Barefoot Trim Frequency

Casie

Hi! My name is Casie Bazay. I'm a mom, a freelance writer, and a certified equine acupressure practitioner.

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7 Responses

  1. Eden says:

    Hello, Casie! Thank you for all the posts you’ve been posting! I enjoy reading them. So you mentioned trimming your own horses hooves. Do you trim your own horses hooves? If so, how??? Having a farrier come out is not cheap and I would like to start trimming my own horses hooves. How do you do it?? What if you mess up?? Also, does age matter? Because I’m only 14…
    Please respond ASAP
    Thanks Casie!
    Eden

    • Casie says:

      Hi Eden–Yes, I do trim my own horses. I’ve been doing it for about five years. Anyone who’s willing can do it if they really want to learn. In fact, I taught a fifteen-year-old girl how to trim her horse recently. 🙂 Sometimes you can take lessons, but if not, I suggest reading Pete Ramey’s book, ‘How to Make Natural Hoof Care Work for you’ and watching some online tutorials on barefoot trimming. There are also clinics you can attend occasionally. Start off very slowly and with just a rasp. You can hurt your horse if you use nippers incorrectly and trim too much. I advise people learning to trim to always take a ‘less is more’ approach. Better to trim too little than to much. But if you really want to learn, I say go for it!

      • Eden says:

        Is ‘How to Make Natural Hoof Care Work For You’ how you learned to trim your horses? Do you still use that technic that Pete uses in that book? BC that book was back in 2003. Do you think he might have learned more since then? Or is that book accurate on how you trim?
        Thank you Casie! You have been extremely helpful:-)
        Eden

        • Casie says:

          Yes, that book is how I first learned. My husband went to farrier school and used to trim (and shoe) my horses before, so he helped me a little bit (though he trims differently than I do!) I also bought Pete’s video set and joined online barefoot hoof care groups. I read every article I could find on barefoot. There are lots of resources out there. A couple years ago, I had Pete out to do a clinic at my barn, too. The important thing is learning to understand the hoof and the important structures inside of it. We should trim to support these structures and proper movement.

    • Jamie says:

      The Hoof Guided Method by Maureen Tierney was very helpful to me in my journey to learn to take care of my horses feet . Once you start studying and paying attention to your horses feet it will ll fall into place for you . It takes some practice but anyone who is physically capable can take care of their horses feet . I found one handed nippers to be very helpful . Good luck !

  2. Marlene says:

    I watched my trimmer for a few years, but never thought I’d be doing my own horse’s hooves. He told me if I was doing my job, I wouldn’t need him. So I started a bit here and there, and still had him come by to see if I was doing okay. So it’s been about three years now, and it’s going great. I am on to a new horse now, and had trimmer come by just to see if I should be doing things much different. This horse wears his feet a little differently but the principle is the same. His feet look better now (because I do frequent touch ups) than when I got him. Don’t be scared, just get your trimmer to oversee your efforts and then come by for a check up, or if you have a question. OF course I did a lot of research online as well but by itself that’s not enough.

    • Casie says:

      Good for you, Marlene. I agree that horse owners need to read and research before trimming and having someone more experienced help at first is a great idea. But it’s definitely not rocket science as many people think it might be.

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