Barefoot Hoof Care

Barefoot Hoof Care Information

Recognizing, Evaluating & Understanding Hoof Distortions and How They Relate to Lameness


There are many common factors connected with lower limb lameness (LLL).  Horses that are driven or ridden in a straight line are less affected by lower limb lameness than those horses who are asked to continually and repeatedly turn circles and make complicated lateral movements.

The Barefoot Horse - Balancing the How, Why & When?

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  • August 10, 2010
By: Patty Stiller, CNBBT, CNBF, CLS, CE Copyright © 2010        Many horse owners today are considering permanently taking shoes off their horses. These decisions stem from many factors. Some of these decisions are financial, while ...

Step-by-Step Barefoot Trimming Protocol

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  • July 7, 2010
  7 Step E.L.P.O. Hoof Trimming Protocol   (Steps 1 – 4 are the same as the Live Sole-Hoof Mapping Protocol)   1. Recognize the Distortions: (Note any distortions or non-distortions you see!) 2. Exfoliate the Foot ...

Step-by-Step Hoof Mapping Protocol

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  • July 7, 2010

The following is the basic E.L.P.O. protocol for the 4 Step Live Sole Recognition and Hoof Mapping process.  These guidelines are followed in every approach to hoof care, whether it be trimming, shoeing or just evaluating hoof distortions.

Recognizing Hoof Distortions

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  • July 7, 2010

View/Print/Download a Brochure that will show you how to "Recognize Hoof Distortions".  This brochure is intended for horse owner, trainers, farriers, veterinarians, and any other hoof care novice or professional.

3 Basic Goals of Barefoot Hoof Care

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  • June 23, 2010
          Barefoot trimming involves many factors that must be employed in order for it to be a successful venture.  Some primary components are: environment, husbandry, hoof health and expectations.  As a hoof care provider, you may only hav...