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Wild horse barefoot trimming methods are designed to help create and maintain a healthy sound hoof and simulate the wear patterns of naturally maintained hooves.

Natural Hoof Specialist and author Jaime Jackson says, "The bare hoof is trimmed to optimize what we call the 'hoof mechanism' - the natural flexing and contracting of the hoof as it bears weight and unloads. The mechanism is very important for optimal blood circulation and shock dissipation - in short, for a healthy hoof. The horseshoe weakens the hoof's natural structure and impedes the mechanism. It prevents natural callusing. It prevents natural shock absorbency. And it imperils every growth corium and every facet of blood circulation known in the hoof."

Barefoot Trimming

Barefoot Trimming

Sharing a major part of the weight-bearing role, the sole of a barefoot horse begins to thicken and callous, providing the utmost protection to the coffin bone and the sensitive structures within. The development of a healthy hoof allows the many nerve endings in the sole to transmit vital sensory information efficiently to the Central Nervous System thereby increasing traction, performance and ultimately increasing the horse’s confidence.

A properly functioning foot reduces impact and concussion on the entire body, provides ultimate traction and supports overall horse health. Many foot disorders actually reduce or get significantly better once a horse goes barefoot, is properly trimmed and a holistic approach to their overall care is adopted.

RESOURCES & RECOMMENDED READING: – Jaimie Jackson - Jenny Edwards – Pete Ramey – Paige Poss, Ruth Allison & Kim Cassidy - Marjorie Smith