Step by Step Trim Progression

I talk a lot here about how to go about trimming a hoof, but this week, I wanted show a hoof at each stage of my trim. Before we start, though, I think this is...

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...

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...

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 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...

Keeping Up With the Trim

How often do you need to trim your horses hooves? The answer to this question will vary widely, because horses in different situations wear their feet differently. On one end of the scale, we have heard...

Tips From an Amateur Trimmer – “Boot Maine-ia”

A few weeks ago I received a set of Grips and a set of studded Gloves to test in snow and ice here in the frozen Northeast.  Since that first successful test, we've had an...

Fixing Under-Run Heels

Like most people, I used to depend on my farrier to keep my horse trimmed and did barefoot trims every 6 weeks. Living in Washington, there isn't a big choice of farriers with barefoot...

Uno’s Official 2011 Boot Sizing Ceremony

Well, so much for my "Trimming Day" plan - a two-week bout of lurgy sickness resulted in a stupendous 4 out of 24 feet being trimmed. Better than nothing, but not exactly what I'd...

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,...

RECENT POSTS