Here are some practical tips to make natural hoof care easier and save you some money.
Aiming for self-trimming horse hooves - By Cynthia Cooper What is a self-trimming horse? They aren’t trained to use farrier tools on themselves that’s for sure! A self-trimming horse is a barefoot horse that wears their hooves naturally, without the intervention of tools to maintain soundness and good hoof function. All wild horses are self-trimming with their hooves varying according to [...]
The Art and Science of Feeding Horses with Carol Layton - Feeding horses is both an art and science so Carol Layton of Balanced Equine explains how common mineral deficiencies can be solved with Balanced Equine Minerals available in our store here. In this video presentation, Carol looks at two common horse nutrition problems: Faded or sunbleached coats, and dry cracked hooves.
Seedy Toe – the quick fix and long term solution - Seedy toe (also called white line disease) used to be the one on-going issue all my horses had many years ago. That was before I refined their diet and introduced a balanced custom mineral mix which changed everything. In the process of healing their hooves, I discovered there is a quick fix to kick-start the healing, but [...]
Radius Rasp makes hoof trimming easier - I became aware of the Radius Rasp by Evolutionary Hoofcare recently, and after a few months of trying it, I loved it so much I decided to stock them. The Radius Rasp has passed my ‘Horse Endorsed’ product testing by being a tool that works well for horses and their people, assists with natural horse care, and [...]
How to Avoid Laminitis - The two most dangerous times for laminitis are in the spring and autumn, depending on where you live. Cooler climates and high altitudes can increase the potential for laminitis as the day and night temperatures fluctuate, along with the amount of sunlight and daylight hours. For example, if you live in the southern states of Australia, northern [...]
Make Your Own Safe Hoof Stand - This safe and easy to make hoof stand was put together from items you can find at most recycling shops or even from around your own place. To start with you need a removeable agitator from the centre of an older style washing machine – the larger ones are better as they have a larger, [...]
A CURE FOR SEEDY TOE - Seedy toe seems to be one of the most common afflictions to a horse’s hooves and can best be described as a fungal infection which enters through the white line where it has been weakened either by excess hoof growth, horse shoe nails or sub-clinical laminitis. It gets its name from most commonly being found [...]
Easy Hoof Bath to Make in Minutes - With the current drought a hoof bath for daily soaking will not only keep your horse’s hooves healthy and supple, but easier to trim too. Here is an inexpensive version that takes minutes to put together once you have the following materials on hand; 4 poles or ‘sleepers’ – 2 long ones approx. 2m and [...]
Soft Touch Natural Hoof Care with Phil Morarre - This beautifully produced DVD is very easy to listen to and watch. Phil has a good clear way of describing barefoot hoof care concepts such as: Why do people shoe? The mechanics of the hoof Problems and lameness Benefits of barefoot Making the transition The interview style of presentation is interspersed with testimonials from trimmers [...]
Learning Hoof Care - Learning hoof care may not even be on your radar. For some, caring for their horse’s hooves involves the occasional check, clean, and a visit from the farrier/barefoot trimmer/equine podiatrist every month or two. Others like myself are trimming their own horses to either save money or be more responsible for their horse’s care overall. [...]
Easy ways to learn hoof care - Have you ever wanted to learn how to trim your horse’s hooves or keep them tidy between farrier visits? But don’t know where to start? Here are some suggestions, narrowed down from the vast number of courses. Online learning is a great place to start. When you’ve got the basics solid in your mind, [...]