I viewed this cartoon sometime last year and at first I honestly laughed then the truth of the matter began to sink in. Sadly, in some instances this scenario is not far from the truth. The skit depicts, both sides of the coin; hoof care practitioner/farrier and veterinarian. I want to be perfectly clear that the purpose here is not to discredit any one group but bring in focus the need to work together for the sake of the horse. Advancements in horse care are taking place like no other time in history. Barefoot trimming and natural horse care has become main stream. Why? Because it works! If it didn’t it would have been gone years ago. Agreed? Natural hoof care along with natural horse-keeping practices has a solid record of healing horses and keeping them sound. Will it fix or be the cure all for every horse, no; common sense tells us that. There are few absolutes when it comes to horses. 

We are all entitled to our opinions when it comes to horse hoof problems and hopefully we can find it within ourselves to be humble and open enough to learn from each other. No question there will be times we must agree to disagree. That’s reasonable, right? Bottom line: politics, pride, ego, greed and selfish competition have no place here and leaves the horse to pay the ultimate price.

Working together for the benefit of the horse who is at our mercy should be our first priority. Whether you are a barefoot trimmer, horse shoer or veterinarian it is imperative to keep an open mind, be courteous and professional to one another and strive to reach common ground for the horses sake. Lets be flexible to try new things and if they don’t work, be open to try something else. Doing the same thing over and over hoping to get a different result is the definition of insanity. 

Many of you have excellent working relationships with other equine professionals and I applaud you. These relationships are a valuable resource, cultivate them. Remember you can be the bigger person, reach out and cross those party lines and be an example of what true professionalism looks like.  

Debbie Schwiebert


Vet Dealer & Hoof Care Practitioner Accounts

I manage the hoof care practitioner and veterinarian dealer accounts at EasyCare. An integral part of my job is to stay current in all areas of barefoot hoof care, which enables me to serve this vital group of EasyCare dealers at the next level.