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How to get as close as possible on almost any hoof, using the plexiglass guide as a tool.
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The Horse's Hoof Magazine FALL 2017-Issue 68
Released on October 1st, 2017 - 44 pages!

– From the Editor: Providing “Adequate” Living Conditions
– Dancer, a Very Special Appaloosa by Debbie Van Ord
(An Appaloosa gelding transforms from fearful “rogue” to his owner’s favorite go-to horse.)
– Revenue’s Journey by Sarah Langham
(In coastal North Carolina, a Warmblood mare named Revenue teaches her owner that the horse’s mouth is just as important as its feet!)
– Boots, Minerals and an Old Mare by Erin Wiggins
(Hawaiian horseowner finally solves the mystery behind her horses’ hoof and coat problems.)
– A Horse Named “Q” by Heidi Lowthorp
(A tragic accident threatened the future of a young dressage prospect, but this very special horse is worth the years of patient rehab...)
– Dream Horses – Like Mother, Like Daughter by Mattie Cowherd
(Special horses give us very special foals...)
– Restarting Rescues & Rehabs Under Saddley by Anna Twinney
– The Benefits of Going Treeless by Paulita Neff
– What to Say When Your Daughter Asks “Why Daddy?” by Carole Herder
– Which Bit? Which Bridle? by David Stang
– Examining the “Have to Shoe” Argument by Yvonne Welz
– Barefoot: The Solution to all Problems? by Yvonne Welz
– A Tale of Two Coronary Groovings (Reprint from THH Issue 5, Fall 2001)

Heart to Hoof Horsemanship
with Yvonne Welz in Queen Creek, Arizona!

James Welz, Phoenix, Arizona EMAIL: jim @ - PHONE: 623-935-1823 - Click here for James' webpage - hoofcare professional, trimming since 1999, special interest in creating the healthy hoof in the domestic horse. Over 16 years full-time trimming experience with hundreds of barefoot horses (200+ horses per month). Innovative techniques and method developed for barefoot success, with inspiration from the wild horse - but with attention paid to details that make his trim unique. Many satisfied customers and healthy-hooved horses trimmed for years. Easyboot Gloves fitting available for trimming clients. Please see Hoof Help Online for all the details about the Welz System of trimming! Trim training available for horseowners and local members of Hoof Help Online. European Certified in Hoof Orthopedics in 2001. Technical Editor, The Horse's Hoof Magazine and owner/developer of Hoof Help Online. Located in Queen Creek/San Tan Valley, but covering all of Phoenix Metro area.

Do you love barefoot horses? Want to learn more about barefoot trimming and natural horse care? We sell the CLASSIC original barefoot texts -- the ones upon which the barefoot movement was founded upon. If you are just starting out in barefoot hoof care, we highly recommend that you first read Strasser and Jackson's books as your initial foundation.
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"The Horse's Hoof" is this informational website, as well as a quarterly 40-50+ page FULL COLOR online magazine, published since 2000 (available in our online store). The Horse’s Hoof, both magazine and website, is a generic barefoot resource for both horseowners and professionals, created in 2000 by barefoot advocates James & Yvonne Welz. The Horse's Hoof is for everyone! We welcome and encourage all methods and theories of barefoot trimming, and support all forms of hoof care that focus on creating healthier hooves over the long-term. We advocate finding compromises to create more natural, healthier living conditions for all horses. We believe that a good system of barefoot horse care is the ultimate prevention against most serious hoof ailments that affect our domestic horses.

While barefoot can be used successfully for the rehabilitation of unhealthy feet, our main focus is on preventing unhealthy feet in the first place - through education and awareness. It is our goal that barefoot becomes a widely accepted choice for performance horses around the world, with hooves raised carefully from birth to be superior in every way. It can be done - we have that information available now, and many people are putting that to action (see the Barefoot Performance page). Using this knowledge, no horse should ever need to suffer catastrophic founder. The younger you begin a barefoot program with your horse, the better (ideally, at birth), but most horse's hooves can be significantly improved, and even become healthy enough to do whatever activity you desire. Barefoot is NOT a fad, or anything new - after all, horses were born with bare hooves. Learning to keep them that way successfully is the job of the barefoot horse owner, and we're here to help. Healthy hooves create happy horses!

The Horse’s Hoof includes a wide variety of information and links throughout this website, and in our magazine. The magazine contents are mostly different from the website, though we do include some articles on here from past issues (Click here for the Contents List). You will find articles and information from and about all the leading experts in the field, including Jaime Jackson, Dr. Robert Bowker, Dr. Hiltrud Strasser, Pete Ramey, KC La Pierre, and many others, as well as experiences and stories from various practitioners and owners. We include a wide variety of material, some of it contradictory, as there are many differences of opinion - and we don't personally agree with everything we publish. We encourage and promote this interchange, because we feel this is what will kick barefoot hoofcare up to the next level!

