The Mythical Barefoot Horse

Today’s post is by guest blogger, Adele Shaw (@collecting_spots). Earlier this year Adele was thinking about switching her horses from shoes to barefoot, but was worried that their feet would never hold up. Here’s her experience on the decision to make the switch:  I used to believe that only...

The Horse’s Hoof – #3

What makes a healthy hoof? As I have mentioned before, I used to keep four shoes on my dressage horses for no reason other than it is what everyone did. I highly doubt they needed them, but show horses have to have shoes… at least that’s what I thought....

The Horse’s Hoof – #2

This is the second post in a series of posts on the horse’s hoof. This post will reference the first post, which can be found here.  The Barefoot vs. the Shod Horse  Although it may be obvious from my first post on function, I wanted to outline a few things on...

Preface

I had a very privileged horse-life growing up, complete with fabulous dressage horses, an exceptional trainer, lots of opportunities, and overall just a really great experience. Even though I was at the barn seven days a week and was involved in everything horse related, I realize now that I...

The Lowdown on Thrush

Summer is coming to an end and a wet, muddy fall is just around the corner. We all know what that means: thrush is waiting to make an attack. After having a horse that was thrush prone, I have picked up a few tips and tricks to help keep...

The Best Ever

Estella was so, so good for our natural trimmer today! After the last trimming session, I just wanted this to be short, sweet, and successful. That is exactly what it was! All of that practice paid off and she behaved like a little lady! We started with her back...