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What makes a natural bare foot?

Our model is based on the wild horse’s foot found in the American West. These horses travel many kilometres a day over some of the most rugged terrain known. Yet they do not suffer lameness caused by laminitis or navicular disease as their domestic cousins do.

We support the whole horse.  What we feed them, how they are housed, and the condition of their feet, all profoundly impact this noble animal’s health. Our model is found in nature. Even our domestic horses can develop a well connected and highly conditioned hoof; if provided the proper tools.

As trained hoof care practitioners, we do not carve into the sole of the hoof or pare down the frog. The concavity seen in this domestic racehorse’s hoof was built naturally by the horse himself. A knife was never used to carve the sole to obtain this deep concavity.

The sole is the window to the hoof. Barefoot hoof trimmers who understand how to read the live sole and the healing angle of the hoof will address hoof pathology noninvasively.  This is how soundness is achieved in each horse.  A natural barefoot trim is an important part of optimal health.

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