Natural Barefoot Trimming and Hoof Rehabilitation by Richard Zewe
Hoof Care Services
“They say the best offense is a good defense? Catchy phrase, but in the real world you need both. With laminitic horses, the vet and farrier are playing defense. The horse owner is playing offense (nutrition, exercise, environment). No matter how strong the defense, without a good offense you’ll probably lose the game.” Pete Ramey of www.hoofrehab.com
Depending on your location most trims I do run $30 - $55. Further drives and larger horses can run upwards to $65. Please see my contact page for how to best reach me.
Extra Services as Needed
I will also (as needed) use Casting Materials, Boots, and Pads to help ease a horses pain during Founder or Laminitis or transitioning from shoes to barefoot. Depending on the service provided, the cost will vary.
What is Laminitis or Founder?
Are All Shoes Bad?
Metal shoes are bad for horses. Period. That I truly believe. BUT with that said, the horse owner must do what they feel is in the best interest of the horse. And in some cases I've even recommended to my clients that they get their horse Shod instead. I would much rather they use an alternative method though! There are alternatives in Hoof Boots, and even some plastic horse shoes would be a better alternative over metal.
Can every horse be barefoot?
I believe that there are some horses that just don't do well barefoot. The owners of those horses have a choice to make to either Shoe or Boot their horses. I prefer the latter. Most of it comes down to how committed the horse owner is. Committed to proper diet changes, and exercise. Going barefoot does'nt happen overnight for most horses. It is a process, which for some owners takes too long. For those too impatient for change, I recommend shoeing.
I trim hooves based on a style which has become widely known as "Natural" or the "Wild horse model". The Trim is about getting proper Hoof Mechanism, with the Sole and Frog sharing a weight bearing role with the Hoof Wall. Here's an interesting video on Hoof Mechanism.
I believe the Guru in this country right now on Natural Trimming and how it should be done correctly, is without a doubt, Pete Ramey. Pete recently put out a new book that is arguably one of the best Hoof Care books ever written. Click on his name above to view his book link. This book is not just one man's opinion, but is co-authored by many experts in the field.
The hoof is a window to the horses whole health. The hoof will show you if the horse has an excess of something (too much sugar in diet) or a lack of some key nutrient.