Author Archives: Marcy Coelho

Got Hoof? Barefoot trimming and Hoof Solutions

If you have a horse in shoes, you might think they will ”always need shoes”, even though they are struggling with:   crushed heelbulbs,  under-run heels,  high/low syndrome,  navicular,  collateral ligament strain,  ringbone/sidebone,  “jewelry”,  Arthritis…  bursitis,  caudal heel pain… You may have been told some of these things are (barely) manageable/ Not correctable/  or even just ”Genetic”.     Don’t give up yet!

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These steel shoes were only 3weeks new, but you can see the swollen hock and fetlocks, from the long-toe mechanical dysfunction.   What amount of bodywork, supplements, or anti-inflammatory injections will get to the bottom of it?   Chronic stiffness, swelling, and asymmetry in shoulders, back, movement… the body can only compensate these mechanics for how long.

Below, is 1week shoes off, so nail holes break out the outer walls, right away.  Hot-shoeing melts the wall and dries out the whiteline by burning, these normally are more elastic.  To track the angles;  see these hoofwall tubules are very slanted in the heel and quarters of these front feet: “Under Run”, not supporting the weight of this horse, vertically. The heel bulbs are too low/ on the floor.  It would appear a low-hoof needs ‘wedges’,  but we have excellent turn around  with our trim guidelines. IMG_4255

NOT ALL BAREFOOT trims are equal…   when the farrier ‘leaves the shoe off’  he has still trimmed the hoof as if it would get steel nailed on.  This  leads to flaring, (distortion)  then chipping, in a short while.   Natural hooves look much better!   Just like a football player’s helmet fits over his skull because its form fitted.   That means the internal anatomy of the entire hoof must be known,  respected, AND protected!

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hoof internal capsule

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Some trim techniques  don’t respect the frog and heels enough for the horse’s ongoing COMFORT.  Horses that get ‘ouchie’ after a trim need more protection developed!  Does your trimmer or farrier know how to make the outer hoof capsule protect , and grow thicker, stronger sole depth?

We follow research by vets, natural hoofcare associations and  Barefoot case studies.   Not only have Xrays gone digital, and are far more accurate…  hoof research has brought us detailed,  better understanding of what the hoof needs to perform, in a modern day world.

We support only methods that bring better comfort and better mechanical function to the horses.   The goal is to remodel distortions and build stronger, healthier hooves, for our modern, domestic horses. ”No hoof,  no horse”….. Got Hoof?   we do!


Lincoln 4th Level champion

4th Open Champion Linc

Black Tie Gold Dressage show at RMSJ Sept 9/10 was a great result for Lincoln …who only started learning the new tests just a few weeks before! _4th Level Open Champion_ He just got better and better with each ride.   Sparkle and Spurs in Edmonton was a trial run for 4th level (2x 2nd), off course- of course! but his 3rd level was way better this year :-)  (2x 1st) … so in the name of determination and experience, we set out to smooth the edges and practice. Super proud to have raised Lincoln from a baby; to have gotten this far;  and for his fantastic humour at trying all my fun ideas!

Straightness Training in Canada April 8-10 workshop

St logo clear

Thank you to Straightness Training certified Instructor Kim Steutel from Amsterdam for being the first ST clinician to our area. Every horse had 2 shorter sessions daily,  to work on the ST program pillars:  Groundwork with a cavesson and one line;  In Hand, uses 2-reins, cavesson and/or bridle; some Riding -in Cavesson and/or bridle, with bareback pad to feel the movements of the horse better, and we introduced  ST  Liberty tasks by the last session.

Thanks to the Participants who travelled from 4-5-7hrs from North and South to take part in the workshop! this event was filled with a 3-horse wait list in 48 hrs, then auditor limit stretched, but we still had to cap it 2 weeks prior :-)

  If you missed this one, ask us about lessons and future events!  you can also do the Online Home Study Course to start educating your horse to be more supple, coordinated, and happy…  super fun :-)


Lincoln 3rd level Sparkle & Spurs Gold show

linc1 linc2 linc3 linc4  It was  a cold and mucky  August morning… with a few bucks, passages and nostrils flaring…. Lincoln and Marcy placed 3x 2nd in the 3rd level tests 1+2, then finished the weekend with a First!  He showed a fair improvement of engagement, and impulsion, since this spring was his 3rd level debut at Ponoka Dressage Daze…he stayed in the ring, did the required movements mostly in order-lol… and didn’t jump any puddles.  what a rush!  Mission accomplished!