Are you looking for a Hoof Care Provider (HPC) in Menifee, Winchester, Murrieta, Temecula, Lake Elsinore, and surrounding areas? Send me a message and we can chat!
I welcome clients who are interested in keeping their horse comfortably barefoot via maintenance trims, or who are looking to take their horse barefoot from metal shoes. As a Hoof Care Provider, I am focused on the function and ability of the natural hoof.
*Hay Testing Services
*Scoot Boot Fittings
I trim on a 4-6 week cycle unless the hoof dictates sooner. Sometimes horses need micro adjustments to continue to be comfortable. Waiting too long will only cause too much overgrowth and unbalance. This can be challenging for many horses because the trim and rebalance can create soreness. This soreness can be foot related, but most likely is located up the leg in the joints, tendons, muscles and fascia.
I am a member of the PHCP (https://progressivehoofcare.org/) pursuing certification and I have an amazing mentor that I work with, Sara Hunt. I am currently at the Independent Study Phase. I take advantage of mentorships within the program, the learning webinars, podcasts, classes and more. My focus is the hoof, but it doesn't work in isolation. Nutrition, diet and lifestyle along with body conditioning and health all play a role.
The trim should do no harm and keep the horse moving comfortably while landing heel first. Do you know what heel first landings look like? Get your phone out and video you horse in slow motion! Does your horse land heel first or are they avoiding their heels because of some type of pain or imbalance in their trim?
The trim varies horse to horse. When meeting a horse, I have to take everything into consideration. Diet, movement, history, type of riding, where the horse is kept. I watch how the horse stands and how the horse moves, it is important! A horse's body mechanics and confirmation are important too. Many times a horse is holding onto trauma or pain. This can effect the horse all the way down their boney column to the hoof.
The hoof talks. From the outside we can see events that might have influenced its growth such as an abscess, infection, or a stressful event. Do some horses have "bad" feet? Yes, but we humans created that throughout their lifetime (this is a bigger discussion for later). The quality or hoof horn reflects the horse's nutrition along with how much movement they get.
From the solar view I can get an idea of hoof health as well. Without a radiograph I can't be certain, but I can see sole thickness, bars, look at the wall connection, health of frog and caudal foot, identify balance, see pressure from the coffin bone, and see/smell thrush.
Bottom line, the foot gives away a lot of information. Unfortunately, the majority of feet we see out there in the world are unhealthy. Can they recover? That depends on your level of commitment toward your horse!
I love Scoot Boots! My horses ride in them. I do have a fit kit so I can size for you and process an order if you would like. I don't carry boots in stock or on hand, but I can still help in any way.
Composite shoes can be a life saver for a horse! I absolutely believe in them. There are many out there to choose from and finding the right one for your horse might take some time. They are a great option for owners that would like more support than boots or boots are just not working out in one way or another.
Picking your horse's feet and Thrush:
This is important! Many horses will end up with thrush in both wet and dry environments It is usually black and stinky. Thrush can eat its way to live tissue!!!
Try to pick your horses hooves daily to prevent it. Regular trims will help remove any flappy areas of the hoof that trap debris. Healthy diet can also influence thrush.
If your horse has a deep central sulcus in the middle of their frog, then they are going to be heel sore. Hoof treatment is needed as soon a possible. The quickest and easiest is diaper rash cream and foot fungus cream mixed together. Stuff the cream with cotton shreds or some gauze into the crack using a clean hoof pick. From personal experience, this is effective and does not hurt.
There are many treatments available to try depending on what is going on with the hoof. I recommend Hoof stuff or other Red Horse products (https://redhorseproducts.com/shop/hoof-care/hoof-stuff/)
Here is an example of a horse that went too long between trims and has flappy/trappy material. The "flappy" pockets, the excess bar and frog is a perfect environment for thrush to grow.