Heel To Toe
Natural Hoof Care
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Every horse is, of course, an individual, but generally my clients are on a 5 week trim schedule to ensure continued balance and integrity of their horse's hooves.


In a typical trim I will:

1.  Observe the hoof, angle of growth, flare, cracks and hoof balance.

2.  Remove any built up dead sole from the bottom of the hoof.

3.  Remove loose flaps of frog which could lead to fungal infection.

4.  Remove overgrown hoof wall above the heathy sole.

5.  Lower the heels if necessary to encourage proper placement of the coffin bone and encourage a heel first landing.

6.  Check the balance of the hoof.

7.  Apply the rounded edge or "Mustang Roll" to the edge of the hoof wall.

8.  Apply fungal treatment to any areas that may need it.

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Please understand that the best trim in the world can only help so much if the horse is eating an unhealthy diet, if his lifestyle is limited in movement, if his tack is causing pain or if he asked to do a job he is neither mentally or physically built to do.
I will work beside you to do my part in trimming the foot to set it up for success, but if other factors are not in place, a strong, healthy barefoot will be difficult to acheive.
 


Most horses transition to barefoot without a missed step, however from time to time some may need to wear hoof boots during riding to allow their feet to "toughen up".  (Much like when you begin walking barefoot in summer after a long winter in shoes.)
Use of boots should never be considered a failure nor reason to shy away from "going barefoot".  Today's boots offer much protection, allow healthy circulation provide shock absorbtion and are easily taken on and off as needed.

I offer Easy Care boots and protective pads for sale, individually fitted, of course.
I also offer boots and soaking boots for rental.
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