Déjà Vu – Toe Length and Boot Loss

When I first transitioned Roo to barefoot-n-boots in 2009, the biggest hurdle to overcome was persuading his back feet to stay in their Easyboot Gloves when going up steep hills - particularly after going...

Grabbing Not Squishing

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...

Don’t Be Negative

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...

Give Shoes the Boot – You’re Still a Cowboy

Over the years, we have seen many trends with horses - from the dos and don'ts of feed, to the method in which we train. The one thing that has stayed consistent is people...

A Good Day at Work

Unfortunately as a hoof care practitioner you come into contact with a fair amount of neglected equines. A little over a year ago, one of my clients discovered a donkey that had been dumped...

Bacteria, Fungus and Yeast, Oh My!

As a hoof care practitioner, I sometimes assume that all is well with my personal horses’ hooves. Healthy hooves depend on several variables and a balanced diet is essential for optimum hoof health. My...

4-H Goes Bare and Booted

4-H has been a big part of my horse life. We have always had horses at home but 4-H introduced me to other kids that rode horses. I still remember one of my first 4-H...

Jake’s Fault: A Pictorial of Healing

Who:  Magnum owned by Joe Kunkel a.k.a. Joe the Barefoot Trimmer Where:  Midland, TX. When:  May 14, 2012 - March 13, 2013 The story behind the story: Magnum shown below is owned by EasyCare dealer and...

Balancing Booted and Bare

It's that time of year where spring seems to have sprung, at least in our neck of the woods. I am sure as I am writing this there is a wicked snowstorm or impressive...

Five Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Hoofjack

Many years ago, I ordered my first Hoofjack from a local farrier supply store. The one man show was run by an old time farrier. With obvious contempt he said: "What do you need that...

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