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Grand Prizes! Senders of the top FOUR Barefoot Horse photos will each receive a FREE pair of Scoot Boot hoof boots! (value $189.00 USD and a 2 year subscription to The Horse’s Hoof Magazine, plus their photos will be published in the next issue of The Horse’s Hoof Magazine (Summer 71).

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Your Barefoot Horse Photo Contest Instructions:
First, take a really great photo of your barefoot horse! Please save as a jpeg file and email photo to: - include your horse’s name, and your full name and contact information. Please feel free to send your barefoot story along with your photo! Please limit photo submissions to 5 photos per entrant. By entering this contest, you agree to give permission to The Horse’s Hoof and/or Scoot Boot to publish your material. Thank you for supporting barefoot horses! Hurry, deadline for Contest submissions is May 31, 2018! All winners will be announced in our next issue, Summer 71.

The Horse's Hoof Magazine Spring 2018-Issue 70
Released on April 1st, 2018 - 50 pages!

– From the Editor: The Art of Doing Less
– Is She Abusing her Horse? by Carole Herder
– Your Barefoot Horse Photo Contest
– Hoof Care is More Than Just a Trim by Kenny Williams
– A Healthier, Happier Horse by Melissa Tankersley
– Bits, Bosals and Neck Ropes: Pros and Cons by Myra King
– The Magic Of Liberty Horses by Jenny Vidbel
– The Domino Effect of Backing Horses Too Early by Katrina Gothorp
– On the Bit... or To the Hand? by Sylvia Loch
– An Unusual Emergency by Anna Twinney
– “Whispering Ways” by Anna Twinney
– Equine Hoof Balance: Seeking Perfection in an Imperfect World by Neal Valk, DVM, DACVS, CHCP
– Trimming the Foal: Taking the Time it Takes by Linda Fullmer
– Modifications of Easyboot Gloves and Glue-On Shells by Pete Ramey
– Barefoot/Bitless News

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"The Horse's Hoof" is this informational website, as well as a quarterly 40-50+ page 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

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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 18 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.

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