If you're not sure that natural hoof care will work for you or your horse, I can come meet you both for an assessment and recommendations.
This is a no-commitment consultation during which I will share my opinion and knowledge relevant to the information you give me.
The conclusion might very well be that your your horse is in great shape and that I wouldn't change a thing!
I think it's important to understand that I would only be able to comment on what I see that day.
For example, I cannot critique your farrier's job as I don't know what the feet looked like before nor after his work. But I could tell you that I see signs of nutritional imbalances on the hooves.
Good locomotion will not be achieved if the horse isn’t comfortable in its feet. We focus on a balanced foot that will allow for comfort and optimal locomotion for your equine.
Every trim includes an assessment (feet, stance and gaits) pre and post-trim, as well as topical treatments when needed.
My goal is not to produce and aesthetically pleasing hoof - I want it to be functional. The hooves must allow the horse to move and stand correctly.
It takes from 6 months to a year to re-balance a hoof capsule, depending on how much of the horse's lifestyle you're able to address.
Any topical treatment needed during the trim - e.g. for thrush - will be provided and is included in the price.
A study on the effects of barefoot trimming here.
In some cases, your horse might need their hooves to be protected. Here are a few examples:
In order to prevent tenderness for the first few weeks after taking the shoes off.
Your horse’s soles are really thin, causing pain and preventing proper biomechanics.
Your horse is suffering from laminitis or navicular syndrome.
Your horse lives on soft terrain but you go on trail rides on rocky terrain.
Depending on the situation, we might use Hoof Armour, Hoof casts, fit hoof boots, etc.
Click here for information on hoof boots.
Another important aspect of our Balanced Hoof Care approach is education. We believe in educating ourselves continuously, but we also believe that well-informed owners take better care of their equine friends.
Here are some great resources if you want to further your education: