How to Achieve Hoof Growth Equilibrium

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Horses' hooves are highly regenerative. They are designed to be a sustainable structure that not only lasts a lifetime but improves over time. When the horse's weight is continually and properly balanced over the...

That’s Not The Shape of My Hoof

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Submitted by David Landreville, Guest HCP BloggerWhen trimming horses' hooves, finding the true form is very much like sculpting. It's not the kind of sculpting that first comes to mind though, where you would...

3 Tips for Successfully Using the EasyShoe Flex Clips

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Think about this for a moment - horses are shod statically for when they are in dynamic motion. It seems incredible that we shoe a horse standing for when he is moving. It's a...

How a Horse’s Hoof Grows!

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Hoof growth is one of the most important considerations in barefoot hoof physiology. Hoof growth occurs from the coronary band down toward the toe. The average hoof grows 1/4 to 3/8 inch per month....

Rounding the Corner

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Submitted by David Landreville of Landreville Hoof CareThere are a lot of trim methods out there teaching how to address heel height without mentioning heel shape. The shape of the heels are meant to...

A Barefoot Hoof Trimmer’s Guide to Tool Use

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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...

The Myth of Matching Feet

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Most barefoot horses do not have perfectly matching feet. Why? Often, the shapes of the coffin bones inside them are very different. When the bone angles vary by up to 15°, is it any...

Hoof Capsule Distortions, Part 4

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In the last three posts we examined the different reasons as to why hoof capsules get stressed and distorted. In today's final instalment we conclude with a discussion about the sole and its function....

Hoof Care Practitoner Tip Of The Week- Hoof Knife Sharpening

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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...

Snow Days!

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Keeping consistent with my recently decided goal of staying positive all winter, I have been trying to make something good out of something that we might normally complain about this time of year. We...