Give Your Horse the Gift of Barefoot: Taking your horses barefoot involves more than just pulling shoes. The new breed of natural hoof care practitioners have studied and rely completely on what they call the wild horse model, which replicates the trim that horses give to themselves in the wild through natural wear. The more the domesticated horse is out and about, moving constantly, the less trimming he or she will need. The more stall-bound the horse, the more trimming will be needed in order to keep the hooves healthy and in shape. Every horse is a candidate to live as nature intended. The object is to maintain their hooves as if they were in the wild, and that requires some study. Not a lot, but definitely some. I now consider myself capable of keeping my horses’ hooves in shape. I don’t do their regular trim, but I do perform interim touch-ups. The myth that domesticated horses must wear shoes has been proven to be pure hogwash. The fact that shoes degenerate the health of the hoof and the entire horse has not only been proven, but is also recognized even by those who nail shoes on horses. Successful high performance barefootedness with the wild horse trim can be accomplished for virtually every horse on the planet, and the process has even been proven to be a healing procedure for horses with laminitis and founder. On this subject, I beg you not to wait. Dive into the material below and give your horse a longer, healthier, happier life.
http://www.hoofrehab.com/– This is Pete Ramey’s website. If you read only one book on this entire subject, read Pete’s Making Natural Hoof Care Work for You. Or better yet, get his DVD series Under the Horse, which is fourteen-plus hours of terrific research, trimming, and information. If you’ve ever doubted the fact that horses do not need metal shoes and are in fact better off without them, please go to Pete’s website. He will convince you otherwise. Then use his teachings to guide your horses’ venture into barefootedness. He is never afraid or embarrassed to change his opinion on something as he learns more from his experiences. Pete’s writings have also appeared in Horse & Rider and are on his website. He has taken all of Clinton Anderson’s horses barefoot.
http://www.paddockparadise.com/ – This is Jaime Jackson’s website. Jaime is more or less the father of natural hoof care in the United States. He has studied and photographed the hooves of more than a thousand wild horses, hooves that are amazingly similar, no matter the variances in geography and climate. Rock solid, concave, beveled on the edges, and as healthy as can be. His book Horse Owners Guide to Natural Hoof Care is the “bible” and should be read. If you truly want to learn all you can learn about this subject, read both Jaime’s book and Pete’s, beginning with Jaime’s. Pete even lists Jaime’s book as a prerequisite to his. That said, this book also goes deeply into Jaime’s research of the wild horse hoof and why this trim can work for any horse. For me, this was all fascinating material.
The following are other websites that contain good information regarding the barefoot subject:
http://www.wholehorsetrim.com– This is the website of Eddie Drabek, another one of my heroes. Eddie is a wonderful trimmer in Houston, Texas, and an articulate and inspirational educator and spokesman for getting metal shoes off horses. Read everything he has written, including the pieces on all the horses whose lives he has saved by taking them barefoot.
http://www.TheHorsesHoof.com– this website and magazine of Yvonne and James Welz is devoted entirely to barefoot horses around the world and is surely the single largest resource for owners, trimmers, case histories, and virtually everything you would ever want to know about barefoot horses. With years and years of barefoot experience, Yvonne is an amazing resource. She can compare intelligently this method vs that and help you to understand all there is to know. And James is a super barefoot trimmer.
Our current hoof specialist in Tennessee is Mark Taylor who works in Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama, Kentucky and Mississippi. He’s fantastic!!
