Lifestyle changes that support barefoot

It is not just a trim. It is a lifestyle change. You can't get a mustang hoof by just trimming one on.

You must offer your horse the most natural environment you can.

The horse living in an unnatural situation (which includes most domestic arrangements) loses health and fitness in his ...

  • metabolism (how the body uses food) 
  • immune system 
  • joints and ligaments 
  • heart and blood vessels 
  • structures of the hoof 
  • social world (the skills and security of herd life) 
  • mental and / or spiritual balance

No matter how expensive or "well-bred" the horse, they are all "made of the same stuff" and they need certain living conditions in order to give us their best.


Healthy Diet!!!

NOT sugar laced sweet feeds! Be careful with grass. Everyone thinks that it is natural for horses to graze all they want on rich pastures. Not so. Horses are foragers not constant grazers, meaning it is natural for them to munch all day BUT... they have to work for it. They might take a bite of grass but walk dozens of steps to get the next piece. A good place to get forage educated is: www.safergrass.org


Exercise

You and I can eat as healthy as we need to but without proper excersise we will still be out of shape and often overweight. Horses too. They need MOVEMENT! Without movement they do not get good circulation. Without good circulation they do not get the hooves we long for.


Environment

We ask our horses to come live in our world, it is our responsibility to provide them with the best environment possible. Clean dry areas for them to move. Remember horses will only transition to what they are accustomed to. My favorite environment substances are: Pea Gravel, Ag-Lime, Sand and river rock.

A "natural lifestyle" or "natural boarding" is the basis for healing any illness or injury. The horse's entire physical makeup is exactly "tuned" for a particular environment. In a similar enough situation, horses are capable of healing nearly anything that happens to them.

Horses are foragers, with a small stomach, and need to eat small amounts frequently through the day and night. They do best eating a variety of hays with supplements of many other plants, tree leaves, vegetables, a little seaweed to provide trace minerals from the ocean, and whatever major minerals are lacking in the soil their hay grows on.

They have a coat that can adjust quickly to changes in temperature by the hairs standing up or laying down. Horse blankets prevent these fine-tuned adjustments and can damage the immune system -- think what happens to you when you get chilled or over-heated.

Horses move constantly through the day and night, as they forage across the prairie. Cooped up in a stall, they cannot move enough to keep circulation going in their body. They get stiff, their hooves get congested, and their muscles and ligaments lose tone. So they need a turnout situation that encourages continual movement.

No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.  ~ Winston Churchill