The Horse's Hoof: A Bridge Across Hoof Care

by Yvonne Welz ©2007

Whether you are just now learning about barefoot for the first time, or you've been barefoot trimming since the "turn of the century," -- either way, you know that there are different methods, philosophies, and schools of thought about barefoot hoof care. This can be confusing even for the advanced folks -- much less the newbies!

Where does The Horse's Hoof fit into all of this? Where do we stand? Very simply, we endorse no method, but present them all equally and with respect. We are not here to tell you what is right and what is wrong, but present the information to you, encourage you to educate yourself, and learn, learn, learn! We've tried our best to personally learn as much as we can about every method over the years, we've been formally schooled in some and informally in others, and we continue to learn every day -- as we believe the learning never stops.

We believe that "methods" evolve from people's own experiences, and are often developed simply as "teaching tools." Since we all have different experiences, there is so much to be gained from learning about various different methods. Sometimes there are many roads that lead to Rome! What may appear contradictory on the surface, is often not so, when examined with an open mind.

Ultimately, no one "owns" the best or most correct way to trim horses' hooves -- we are all on a journey together, and we have only just begun to discover what the horse and its hooves have to teach us. All we have to do is listen. Right now, we are sitting at the doorstep to the next evolution of hoof care!

Here at The Horse's Hoof, we try hard to be the bridge that links together the common elements between all good hoof care methods from all sources. Everyone wants sound, healthy hooves that withstand the stresses of daily use and improve over time. There is no right and no wrong when it comes to exploring techniques and methods - there is only the horse, and in the end, it is the horse which dictates the choices we make.

Please consider The Horse's Hoof to be your bridge across hoof care. Both our website and our magazine will continue to present to you -- without bias or judgment -- the latest knowledge and information from a wide variety of experts and resources from around the world.

(June 2007)

©2007 by The Horse's Hoof. All rights reserved. No part of these publications may be reproduced by any means whatsoever without the written permission of the publisher and/or authors. The information contained within these articles is intended for educational purposes only, and not for diagnosing or medicinally prescribing in any way. Readers are cautioned to seek expert advice from a qualified health professional before pursuing any form of treatment on their animals. Opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher.


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