I have had my horses barefoot for years now and started trimming them myself last year. I have researched a lot of the natural barefoot schools of thought but I am interested to see if anyone out there is a die-hard proponent for one method over another? There’s a lot of heated discussion over peripheral loading or not and mustang rolls and heel height etc.
Every horse is different.
One of my horses needs the mustang roll, where the other needs a medium heel height and needs to be very round in front and more squared in back, because of him having ringbone and a stifle injury. It just helps with his breakover.
As long as you know that your horses are balanced, I think it’s all depending on the horse and more power to you for being able to do it yourself!
I’ve looked into some of the schools in my area just to try and save money. But some of the schools are kind of expensive and you have to live there..and I can’t be away from my horses that long.
"Take the time it takes, so that it takes less time."
"Expect a lot, accept a little, reward often."
I’ve been trimming my own horses now for about 4 years. In those few years I’ve been through a couple different methods, finally settling on one that has worked wonders for my horses. (They started off with cracks up to the hair line in almost every hoof – it was really bad. A few abscesses too. Now they have solid feet, completely sound on grass or gravel.)
The method I definitely recommend I learned from a book by Pete Ramey “Making Natural Hoof Care Work for You”. This is an awesome how-to book. It really explains why to trim that certain way too. The book also explains how to trim horses that have very different feet from each other.
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