A Day in the Life of a South African Hoof Care Practitoner

EasyCare is pleased to have Desiree Wadsworth of Primary Hoofcare join our team of hoof care practitioner dealers. Desiree is from East London, South Africa. Desiree, a member of Pacific Hoof Care Practitioners, recently made a...

Transition Tuesday: Looking into the Sole

Ricky Bobby is now at just over three weeks since his shoes were pulled. Last Saturday his right front sole was showing signs of shedding. I gently scraped the surface of it with a knife,...

The Myth of Matching Feet

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 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:...

It’s All About the Toe

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Booting In Vermont

Well we have had several days of rain this week and our pastures are muddier than I have ever seen them. Then the sun came out and they graded the roads and they are...

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...

Dorsal Hoof Capsule Distortions

Today we want to examine dorsal hoof capsule distortions (HCD), high and low syndromes and club feet. All dorsal HCD will again display flares, this time just dorsally. And flares are a sign of...

Hoof Capsule Distortions/Flares

This is the first issue in a mini series on hoof capsule distortions, short HCD. During these blogs, we'll examine the reasons why the occur, how we identify them, what we can do to correct...

The Frog: Bare Vs Shod

I rode a few horses barefoot the other day and out on the trail I ran into some hoof prints of a horse that was clearly wearing shoes. As I looked at the hoof...

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