Hoof Care Practitoner Tip Of The Week- Hoof Knife Sharpening

Whether you are a professional barefoot trimmer or horse owner maintaining your own barefoot horses, keeping hoof knives good and sharp is an ongoing project.  "It is essential to start out with a sharp knife", says hoof...

Starting From Scratch – Part 2

Putting Theory into Practice It's always better to demonstrate to people how not to do things. I feel they learn so much more by observing others' mistakes, than for everything to go perfectly smoothly and...

What Do You Think Is Happening With This Horse?

Take a look at the photos below and let us know what you think has happened to this horse and his once beautiful barefeet. Here is a bit of background on the horse. 1.  The horse...

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...

Hoof Capsule Distortions, Part 3

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 A Question:...

What In The World Is The F Balance?

What is the difference between the length and the height of a hoof's heel? The photo below illustrates it. The yellow arrow shows the height, the red arrow shows the length of the heel. So, why...

That’s My Story and I’m Stickin’ To It: The Learning Curve

Submitted by David Landreville That's My Story by Collin Raye was a popular song in the 90's. I don't know how many times back then I would hear someone finish their sentence with the line,...

Positive Changes

Submitted by Sossity Gargiulo, Wild Hearts Hoof Care I was recently asked by EasyCare to write up a few words about our trimming theory and approach. This always ends up being quite difficult to be succinct...

What You Shouldn’t Do, That I Did, And It Still Worked!

There are many things that I tell new riders to our sport of endurance that you shouldn't do: don't over-condition your horse as they need time to rest between rides; don't feed lots of...

Natural Trimming, What Is It?

The horse hoof is a magnificent piece of workmanship. It is complex, yet simple. It is a pump and a shock absorber. In order for it to do it's job properly, it must be...

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