About barefoot trimming
A barefoot trimmer is not just trimming a barefoot horse. Barefoot trimming is about seeing the whole horse, and using all this information to base decisions on.
Besides the horse's conformation, posture and movement, we also need to take it's lifestyle and diet into account.
- A barefoot horse owner.
- A horse owner that is interested in improving their horse's (hoof) health.
- Or an owner of a shod horse who wants to transition to barefoot (it's more then just taking off the shoes! Read my blog about this)
The best results happen when the owner is dedicated! Make the changes, do the aftercare, stick to a regular trimming cycle and have patience!
I am a graduate of the School of Barehoof Strategy year 2018/2019.
This school teaches an in-depth understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the horses hoof, along with the hoof issues regarding nutrition, environment, common disease and genetics, and this is only a fraction of the lessons taught. Approaching the trim as a "whole horse trim", warrants a wider scope of the horses body and how this effects the trimmers strategy. (from www.barehoof.com)
In January 2020 I did an apprenticeship with two Equine Podiatrists in the U.K.
From 2016 to 2018, I have also done several hoof health and trimming workshops and educated myself through watching and talking with professionals, books and internet.
During a trim I like to see a horse that's able to stand and give and hold it's hoof without much problems. Safety and comfort does come first, both for me ánd the horse. I feel I have the right to stop an appointment if I don't feel safe.
A clean and dry floor to work on are much appreciated. This will make my visit quicker which is in favor of the horse too. Same goes for clean / dry hooves because muddy or wet hooves damage my tools and it will make my job slippery.
10 months, 5 trims.
Welsh D gelding.
Changes made: diet, trimming management.
Hoof changes: sole width, frog size, wall quality.
A before and after trim on a cadaver hoof
5.5 months, 4 trims.
Shetland pony gelding.
Changes made: everything.... lifestyle, diet and trimming management.
Hoof changes: wall quality, growth angle, frog size. Pony also lost weight and lost his cresty neck.
Pre trim pictures of a pony showing a new hoof wall angle coming through. This happened because the pony changed owners. From not being trimmed that often with her previous owner, to being trimmed every 4 weeks by me with her new owner.
A long and forward foot puts a lot of unneeded stress on the tendons and joints, plus it negatively alters the ponies point of breakover, thus her stride and movement. A shorter toe is what we're after, but the structures inside the hoof capsule need time to change too, which is why a cycle of every 4 weeks was suggested. In the picture you can see new hoof wall angle growing down. This is pre our 3th trim and pre 4th trim.
Left is a pre-trim picture of a Thoroughbreds left front hoof. On the right is the same hoof after it's 3rd trim. There are 11 weeks in between those pictures. See how much bigger and rounder the hoof has become? This hoof now has a greater weight bearing surface.