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In early 2013, I bought a barefoot horse. He had been very much neglected (destorted feet, legs, paper thin soles and walls, flares, contracted and underslung heels, canker). I chose a trimmer recommended by a friend. My friend's horses do a lot of trail rides and carriage on raod totally barefoot, so I thought I wouldn't be disappointed.

That trimmer came every two months and I was tidying the feet in between. The horse suffered a great deal while healing from canker, but once that was solved, I couldn't help but realize that when I was slightly trimming the feet myself, the horse would go the same after as before, but each time the trimmer would come, we would take a huge step back with 3 weeks of pain, even on the pasture. OK, she did a great job as far as the overall balance is concerned, the distorted feet and legs were nice-looking, and the flares were gone (at least viewed from the ouside since she was rasping the outer wall quite aggressively, but there were still stretchings under the feet). But when I was caring about the feet myself, after 4 weeks, I could go barefoot in the arena and on smooth footing, as well as hand-walking over any terrain. And each time the trimmer would come, I would need to boot as soon as the horse got out of the pasture.

The trimmer came one last time at the very beginning of January 2014, and I had to boot again. I had been riding out in the fields barefoot for the preceding month, just being precautious on stones or gravel. And I thought stop this. I had read your articels before, followed Rockley Farm's blog, but how could my trimmer not be right for my horse? She had been studying for 2 years (and not over a week-end), my friend's horses were sound barefoot everywhere, so why couldn't this work for my horse?

So I stopped trimming. Just rasping with a rider's rasp every 4 weeks to smoothe the edges from 8 to 4 and keep the toe from running away (it makes a very slight bevel of 15-20°). I also gave away the boots and started all over handwalking on any terrain. After 2 months, the horse can walk, trot and canter with me in the saddle on grass, sand and dirt, still needs to walk slowly on rocks and gravel, but we never got to that point of comfort before. His walls maintain their length at 2mm over the sole, never more, never less, except at the toes that he is backing on his own, progressively wearing them away. For the first time in a year, his soles are shedding and showing concavity instead of buidling heavy callouses.

And the more impressive is that each time I tell myself that the walls are getting too long because of shedding sole, that a bar is starting to build too high a ridge, or that both sides of a foot are not matching, I just wait, and with ONE day, or maybe two, the 'problem' would fix on its own by chipping, shedding, or wearing away. Wow. And even in days where I looked at the feet and thought that they were starting to distort, I would watch the horse walk and notice that the legs were aligned, that the biodynamics were great and that the landing was completely even. So it wasn't distortion, but self-correction! Any rush into trimming or micro-management would have made the horse unbalanced and footy...

A horse's foot definitely knows better than any of us! As you say Maureen, the keys are movement and nutrition. Trimming is optional...
 
Date of Posting: 31 March 2014
Posted By: Sophie Moreillon
One horse owner, Switzerland
I've worked with Maureen for 3 trims to learn the hoof guided method. Prior to meeting her, I trimmed my horse for 6+ years using other barefoot trimming methods.

My horse's feet are changing - all for the better! Prior to using this trim my horse's hind feet were pointed in and I thought that was just "his feet" - but now they are straight and beautiful! He corrected his feet all on his own - and I "allowed" him (stayed out of nature's way) to fix his own feet - using this hoof guided method!
Thank you Maureen for teaching me how to keep my horse sound and happy!
 
Date of Posting: 23 August 2013
Posted By: Lisa Cronin
I can also relate to the comments below. It's also very nice to read positive reviews when trimming in a way not recommended before.

After years of being at a plateau with my two horses, I am now seeing positive changes. I have struggled with different vets and farriers/trimmers over the years, but in only six weeks I have seen positive improvements in my two horses hooves. My horse's heels have widened by almost 1 cm, and pony is definately more comfortable on hard surfaces. Feel very positive for the future. It's been a hard slog trying to find the answer, which ultimately is so logical and easy.

Thank you.
 
