Barefoot Trimming

What is Barefoot trimming and why should you try it?

Horses were created and born barefoot. Shoes were introduce as a commodity by humans to prevent hooves from over trimming while travelling long distances on harsh terrains. It was then a necessity considering the nomadic lifestyle of humans since the horse was used as a way of transport. 

Times have changed. Horses are now a hobby, a sport, no longer a vehicle. Therefore, when aware of terrain and environment, an owner can assist and provide care to the horse to be and remain barefoot while performing its activities.

Barefoot and barefoot trimming are 2 separate things. Barefoot is the term used when the hoof isn’t shoed. Barefoot trimming is the work performed to maintain the hoof in a healthy and functioning form when it isn’t shoed. There are many different types of trimming that have been developed. Trimming should be perceived as an art. The art to see where the hoof is at, the direction it wants to take and where it should be and achieve balance based on the horse’s conformation. Every trim has to be done taken in consideration the needs of the hoof at the time, the terrain, what is to be achieved.

Barefoot provides better blood flow as the hoof expands on concussion, protect joints from concussion as it absorbs shocks, provides balance when trimmed accordingly.

The trim is based on bevelling of the wall as the hoof needs it. Different bevels are applied as required. Allowing buttress to come in for support at the back of the hoof and redirecting it where it should be. Slowly, as the growth comes in, achieving a well balanced hoof by adjusting flares as required.

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What does Freedom and Equine Park offer?

I can assist if you are looking for a trimmer, want to learn how to trim, regain soundness and bounce in your horse’s stride, remove shoes and go barefoot, if your horse requires a maintenance trim or a rehab trim ( founder, laminitis, navicular, high/low, under run heels, body issues, seedy toes, flares, stretched laminae, and many more).

You can contact me to:

  • Come and assess your horse’s hooves and assess the bio mechanic of your horse affected by the current balance of the hooves
  • Trim with ongoing review of the progress with photos taken at each trim
  • Assist you to trim, if you want to learn

The trim method I use is based on bevelling of the wall as the hoof needs it. Different bevels are applied as required. Allowing buttress to come in for support at the back of the hoof and redirecting it where it should be. Slowly, as the growth comes in, achieving a well balanced hoof by adjusting flares as required.

Barefoot trimming Costs

  • ​Visit and assessment ( approximately 2 hours): within 45km $60, within 90km $70
  • 2nd horse and more $50
  • Trim + myo functional therapy package: within 50km $110, within 80KM $120