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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:   flat heels,  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 old, 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…

Below, is 1week shoes off, so nail holes break the outer walls, right away.  Hot-shoeing burns the wall and whiteline dry, which normally are more elastic.  To track the angles;  see these wall 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 response with our trim guidelines. IMG_4255

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

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hoof internal capsule

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Some trim methods  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 -without a iron shoe?

We follow research by vets, natural hoofcare associations and  Barefoot 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.

We support only methods that bring comfort and better 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!