of the progressive deformation and deterioration of shod hooves and of the pathologies associated with shoeing; from observations of the "natural" hooves of the horses at liberty in the United States by Jackson and Ramey, both also originally farriers by trade; comparison of the internal structures of the hoof, shod and unshod - in particular the atrophying or development of the digital cushion, among others by the German vet Dr Hiltrud Strasser and by Swedish Horse Hoof... From these observations is born the desire to reproduce the "wild" horse hoof by means of what is commonly called "natural hoof care".
of the function of the foot: what are the functions, what are the constraints of each element of the hoof, the foot, the skeleton? In this field, Pierre Enoff has contributed a great deal to the understanding of equine locomotion through his study of mechanics which have resulted in conclusions in complete opposition to the the traditional concepts (the hoof wall is not weight-bearing; the frog is the most essential organ of the hoof; caudal structures should be low). From this comes a rationalisation of the objectives of hoof trimming: conserving the optimal functioning of the foot, at the same time cleaning the zones attacked by bacteria: this is the "hygienic trim". At the same time, the importance of a holistic approach to the horse must be realised: feet, food, lifestyle...
putting into practice this theory through trimming has long confirmed its validity, on every type of equine - heavy horses, ponies, donkeys - and with regard to all equine activities: excursions and trekking, naturally, but also jumping and endurance. It has also allowed the healing of splits and cracks, flares and seedy toe, and the saving of many horses with laminitis or "navicular syndrome" from euthanasia
We have owned our Freiberger gelding for seven years. He was bought at the age of three. We always had him shod with “classical” shoes, but about one year ago he developed the so-called “navicular syndrome”. For six months we had him treated according to the “traditional” method (medicines and orthopedic shoes). We did not know much about barefoot managing of horses. We did not obtain any improvement, so we started to read and acquire information on barefoot management. Thanks to a friend in Italy we got into contact with Timothy, and four months ago decided to opt for trimming and natural management. The results have been extremely encouraging. Our horse is not lame any more, has developed good feet and seems happy and full of energy. He lives in a paddock by day and has always had daily walks, sometimes ridden, sometimes not. Given this good result, we are not going to shoe him any more.
Elio & SylviaHoeilaart, Brussels, Belgium
I have seen many methods of barefoot trimming but this is the only one that I have seen work conclusively.
I would not let anybody else touch my horses.
LiliVillefranche-de-Conflent, Pyrénées Orientales, France