662-224-4158 or barefoot2003
The next 2 links are to very short videos of a horse’s hoof hitting the ground. One is a shod hoof, one is barefoot. Watch the vibrations roll up the leg from the shod hoof… then imagine that happening every time any shod hoof hits the ground:
Find a recommended trimmer in your area:
Joe’s Comments on
Pete Ramey’s DVD set Under the Horse
“Pete Ramey is my hero! He is why all of our horses are barefoot and healthy. He is much of the reason for the existence of my book The Soul of Horse. He cares so very much about the horse and proves it daily by how much time he spends researching the complex internal workings of the horse’s hoof and the myriad factors that affect its health. And substantiating that research on the horses in his care. In his new DVD series, Under the Horse, Pete lays every bit of it out for us. You will understand how and why the hoof works like it does, why so many domestic horses have lameness issues when virtually no horses in the wild do, and what can be done to create a hoof for your horse like the one he’d have if in the wild. Pete’s easy style is engaging, clear, even entertaining and all the more powerful because he was once a shoeing farrier. He will bring you to the understanding that every horse is different so no prescription can be generic. But he will give you the tools and insight to always know what your horse needs. If you’ve ever doubted the fact that horses do not need metal shoes and are in fact better off without them, please see this series. Pete will convince you otherwise. In my humble belief, whether or not you ever intend to trim your own horse’s feet, Under the Horse is one of the most valuable and user-friendly compilations of knowledge, research, and insight for improving the health and lifespan of your horse that exists on the planet.” Click on the cover above. – Joe Camp
Joe’s Comments on Pete Ramey’s New Book
Care and Rehabilitation of the Equine Foot
Pete Ramey’s new Care and Rehabilitation of the Equine Foot is singularly the most comprehensive and complete work ever written about the horse’s hoof. Prepare yourself for deep, detailed and scientific. It’s not a light read but rather a study manual that will likely take years to absorb. At least it will for me. But the 630 color pictures and diagrams help even the lay person grasp the principles and get a deeper understanding of the hoof and what makes it tick. You’ll learn everything about growing a healthy foot from within, combining all of the various aspects of hoof care, nutrition, and lifestyle into a system that yields the best end-result for the horse, covering both the veterinary/internal and the farrier/physical sides of rehab and prevention of hoof problems. Most books only focus on one or the other. Cover-to-cover this book never strays from the foot and conditions that affect the foot. There is no “fluff” or “filler”. It’s a must-have for anyone interested in knowing more about the health of their horse’s hooves than anyone else on the planet. – Joe Camp
Cavallo Hoof Boots
The transition to barefoot.
Valuable Links on Diet and Nutrition:
Dr. Juliette Getty’s website:
Dr. Getty’s favorite feed/forage testing facility:
Here’s a terrific article on the Houston Mounted Patrol’s total conversion to barefoot; all forty or so of their horses now work downtown Houston’s concrete, asphalt, and marble completely barefoot. Click this link:
…and scroll down to the fifth Article in the column on the right entitled Barefoot Police Horses
Another article about the Houston Mounted Patrol on our website: Houston Patrol Article
Natural Hoof Specialists Around the Country
Our hoof specialist in the Temecula – Valley Center area:
Dani Lloyd (Temecula, CA)
Here are a few hoof care practitioners
who follow the wild horse model
Cleveland Ohio area
Hoof care specialist
Pete Ramey Advocate
(Frazier Park, CA)
(Valley Center CA)
(Butte County, CA)
(Las Vegas, NV)
(El Segundo, CA)
The story of our journey with horses (to date) is told in the two books that follow: the national best seller The Soul of a Horse – Life Lessons from the Herd and its sequel Born Wild – The Soul of a Horse.
And what a story it is as two novices without a clue stumble and bumble their way through the learning process so that hopefully you won’t have to. If you haven’t read both of these books already please do because with that reading, I believe, will come not just the knowledge of discovery but the passion and the excitement to cause you to commit to your journey with horses, to do for the horse without waiver so that your relationship and experience will be with loving, happy and healthy horses who are willing partners and who never stop trying for you. Horses like ours.
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“Joe Camp is a master storyteller.” – The New York Times
“One cannot help but be touched by Camp’s love and sympathy for animals and by his eloquence on the subject.” – Michael Korda, The Washington Post
“Joe Camp is a natural when it comes to understanding how animals tick and a genius at telling us their story. His books are must-reads for those who love animals of any species.” – Monty Roberts – Author of New York Timers Best-seller The Man Who Listens to Horses
“Camp’s tightly-written, simply-designed and powerfully drawn chapters often read like short stories that flow from the heart.” Jack L. Kennedy – The Joplin Independent
“Joe Camp is a gifted storyteller and the results are magical. Joe entertains, educates and empowers, baring his own soul while articulating keystone principles of a modern revolution in horsemanship.” – Rick Lamb – TV/Radio host – The Horse Show
Follow our latest journey with two amazing new arrivals from the wild. Kathleen’s terrific photos are worth the click.
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