Cracking the Code on Hoof Cracks

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...

The Importance of the “Before and After”

We love to do before and after photo comparisons. They're fun and educational for us trimmers and also for our clients, the horse owners. I'm often surprised at how much has changed. I usually take...

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...

How to Check Hoof Balance

Want to impress your trimmer? A fun exercise to try at home is determining if your horse’s hoof is balanced. All you need is a ruler and a permanent marker. Hoof care professionals have different...

The Mystery of the Collateral Grooves

Original article by Maria Siebrand of The Thoughtful Horseman. Measuring Uniform, Adequate Sole Depth Using the Collateral Grooves The above image is from Marjorie Smith's barefoothorse.com (thank you, Marjorie!) but I've relabeled the image because...

Rounding the Corner Part 2

Submitted by David Landreville of Landreville Hoof Care This article is a continuation of my previous article, Rounding The Corner. The following photo collage is a good example of how I encourage a lower heel...

Is Your Horse Really a Goat?

With all the different trim styles out there it can be difficult to make value decisions for your horse’s feet. Every horse is different, and depending on the environment, the horse’s job and where...

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...

Horse Hoof Trimming Using a Disc Grinder

Another Skeptic Converted to Barefoot Grinder Trimming by Carolyn Dierksen The story I would like to tell you here is about a new method of hoof care, introduced to me by Phil Morarre. I first...

Managing the Club Hoof

Many articles have been written about club 'footed' horses. Actually, horse do not have 'feet', dogs and humans do, but horses have hooves. Therefore the term 'barefoot', as much as it is in common...

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