without shoes until medieval times when people started confining horses. The hooves started getting bad...

Trimming Tools and the Art of Maintenance

There are many reasons for that development, but the fact is that more and more riders and horse owners are now trimming their horses hooves without the help of professional hoof technicians and farriers....

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