How to Achieve Hoof Growth Equilibrium

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...

Get the Drift

Submitted by David Landreville, Guest HCP The photos below are the right front foot of a right fore-limb dominant Warmblood. She stands 17h and has size four feet. These photos span five months time. The...

Conditioning from the Ground Up

Submitted by David Landreville, Guest HCP Every step a horse takes can either build them up or break them down. Every serious rider is aware of the benefits of conditioning their horses bodies through regular...

DHF Addressing Hoof Distortion: Slippering Heels

There are many ideas surrounding how to address the back of the foot with our trim. Heels, bars, frog...some trimming techniques are more aggressive than others, recommending more or less removal of material. I was...

That’s Not The Shape of My Hoof

Submitted by David Landreville, Guest HCP Blogger When 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...

High and Low From Above

Okay, let's do it, let us move higher. At least a few feet above the hoof level: This horse's front left hoof is ahead of the right one. Left hoof is also larger, has a...

Stella is 1/10th Goldfish: The After Shots

I mentioned that I was going to leave her flaky sole in there and just lower that hoof wall to get her sole more in contact with the ground. I could've knifed out the...

Stella’s Hooves: Before Shots

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...

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...

Floating The Heel

Finally we have successfully rebalanced the hooves and achieved an accurate M/L balance, only to discover to our dismay a few weeks later that same M/L imbalance again. What went wrong with our last...

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