Cracking the Code on Hoof Cracks

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What causes hoof cracks? There are many factors that contribute to the development of hoof cracks and understanding the cause is the key to developing a solution.Infrequent Trim Schedule The first factor and the...

How To Reduce Collisional Force

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I’ve always thought it would be cool to be a runner. We would have cross-country runs once a month when I was a kid and I thought it rather exotic for the entire phys...

Five Basics to Successful Booting: Number 5

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#5: A Healthy Barefoot TrimI am not a professional hoof care practitioner, but I did work with a hoof care professional to write this post about a maintenance barefoot trimming strategy.Boot losses. We've all had them....

Stella’s Hooves: Before Shots

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I could possibly retitle this, as this was not pictures of her hooves before consuming 1oz quantities of alcohol and, I assure you, they would look no different after whiskey was consumed.I wanted to...

Functions Part I: The Hoof’s Memory Foam

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In my last blog, The 1st Grader Version of Equine Limb Anatomy, I discussed the origins of the equine limb. In this blog, let's look at the functions of the legs and feet. Legs...

So How Do My Horse’s Feet Look? Learning to Evaluate Your Horse’s Hooves

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It seemed like every day I trimmed horses, I was asked the same question, over and over again: “So, how do my horse's feet look?"It wasn't long before I had an epiphany: Why not...

Marie’s Opinion

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Submitted by David Landreville, Guest HCPTransitioning horses from shoes or neglected bare feet into properly shaped, fully functional, and comfortable bare feet can be challenging. If you don't care for a good challenge, you're...

Perfect Practice Makes Perfect: Gluing on Stuff

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While there are some things in life that can be done spur of the moment, gluing stuff on our horses feet is not one of them. One of my favorite quotes is from Olympic...

SOS May 2016-Stuck? Pro Tips for Removing Glue-Ons

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We have quite a bit of content about how to glue like a rock star. Everything from hoof prep to using different materials to modifying glue-ons for any situation. We even address aesthetics in our quest for gluing...

Then and Now

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This last year has been a huge year for me in natural horse care and natural hoof trimming. While I have trimmed my horses for the past several years, I haven't had to deal...