The Natural Angle

Popular trends or "fads" come and go. Ideas of what’s politically right and wrong shift with the times, but some things never change. The laws of Nature are not affected by popular opinion; when Columbus sailed to America the world was already round although the people thought it flat. My message is not one of  […]

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Shoeing For Rough Country Riding

We all love to ride our horses in beautiful places. Many of the most scenic places in the world are miles off the road, in rough country that can turn a wonderful ride into a nightmare if an accident occurs. We are often unaware of the many potential dangers that are associated with this grand […]

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Shoeing the Gaited Horse

Ho boy! Here’s a subject that is surely hot among gaited horse owners. Perhaps understandably so. Trimming and shoeing can make or break a gaited horse, and there’s as much or more misinformation out there as there is reliable information. I’ve made a study of it, and have figured out what principles are sound, and […]

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Shoeing the Missouri Foxtrotting Horse

This year I would like to take the time to respond to some of the questions submitted to me weekly by the owner’s of Foxtrotting Horses worldwide. I have been shoeing Foxtrotters for thirty years. For many years, there have been Foxtrotters going out of Missouri. The Foxtrot is a broken gait, meaning the horse […]

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Proper Physiological Horseshoeing

There may be no other routine procedure performed on a horse that has more influence on soundness than hoof preparation and shoeing. The goal should be to promote a healthy, functional foot, restore and maintain biomechanical efficiency, and prevent lameness. Each horse should be evaluated individually, the optimal trimming and shoeing approach for that horse […]

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Natural Balance Shoeing

There have been many articles written over the last few years concerning what is being called "Natural Balance Shoeing". This is a new term for a practice called "square toe shoeing" which has been done by good farriers for decades. There is a new shoe on the market called "the natural balance shoe" which is […]

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Nutrition As It Relates To The Hoof

Common factors influencing the quality of the hoof are genetics, environment, farriery and nutrition. The horse’s hoof is made up of or affected by all components of the equine diet, including protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Since there is no one nutritional panacea for hoof health, balancing these components (based on the horse’s age […]

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Just What Is Hoof Contraction?

A Contracted hoof is one whose form has been altered so that part or all of the hoof no longer expands on weight bearing or even becomes narrower than before. There are several different kinds of hoof contraction, each affecting a different part of the foot. It is often the case in any given contracted […]

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