If you would like to read the personal opinions of James & Yvonne Welz, please visit our membership hoofcare educational website, Hoof Help Online (, which provides detailed how-to trimming instructions and advice through a wide variety of media, and presents our ideas and philosophies on hoofcare that we have personally developed over the past 15 years. Hoof Help Online Flyer

Barefoot hoofcare is a young, developing art and science. There is so much ahead to discover. After over 20 years of hoof study, the leading hoof researcher in the U.S., Dr. Robert Bowker, says, "There is so much that we still don't know about the hoof!"

For more introductory barefoot info, we highly recommend Joe Camp's website and his books, especially The Soul of a Horse — Life Lessons from the Herd and Horses & Stress – Eliminating the Root Cause of Most Health, Hoof and Behavior Problems.

A Timeline of the Barefoot Movement by Yvonne Welz from The Horse's Hoof Issue 50
Using the archived files of THH, a detailed outline of barefoot events over this past 15 years is constructed--for the first time ever!
Yvonne writes, "This is NOT a complete history by any means, but just some of the more important points along the way of this past 15 years of the Barefoot Movement. I hope that after reading this document, you now realize just how newly developed the barefoot movement really is. And how we are ALL responsible for making history, at this very moment!"

50th Issue Retrospective from The Horse's Hoof Issue 50
(This is a huge article!! An extensive look back at the barefoot movement from many different points of view!)
by Yvonne Welz and 15 famous barefoot advocates: Dr. Hiltrud Strasser, Dr. Robert Bowker, Dr. Robert Cook, Pete Ramey, Cindy Sullivan, Gretchen Fathauer, Cheryl Henderson, Sabine Kells, Claudia Garner, Greg Sokoloski, Darolyn Butler, Garrett Ford, Carole Herder, Joe Camp, and James Welz

Breaking Hoof News....

(for archive of all previous news items, please visit our News page)

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Grand Prizes! The authors of the top FOUR Barefootin’ Stories will each receive a FREE pair of Scoot Boot hoof boots! (value $177.00 USD) and a 2 year subscription to The Horse’s Hoof Magazine, plus be published in an upcoming issue of The Horse’s Hoof. (More information on the Scoot Boot: Honorable mentions: Our Runners-Up stories will also be published in future issues.

The Great Barefootin’ Story Contest Winners
Grand Prize Winners
Lorilee Lorenzo and Ualani
Maree Young and Moonshine Bandit
Mattie Cowherd and Sterling
Sharlee Mayer and Dara
These Grand Prize Winners each receive a FREE pair of Scoot Boot hoof boots! (value $177.00 USD) and a 2 year subscription to The Horse’s Hoof Magazine – plus, you can read their stories featured in issue 67!
Honorable Mentions
Published in issue 67:
Danni Rodgers, Jen McGeehan, Tommy Papagna
Published in upcoming issues:
Debbie Van Ord, Helena Goodwin, Jo Harder, Lyndsay Martin, Mitra Koci, Rachel Wirth, Sarah Langham
Thank you so much to everyone who entered our contest! And every barefoot horse is already a winner!!!

Equine Cushing’s and Insulin Resistance Group Inc. Announces
2017 NO Laminitis! Conference

When: October 27 - 29, 2017

Where: Tucson Hilton East, Tucson, AZ

Attendees: Any professional or owner who has one or more horses in their care.

Eleanor M. Kellon, VMD
Robert M. Bowker, VMD, PhD
Jaini Clougher, BSc, BVSc
Kathleen Gustafson, PhD
Lisa Lancaster, DVM
Lavinia Fiscaletti, BS - Moderator and Senior ECIR
Group Member
Paige Poss, AAPF, Anatomy of the Equine, LLC
Carol Layton, BSc, M.Ed, Balanced Equine Nutrition

More info: and

March 2017

Goodbye to Dr. Strasser’s Kappi
Saying goodbye to your favorite horse is always difficult...
Kappi was one of the two main riding horses of Dr. Hiltrud Strasser and her husband. For a while now, Kappi had been having problems with stability in his hind end, and sometimes had difficulty getting up. One time, Dr. Strasser ended up bringing in 12 people from the fire rescue squad to help hoist him back on his feet!
Lately, he would occasionally fall for no reason, and on January 23 of this year, he went down again, injuring himself badly on one eye. When it became clear after several hours that he was unable to rise again, Dr. Strasser made the heart-wrenching decision to let him go across the Rainbow Bridge. With his passing came the end of an era for her, as Kappi was the last living reminder she had of the wonderful years of horseback riding with her late husband Wolfgang, and their two main riding horses, Feelux and Kappi.
Kappi was 32 years old. Happy gallops, Kappi!

Hiltrud Strasser and Kappi taken 12 years ago. What a cute photo of the two of them!

Kappi at age 30 (2 years ago).

January 2017

Sabine Kells' horse Bonnie (Sabine riding her, the chestnut in photo above), the horse responsible for bringing barefoot knowledge to the world via Sabine's translation of Dr. Hiltrud Strasser's barefoot trimming methodology, passed away at age 36 1/2 years old -- "21 years more than the vets gave her when she was diagnosed with navicular at age 15 & I was told to put her down."

