The Hoof Care Reference


The hoof care evolution has finally taken a large step forward. Many of the below mentioned issues and conditions were earlier considered very hard or even impossible for the horse to heal. With this new understanding it is today easy to learn to see what the horse needs to come through most of them.

The Hoof Care Reference is based on research, common sense, logical reasoning and the Laws of Physics. It is thoroughly tested in rehab work done by the schools professional staff and as maintenance by over 1000 specially educated horse owners for years. It is easy to teach, easy to learn and if performed the right way it give excellent results.
If it doesn't work for you there is probably some detail you have misunderstood. We even have plenty of horse owners that after a single weekend have managed to help horses heal even really serious hoof conditions. It has nothing to do with miracles it's only a bout understanding the logic.

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Flares.
Flares come from tilted bars. Trim the bar the right way and the flare will grow away by it self. It is easy to do when you have understood how to do it.
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Asymmetric hooves.
Most asymmetries are really just big flairs so trim the bar the right way and the asymmetric hoof will grow symmetric again.
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Flat soles.
A flat sole is signaling that the hoof is too big. The hoof wall is not perfectly connected to the hoof which stretches the outer part of the sole and makes the hoof look flat.
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Quarter crack.
Comes from tilted bars which create a very stiff rear part of the hoof which will make the hoof wall crack right between the stiff and the soft part. Trim the bar the right way and the crack will most likely grow away without special shoes or other mechanical devices.
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Poor horn quallity.
Comes from poor hoof mechanism which comes from the fact that rear part of the frog has not carried enough weight. As soon as the frog is put to work the blood circulation increases and the horn quallity will improve even long before the new hoof wall has grown down to the ground.
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Contracted hooves.
Is a deformity that comes when the rear part of the frog does not carry enough weight. Lowering the heels to make the frog weight bearing will decontract the hoof.
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Over worn toes.
It is high heels that create over worn toes (not digging). High heels tips the hoof forward which leads to heavy wear of the toe region. When the hoof is in balance there will be exactly the same amount of hoof wall sticking out from the sole all around the hoof when it is time for trimming.
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Toe Cracks.
A cracked hoof wall comes from an imbalanced hoof. Usually toe cracks are caused by the traditional way to aligning the bottom of the hoof to the canon bone or the deep digital flexor tendons. This only works on horses that are perfectly aligned which very few are. The rest will crack.
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High heels.
Is a condition that is created by thrush or lack of knowledge from the hoof care provider. When the horse is suffering from thrush it makes the sole in the rear part of the hoof thicker to lift the sore parts up higher from the ground.
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"A Sinker".
Is created when the hoof wall is forced to carry the complete weight of the horse. If the frog and the sole had been allowed to carry the weight they are supposed to it would never have happened. Don't worry. It is easy reversible by off loading the hoof wall and letting the frog and the sole do its job.
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Coffin bone rotation.
Is caused by long toes! Nothing else! The leverage from a long toe wall makes it break away from the coffin bone. This, of course, is easier done if the horse suffers from laminitis which means that the hoof wall is no longer perfectly connected to the coffin bone.
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Tilted bars.
Is a condition caused by neglect or lack of knowledge from the hoof care provider. When the bars are left to be too long ground pressure will press them to the side deforming the whole hoof. By trimming the bars the right way the new growth will grow out in its natural angle and the bar will be straight again in just a couple of months. Read moore>>>>
Red white lines.
Comes from over loaded hoof walls. The wall has been forced to carry more weight that the white line could carry. This is the last step before the white line stretches and you have a classic laminitis symptom.
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Under run heels.
Is caused by long toes (or extreme thrush). The leverage is pulling the hoof material forward which makes the heel tilt. Shorten the toe and the heel will grow down in its natural steeper angle.
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Sensitive frogs.
If the frog is sensitive it is infected and must be treated. A sound frog will carry the horse on any footing without any problem what so ever.
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Standing under.
A horse that is standing with his front feet under him self is suffering from heel pain usually caused by thrush or high hooves.
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Impaired/ruff white lines.
Very often this is the first sign of over consumption of sugar (NSC=Non Structural Carbohydrates). The next step might be founder.
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Standing behind.
If the front legs are pointing forward the horse is suffering from toe pain. If the hind legs are pointing forward it is usually because the front hooves are not carrying the weight they should.
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No man can create a perfect hoof and no man can heal a hoof at all. The only one that can do this is the horse itself but not even the horse can manage this if the starting-point is too far from natural.
Our job is only to supply the horse with a foundation that is as natural as possible to make it possible for him to do the job. That is why hoof care is so easy. As soon as humans try to shape the hoof after some dream picture they have decided on them selves they usually leave the hooves so far away from natural that the only thing the horse can do is suffer. With the perfect food, the perfect feeding and the perfect living conditions the horse doesn't need your help with his hooves at all. With good food, good feeding and good living conditions hoof care will become really easy. With unnatural food, unnatural feeding and unnatural living conditions it might be that neither the best farrier in the world nor the horse itself can create even decent hooves.