Date of Posting: 12 March 2013
Posted By: Jane
horse owner, UK
I bought the book in October 2012 and started on my two horses I don't ride. Within two weeks I saw an incredible differences in their frogs. These horses have had chronic thrush for over a year and I could not clean it up. I just trimmed these horses 9 March 13, and their frogs are completely open, and no thrush is visible. Heels have moved back under the horse and all eight hooves have shortened up. I am amazed. I was stuck at where I was for years, not understanding how to help these tall capsuled, long toe horses. Nothing I did was working. I even bought two more trimming DVDs to see if I was missing something. I even was trimming them every two-three weeks to try to get that toe shorter.

If you have a horse that isn't responding to its current trimming, just sort of stuck, I highly recommend the HGM book and course. Take the course, show your farrier or trimmer the mark ups and ask them to try it for one month. I can guarantee both of you will see changes. At our barn, three people have decided to trim their own horses and so far everyone has seen positive changes on horses that have been the same for years--OK but not so OK on all footing. They were starting to believe the "this is the way your horses feet are, and that is that". But now they know that it isn't true and all three owners are thrilled with what they have seen in just the past two months. My formerly "gimpy on rocks" horse is now marching over them with no problem!!!!

My suggestion.. it's worth investing in the book and doing it (or get a photo consult if you'd like help) and four weeks to see some truly amazing results!!!!! You will be hooked!!!!! I know I am, and so are my friends.
 
Date of Posting: 11 March 2013
Posted By: Jyl Snyder
Horse owner, trim my own horses and help others trim theirs, Springfield OH
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I think we had a test Sunday. Got lost, 6 of us. We left at 12 did not get back to trailer till 4:30. Got into some bad trails. So much rock - any kind of rock you can think of - BAD /////////// rock. I felt so sorry for 3 of the horses no shoes and feet not trimmed right . They where so sore could hardly walk. But on the bright side had a great time and Ace came back to trailer just fine not sore and did not have a hard time on all of that rock. 6 months before that I would have had to get off and walked him back. He did great. Thanks.
 
Date of Posting: 26 February 2013
Posted By: S. Knight
Louisville, KY
Found out about you from Dawn Willoughby, who I learned trimming from (and a whole lot more).

My horses' feet have never looked better and I am not working so hard...used to trim one of them EVERY weekend, so I never got a break and they are HUGE guys...percheron crosses who are sometimes not great at keeping their feet up! My one horse used to have really bad toe bulging problems but that has seemed to disappear. Also, the heels have stayed pretty low on both horses so I have not done much with them. I have trimmed the bars a little, but not like I used to...completely smooth. I really focus on their toes and make sure there's a strong bevel and then just round everything up and make sure all is balanced. Other horse would get some serious flaring but it's mild now. We do lots of road riding so they self trim. They have NO cracks, chips, etc. and I'm only trimming every 5 weeks! I can't thank you enough.
 
Date of Posting: 10 January 2013
Posted By: Martha Masiello
Have a small farm with our 2 horses and do all the care ourselves., Coatesville, PA
Found out about you from Dawn Willoughby, who I learned trimming from (and a whole lot more).

My horses' feet have never looked better and I am not working so hard...used to trim one of them EVERY weekend, so I never got a break and they are HUGE guys...percheron crosses who are sometimes not great at keeping their feet up! My one horse used to have really bad toe bulging problems but that has seemed to disappear. Also, the heels have stayed pretty low on both horses so I have not done much with them. I have trimmed the bars a little, but not like I used to...completely smooth. I really focus on their toes and make sure there's a strong bevel and then just round everything up and make sure all is balanced. Other horse would get some serious flaring but it's mild now. We do lots of road riding so they self trim. They have NO cracks, chips, etc. and I'm only trimming every 5 weeks! I can't thank you enough.
 
Date of Posting: 10 January 2013
Posted By: Martha Masiello
Have a small farm with our 2 horses and do all the care ourselves., Coatesville, PA
This book has helped me, and my horses, so much! After years of being at a plateau, I am now seeing huge changes for the better. My horses have never been happier. Thank you!
 
Date of Posting: 30 December 2012
Posted By: Susan Mitchell
Horse Owner, Indiana
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