We take a moderate approach to the horses hoof. The high, impacted heels commonly seen in Spanish farriery it is not, nor is it encouraging the under-run or over-trimmed heels so commonly seen in modern barefoot trimming.
The focus is establishing healthy and strong heel and heel buttress and maintaining quality sole, strong white line attachment, great concavity and strong, tight hoof wall growth immune to cracks and flares. We do not dictate a pre-prescibed shape to each foot, but allows the foot to grow into its own unique excellence as dictated by their genetics, lifestyle and hoof anatomy.
A barefoot hoof is trimmed for the horse rider, not just the horse owner. We prioritise sound and functional hoof that can withstand regular intensive work if you need it too, or simply to maintain ultimate comfort and health for your paddock buddy.
We encourage a highly regular trim cycle- for most horses this means every two to three week trim check ups. The horse is trimmed little and often to prevent any pathologies from taking hold in the hoof by staying 100% on top of the hoof as it grows down from the coronet band.
A conservative approach is applied to trimming the foot, and rather than focusing on invasive removal, careful attention is placed on the angle, quality and behaviour of the anatomy of the foot and its characteristics. A regular trim cycle facilitates this. It is a subtle and detailed work that is rather like a sculpture or artists work, and less like a mechanic. Usually, at the two week check up only small touch ups are done. Every 4 weeks (so once a month) a more in depth trim is performed, if necessary.
A fully functional barefoot horse rarely needs invasive trimming and only very irregularly does it need a maintenance touch up. DIET, LIFESTYLE, TRAINING and OWNER ABILITY is essential components to a trimmers success.