An example of my natural trim, side view. Taken summer of 2017 on an 4 year old Quarab gelding, Splash of Bend. This was Splash's first trim and this shot shows the mustang roll (bevel) around the outer edge of the hoof wall and the scooped quarters. Both are identifyers of a barefoot trim and both strategies prevent the cracking that is common when a hoof is trimmed straight without this mustang roll or quarter scoop.
"I treat your horse as a whole equine rather than just a hoof that needs to stay still. I will assess your horse's overall body condition and way of going and work WITH his or her personality to make trimming a pleasant, rather than fearful experience. My knowledge of equine anatomy will help the hoof heal itself through the trim cycles."
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Natural hoofcare allows the hoof to function naturally as an entire unit, and can still allow you to ride completely barefoot for most distances and in most footing situations without boots.
Natural hoofcare or Barefoot trim is an essential part of keeping your horse healthy and strong. I have personally switched from rigid shoes to barefoot because natural hoofcare saves lives! Most horses that develop founder can be rehabilitated by first eliminating the shoes that caused it in the first place. Second, an improved diet can bring the damaged hoofs back to health. I have been an avid horsewoman all of my life, trained my first horse (a mustang) at 12 years old with Centered Riding techniques, and have ridden endurance since 2003.
All this time, I have realized that the best way to keep myself as a rider safe is to keep one's horse as comfortable and willing as possible. Before trying out some new training technique, I will always look to the horse for signs of distress or discomfort. Many problems can be eliminated by ruling out saddle fit, internal discomfort, and anything that keeps a horse from really striding out and enjoying himself. I have had to rule out young endurance prospects simply because years of bad trimming or shoeing had given them arthritis, and I have had older horses that had to be put down due to years of uninformed hoofcare catching up with them and having their hooves literally fall apart so they could no longer hold their own weight. I have also had horses founder in the middle of winter when they had very little to eat. All of these experiences have led to an exhaustive amount of knowledge that I have gained about assessing a horse's ease of motion, nutritional needs, and overall contentment.
What does this have to do with hoof trimming? First of all, I treat your horse as a whole equine rather than just a hoof that needs to stay still. I will assess your horse's overall body condition and way of going and work WITH his or her personality to make trimming a pleasant, rather than fearful experience. My knowledge of equine anatomy will help the hoof heal itself through the trim cycles. I will help your horse be comfortable without boots, but if you are riding many miles or on rocky surfaces, I can help you choose the type of boot that will get you on the trail quickly.
Please feel free to call me and discuss your horse(s) trimming needs.
-Wendy Hutchens, October 2014
Natural Hoof Care Practitioner