Eventing: The Barefoot, Booted & Bitless Way
As we are preparing to enter our 2nd season of barefoot and booted eventing, I have reflected back on what it took to get us to this point, and wanted to share our journey. Many people are interested in having barefoot horses that can still be expected to perform at high levels. This interest is often squelched by the fear of having a lame horse... (read more)
Harnessing the Hoof Boot Market
Many of your horse-owning customers are shifting away from traditional shoeing and letting their horses go barefoot. The "natural hoof" movement is becoming steadily more popular around the country and around the world... (read more)
Peripheral Loading and the Pad Effect
Before I attended Dr. Robert Bowker’s clinic in January, 2007, it never occurred to me that a healthy horse should have pads placed into their hoof boots. Or that a horse without sore hooves would benefit from a regimen of boots with pads... (read more)
Azure's Last Chance
Azure is an 18 year old Akhal Teke gelding. He was a breeding stallion for 12 years. He is his owner's dream horse, a beloved friend…he was very friendly, just uncomfortable. So uncomfortable that his owner, who called him the horse of her life, had already dug his grave and decided to put him down... (read more)
Common Hoof Problems and their Treatments
This article contains basic information about common hoof problems, their causes, and guidelines for treatment. Please consult your veterinarian or hoof care professional for diagnosis and treatment recommendations... (read more)
Dr. Neel Glass - Is Shoeing a Necessary Evil?
Horses have been shod by nailing on iron shoes for over a thousand years. However, shoeing can cause a variety of hoof problems, and the cliche Shoeing is a necessary evil? is nearly as old as horseshoeing itself... (read more)
Granite Chief wins the Mileage Award in Hoof Boots - 2000+ Miles and Still Going!
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Chief and I completed the “Rides of March 50” on March 18, 2006 in Reno, Nevada. This was the same ride that Chief completed the year before—right after having his shoes pulled. In the last year, he has completed more than two thousand miles using Easyboot Epics or Bares over his unshod feet. He is the first horse to win the AERC Mileage Championship without using nailed-on shoes, as well as the first horse to do more than two thousand miles in a single year that way… (read more)
Pete Ramey - Boots and Pads: A True Breakthrough In Healing
When I started my own journey away from fixed metal shoeing and into the “barefoot world” in ’98, I looked at hoof boots simply as a crutch to help me through “transition”. When you pull shoes off a horse with truly healthy feet, or if you start natural hoof care early, with a foal there is little or no need for boots. In fact, we usually only need them long-term, when the riding terrain varies wildly from the living terrain. When you pull shoes off a horse with unhealthy feet, though, the boots are wonderful for keeping the horse and rider happy while we wait for the hooves to become healthy… (read more)
These Boots Are Made for Walking
When you say "hoof boots" to someone in the horse industry, you'll get varying reactions depending upon who you're talking to. There are many types of equine footcare devices that are labeled as "boots" – but each has its own unique purpose and function… (read more)
Horse Journal 2006 Products of the Year
At the end of each year, we look back on the products that we've used in our test barns. We consider what various manufacturers have brought to the market and how those products make taking care of our horses easier. We select items that have improved our ability to optimize health care--especially in ways that we can undertake ourselves. We look for products that keep safety in mind, work economically and/or simply solve problems. Above all, we look for products that make the biggest difference in our barns. (read more)
Horse Journal 2002 Products of the Year
When we choose our Products of the Year, we look for a combination of value, innovation, and overall usefulness in our Horse Journal test barns… (read more)