horses hoof care needs.
Our horses are part of our Family.
They hold a very special place in
They are our partners in our work
They provide us pleasure.
In return we care for their needs.
It is important to understand that
in this domesticated existence in which they live horses are
completely vulnerable to the conditions we impose on them.
They depend on us for shelter, food
and health care.
Because of this we must assume the
role of advocate for the horses well being.
To be your horses advocate you must
master the knowledge necessary to make good decisions.
Of particular importance is your
horses hoof health.
As your horses hoof health advocate
you must attain a level of knowledge that will allow you to oversee
the work of your hoof care provider.
I do not in any way mean that you
need to learn to trim or shoe your horse.
What I am saying is that you must
understand the uniqueness of your horse as an individual and what
your horse’s specific needs are.
You need to be able to recognize
when your horse is in its comfort zone and what was necessary to get
Establishing a data base is your
You will develop a history of his
work and his care in the past.
You will look at his present work
You will develop a plan for the
goals you want to accomplish.
Putting all of this information
together you will get a word picture that will allow you to
communicate effectively with your hoof care provider.
You need to know when your horse is
balanced and in his comfort zone.
Balance is not some allusive
Set formulas are almost impossible
to apply to living beings; there are just too many variables and
If your horse is out of balance i.e.
his parts don’t appear to flow together, stress will result. And
stress will cause problems.
Learning to identify this physical
harmony of parts in your horse is important.
This is done through observation.
Look at your horses conformation,
how he stands at rest, how he uses his body to move forward.
The position and placement of his
feet and legs will determine his ability to move forward.
Imbalance will complicate his
efforts to go forward.
By learning to see when your horse
is in his comfort zone you will be better able to oversee his hoof
All horses are trimmed the
same…except for the difference!
The musculoskeletal structure of
every horse is essentially the same.
The things that make your horse
Keeping your horse barefoot is only
appropriate if your horse can comfortably and safely continue to do
the job you have assigned to him.
Formulaic procedures simply do not
work on every horse.
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