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Barefoot Trimming

$40 per horse

I will not take a horse that Kicks or Bites.



What is barefoot trimming?

 Barefoot trimming or Natural Hoof Care is a completely different approach than the a "pasture trim" that farriers use. I trim for a natural and hard barefoot hoof. There is a special way a hoof must be trimmed to get solid and healthy hooves, based on studies from Pete Ramey

 The trim I use is based on the wild horse's hooves. We want our domesticated horses, who've had shoes and poor trims to reform back to a properly shaped hoof that has proper hoof function.

 We are trying to make the outside of the hoof match the inside of the hoof, as nature intended it to be.   


           Why is barefoot better than shoes? 

Shoes cause more harm than good. Hooves are designed to move or flex, much like a human foot. Hooves contain arteries and blood vessels. Every time a bare hoof lands or loads, it expands and fills with blood. When the hoof lands it acts as a pump when it is lifted again it compresses and pumps blood back up the leg.  A shod hoof simply cannot expand, therefore it  reduces blood circulation. In contrast the bare hoof flexes and can function normally pumping blood back up through the leg.   

  The hoof also goes numb due to the decreased blood flow from wearing shoes. Shoes can even cause numbness in the leg as well. This is the reason shoes make a sore horse sound. If you think about it, there’s no logical reason that a thick piece of metal which surrounds the outside of the hoof wall would protect your horse's sole from rocks.  After all  many rocks, are the size of a quarter if not larger. Shoes offer no protection to the sole.

  Shoes are also used to "reduce chipping of the hoof wall". However, this is a practice that  can cause more damage to the hoof since we are driving nails into the hoof wall which can weaken the wall. Placing shoes on a chipping hoof can also cause the hoof wall to separate from the white line causing further lameness which your horse may not feel due to the lack of blood circulation to the hoof. However proper barefoot trimming  can reduce chipping when done on a regular schedule to maintain proper hoof length and reduce over growth.

  A natural hoof also has lower heels. The frog must touch the ground to absorb the impact of all the bones in the leg. On a shod hoof, the frog is elevated to the point that it cannot reach the ground. This causes all the bones in the leg to hang suspended and weigh on the navicular bone and ligaments. Shod heels are also forced to pull inward on landing, instead of expanding as they would on a bare hoof, and contract and compress around the navicular bone.  Eventually this causes what farriers have termed “navicular syndrome”.   Many “navicular” horses can be cured within months of starting a proper barefoot trim, simply because their hooves can now work as nature intended them.   

 Shoes cause the walls of the hoof to become weight bearing structures.    Hoof walls are not designed to bear weight, but rather the sole should hold the weight of the horse.  When we load the walls, we cause pressure and force the walls apart and away from the inner structures, potentially inducing a mechanical laminitic state. By leaving the hoof barefoot and providing a mustang roll, we allow the walls to actually push together. This also aids in the blood pumping nature of the hoof.  The soles are designed to bear the weight of the hoof, and leg bones, pump blood up the leg and protect the hooves naturally. When allowed to do their job your horse's hooves can actually become stronger.