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"Shoeing isn't the necessary evil.
It is the lack of knowledge that necessitates the shoeing that is the true evil."
"K.C. LaPierre - Equine Podiatrist

The Barefoot & Balanced Equine is a bare hoofed equine. It is hoof care without the use of horse shoes. It's about owner education and hoof care coaching. BJ applying the natural trim at the Oregon School of Natural Hoof CareHaving a partnership between the equine owner, their hoof care practitioner, and the equine veterinarian, works in the best interest of our equine friends.

Historically horses were ridden and used in battle barefoot until the practice of stalling them caused shoes to become a "necessary evil". Stabling conditions lead to deterioration of the hoof wall and hoof form, while also minimizing hoof mechanism due to the restricted movement, thus bringing about the practice of shoeing to keep them protected.

While many disciplines will require shoeing for competitions, the great majority of horses and mules can go barefoot. For example, a reining horse will need shoes on the back feet in order to slide without abrading their back heels.

Removable hoof boots are an excellent alternative to shoeing. They allow the benefits of keeping a horse barefoot, yet they provide protection when needed that does not damage the hoof, and are easily removed. With improvements in design and technology, there are a lot of fantastic boots available. Please see my section on Boots. While a lot of horses can and do go barefooted year 'round, there are still those that can't or won't be fully conditioned to go on rocky or gravelly ground without a little more protection. Enter the "hoof boot". Take them with you in the saddle bag or ride off down the trail with them on. With a properly fitted boot you can go miles and miles. Just check out the EasyCare Inc. website and see who's using their hoof boots and what they're using them for.

As a Natural Hoof Care Practitioner, I am committed to helping you help your equine friends become healthier athletes. I have been actively caring for our two saddle mules hooves since March 2007. I graduated from the Oregon School of Natural Hoof Care in May of 2007. See About Me for more information.

Springs coming and we're all getting riding fever. I am anyway. Time to get those riding critters out and check those hooves. With proper hoof care you'll have lots of fun miles no matter how and where you ride your four legged mount.

Call for a consultation appointment & first trim today.

Equine Boney Structure Horse - Conical Shaped Hoof - Natural Trim Mustang Hoof - Naturally Worn - Jaime Jackson Mule Hoof - Cylinder Shaped Hoof - Natural Trim Mule Hoof - Natural Trim