There is one main reason why we need to talk about trimming hooves: lack of movement. In captivity, most of our equine stock are unable to adequately wear down their hooves.
Overgrown hooves can be painful and cause damage, so we intervene to keep them healthy. Using the natural wear pattern of wild mustangs as a basis, we provide a hoof trimmed similar to how a horse would wear down its hooves if it could travel 20-30 miles per day like the wild mustangs and feral horses.
We sculpt hooves to approximate the shape of self-trimming hooves found on the wild horse in order to complement their anatomy and physiology. We treat each hoof on each horse as its own unique entity by respecting certain landmarks that exist on every hoof. We also appreciate that sculpting a horse’s hooves with tools shapes them without the horse having to range miles a day, and recognize a big difference between self-trimming and sculpted hooves --the presence of more calluses. In addition to corrective trimming, adjusting the diet and living conditions of your horse is vital to healthy hooves.
These hooves are healthy, strong and capable of carrying a rider/pack saddle, or jumping, competing or just having fun!
It turns out that trimming hooves for barefoot performance is wildlydifferent than trimming hooves
to fit steel shoes.
Serving the Bitterroot Valley, Western Montana
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