When we talk about different barefoot trimming methods, we need to refer to those that include natural living conditions as an important factor of going barefoot and horses health in general.
A natural barefoot trim attempts to simulate the hoof of a wild horse – that is one that is living in natural conditions. Barefoot trimmers focus on the natural integrity of the equine foot, with its physiologically correct hoof form.
Experts in Farrier Science study the wild horses' hooves for more insight into how mankind can better simulate the ideal hoof in our modern, captive conditions. However, it is important that the parameters for a barefoot trim be developed from a wide range of feral equines, and not be based on just one wild horse, in one small area of the world.
Wild horses live all over the world, in various terrains, climates, and environment and their hooves have adapted. The most important parameters in common throughout the wild species of the world are low heels, rounded toes and functional, sound feet.
Its not just about trimming the horses hoof! My Trimming techniques
are about the whole horse. Holistic hoof care adequate
turn out, nutrition, and exercise.
Not all horses can go barefoot, I work hard to make sure the horse
is able to go barefoot in the most extreme level of performance.
I trim to the widest part of the weight bearing frog.
In doing this it helps to get a heel first landing which promotes
proper shock absorbing with in the hoof capsule. One of the first things we need to understand that going
barefoot with a Natural Trim doesn't just mean going with out horse shoes!
It's a way of life in feeding, exercising, and giving them mental
stimulation every day for their well being. When we domesticate
them we now have a huge responsibility to take care of there daily needs. I have made it my Focus to help Horse Owners transition
from Shoes to Barefoot where possible.
Horses eat 18 hours a day in the wild. Their stomachs are small, relatively speaking and can only hold 2 - 4 liters of substance at a time.
The gut continually produces acids to break down the feedstuffs on a
24 hour basis. When horses have nothing in their stomach the acids
will still be excreted into the stomach. If that continues for some time
the acids in the stomach will begin to erode in inner lining of the stomach.
If supplementing grain for the hay, 4 smaller feedings a day is preferable
to just 1 or 2 feedings a day. Smaller amounts of grain the better
and just give it to them more times in a day. This will mimic more
closely a horse being in a more natural environment.
If we do our diligence were we can. We can over come and rehabilitate some of these common hoof problems like: Laminitis, Founder, Navicular, Cracking, White Line Disease,
"Club" feet, Gait Problems,
Quarter Cracks, Long Toe/"Low" Heel