Natural Hoof Care & Horse Articles

The articles, tips, and quotes you’ll find here are intended to educate those who wish to learn about natural hoof care for your horse. All information that I’ve written is based on personal experience, training, and countless hours of study. Here you will read information gathered from many of the natural hoof care experts, farriers, and scientists from around the world. I would like to make it clear that I am not claiming to be the founder of these ideas. When I can, I will give these horse and hoof care professionals credit where it is due. By no means do I ever intend to take credit for their work or forget what they have taught me.

Team Green-Barefoot & Blazin

This is an article I wrote for The Horses Hoof Magazine about one of our professional barrel racing customers, Jessica Green. Click on this link to read the full article. https://secureservercdn.net/198.71.233.109/eb6.35b.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Team-Green-Article.pdf

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Fungal Infections

Picture Above: Notice how deep the hoof pick penetrates the central sulcus. This crevice is not suppose to be there and is caused the lack of ground contact and fungal infection. I feel, along with some other farriers, that here on the Eastern Shore our biggest problem in hoof care is fungus. I can't say...

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Slow Feeders For Horses

This article isn’t directly about hoof care but about horse care and a new technique in feeding hay that I have found to be very useful. For the last two and a half years I have had our personal horses and all horses that have come in for training on slow feeders.First, let me cover why...

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Medicinal Remedies for Thrush, Central Sulcus Infections, Skin Issues, & Pesky Insects

Dakin's Solution Dakin’s Solution is an antimicrobial for use in humans. The active ingredient is Sodium Hypochlorite and it is used to prevent & treat infection of the skin and tissue, pre and post surgical uses, and skin ulcers. It is for external use only.We tested the solution on our own horses and also tested it...

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Trimming Guide for Horse Owner

This is a guide for those who are in the beginning stages of learning to trim their horses that have no current hoof pathologies. Do not attempt this unless we have worked together and decided you could. Find live sole plane. Scrape only sole in the corner of the heels until you find live sole.Trim...

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Quarters

When a hoof is filed flat as if to apply a shoe or a pasture trim, where are the first signs of trouble? In the quarters. It is usually the first area to flare, crack then break off. The reason this happens is because the hoof wall in the quarter area has nowhere to go...

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Horse Hoof Color

A study of white hooves at a microscopic level shows there is no difference in the structural integrity of a white hoof compared to a dark hoof. The only difference is that a white hoof lacks color pigment that dark hooves have. In defense of the white hoof, as a hoof care practitioner I like the...

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Training Problems or Hoof Problems

Having experience in both training and hoof care, I've had the privilege of working with a good number of horses. Some horses came to me because the owner had hit a wall in training. Their horses had become resistant to what the owner was trying to teach. Others became so ring sour they completely refused to...

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Toe First Landing

When soreness occurs in the heel area of the hoof, for whatever reason (contracted heels, fungus, deteriorated soft tissue, imbalance in the trimming or application of the shoe), the horse will begin landing toe first. Toe first landing can cause a lot of issues, none of which we want for our horse. Things like hoof...

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The Sole

Is your farrier hacking away at the live sole of your horse in order to achieve concavity? A horse's sole needs to be thick. If your sole is not thick it can not help support your horses weight. Without the support of the sole, your horse's skeletal system will primarily be held up away from the...

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Articles by Tomas G Teskey, DVM

https://www.equinextion.com/blog/breaking-traditions-by-tomas-teskey-dvm https://www.thehorseshoof.com/TeskeyNavicular.html

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Hoof Moisturizers and Hoof Dressings

Hoof moisturizers and hoof dressings have been around a very long time. I'm sure I have used a few gallons of it myself. What else was I supposed to do, my horses feet were "dry". Or so I thought. Wild horses live and thrive in some of the most arid areas on the earth yet...

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Hoof Wall

The hoof wall is the one area where traditional farriers and natural hoof care practitioners go down different roads. Because of the lack of movement over varied terrain and or the lack of proper trimming, most domesticated hooves grow too long. The hoof wall has long been seen by traditional farriers as the primary weight...

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Horses Tripping

I don't need to tell you horses tripping can be very dangerous. I have heard and seen a lot of quick fix solutions. The primary fix I hear about is to shorten the toe and increase break over. My question is why is there room to have the toe shortened? Your horse's break over should...

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Pea Gravel

At a clinic I attended by world renowned natural hoof care practitioner Pete Ramey we learned a tremendous amount of information. Of all the information Pete gave us, he stated the BEST thing we can do for our horses is to incorporate pea gravel in the horses' living area. Now Pete does not take or use words...

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Hoof Knife Sharpening by Hand

I would like to thank our friends at  Natural Hoof in New Zealand for the use of this article. Check them out at www.naturalhoof.co.nz. How To Sharpen Your Hoof Knifeby Glenn RamseySomething that I get asked a lot is how do you get your hoof knife sharp and how do you keep it that way.The short...

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The Dao of Hoof Care

The Dao of Hoof Care—thoughts on the shoes vs. barefoot debateDr. Christine King This article is inspired by a barefoot dressage horse I saw recently. I’m all for horses going barefoot, if they can comfortably live and work without shoes. I’m not adamantly opposed to shoeing horses, though, as are some of the more extreme...

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Hoof Impact Video

With Shoes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fql-xsofeg0 Without Shoes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6yLEdr2EOM&NR=1

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Horse Force Monthly Articles

April 2010 Natural Hoof Care: For a Better Bare Foot - Part I Much has been written and discussed in recent years about the natural hoof care movement. In the next few months, Horse Force Productions and Delaware Natural Hoof Care will present a series of articles covering the concepts of the bare foot movement, it's application;...

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Physiological Trimming for a Healthy Equine Foot by Dr. Robert Bowker

From the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University:Physiological Trimming for a Healthy Equine Foot More than ten years of intensive, scientific research at Michigan State University has resulted in new recommendations that are leading to relief from navicular syndrome and other chronic foot ailments in the horse.Robert Bowker, VMD, PhD, director of the...

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