Read the full heartwarming tribute to Bonnie in The Horse's Hoof Magazine Spring Issue 66.

Barefoot Horse Resource

Barefoot Horse Info - Looking for a barefoot trimmer, hoofcare course, or just a good hoof book? Website owner of says, "Last January I launched to make it easier for UK horse owners to find a barefoot trimmer, and to understand what training and professional bodies were available. Since then over 70 trimmers from almost every county have added their details to the site." She includes barefoot friendly livery yards, equine bodyworkers and sections on hoof boots, nutrition, blogs and magazines, support groups. This is a great barefoot trimming database website!

New Book from Carole Herder: "There Are No Horseshoes in Heaven: Escape the Limits of Tradition and Discover the Path to Perfect Health for You and Your Horse"

What would it be like to know what you need to keep your horse healthy and sound? What can you do every day to make the most of your experience with your horse? There are No Horseshoes in Heaven offers a profound and passionate exploration of past patterns, guiding you through an entertaining and thought-provoking invitation to make alternative choices. Protect your horse from pain and discomfort, maximize your riding experience and gain insight into the ‘hot spots’ for horses, through scientific evidence and real-life stories.

"A beautifully written true story of a kindred spirit's journey through life discovering ways to leave the world a better place for horses and for people, too. ~ Monty Roberts

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“A Barefoot Journey,” one woman’s fight against horse shoes - In the new book, A Barefoot Journey, author Linda Chamberlain gives an account of her quiet battle to ride her horses without metal shoes. It’s a subject of huge debate and division in the equine world, a debate that has led to prosecutions and hate-filled anonymous phone calls. Available on Yvonne Welz says: This book is absolutely delightful! I picked up it one afternoon when I only had "a few minutes" to spare, and literally could not put it down until I read the entire thing! For those of us involved in the barefoot movement, it will remind you of your own journey, and you will realize you share so much in common with Linda. For those new to barefoot, it will provide so much encouragement and resolve to stay the course. And it is beautifully written - so enjoyable to read.

Book from Dutch Henry
“Howdy Friends! It’s for the Horses truly is for the horses. At the urgings of friends who enjoy our Coffee Clutch blog I’ve compiled 3 years of my horse related posts into this book. You’ll enjoy stories about their spirituality, communication, emotions, needs, care, connection, health, exercises, housing, foot care and more. This is not a book about riding or training horses. This is a book on my thoughts, ideas and suggestions on how folks might find the joy in doing things for the horse, with the horse’s point of view as the leading guide. It is my hope to help as many people as possible learn to hear the horse, feel their spirit, and in that way help horses and their people everywhere.” ~ Gitty Up, Dutch Henry
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Book Offers Unprecedented Horse Hoof Care Information “A Modern Look at... THE HOOF” by Monique Craig
From the casual rider to the seasoned veterinarian, there’s information for every horse-lover in this new book on the horse’s hoof. Author Monique Craig is the founder of EponaTech and the Epona-Institute, and inventor of the EponaShoe polyurethane shoe. This book provides a detailed look at the hoof morphology (shape) and function, and discusses implications for how the hoof should be trimmed and cared for, along with real-world application of her shoeing approach. Many case studies are presented, with thorough research and documentation. Available on and

Novel about 19th Century barefoot advocate vet Bracy Clark!!!
Suppressed Research Brought to Light in New Novel “THE FIRST VET” by Linda Chamberlain
Bracy Clark exposed a serious threat to horse health 200 years ago, but his work was suppressed and ridiculed. Now he’s being given a second chance to change the future for the animals he loved, thanks to a page-turning new novel called The First Vet.
Purchase the book on Amazon, available as Kindle or paperback:
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Contact Linda Chamberlain, Tel: 01342 826272
Email: lindachamberlain94 @

Book from Joe Camp: Horses & Stress
“This is an unsolicited review for an outstanding book. And I have to admit, I think this small, simple little book, Horses & Stress – Eliminating the Root Cause of Most Health, Hoof and Behavior Problems, is one of my all time favorites. This is the PERFECT book to give as a gift or recommend to anyone who is just getting interested in caring for their horses in an improved way. Or really it’s the perfect book for every horse owner! What I love about this book is that it gets to the real heart of the matter and Joe is so dang enjoyable to read. This isn’t just about barefoot, or diet, or lifestyle. It is about developing a level of caring for your horse where he is not a vehicle, but a friend and partner, and you want to provide him with the lifestyle that is conducive to his health (not just one that is convenient for your life!) Joe’s simple way of explaining why and how things work will appeal to any horse owner with common sense. He provides the rational explanations behind natural horse care, with the most important reason being that caring for our horses naturally reduces their stress—which fixes just about every domestic equine problem that has ever existed.” — Yvonne Welz, Editor – The Horse’s Hoof (available at Amazon or

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