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Smash: A Very Special Police Horse

Nearly a year and a half ago, the Houston Mounted Patrol gained a very special new member–a flashy paint gelding named Smash.   I knew as soon as I heard about Smash that I should feature him as my Naturally Healthy Horse of the Month! What makes Smash so special is not the fact that he’s beautiful (and a former […]

Tulsa–A Barefoot Barrel Horse

I’d like you to meet Convincing Class, aka Tulsa–the Naturally Healthy Horse of the Month for June.  Tulsa is a five-year-old quarter horse mare owned by Summer Gengenbach and she is one awesome barefoot barrel horse! I chose to feature Tulsa because she is a prime of example of what a barefoot horse can achieve […]

Underrun Heels in Horses

For years, we fought what seemed to be a never-ending battle with underrun heels on my gelding, Hershey.  Every time my husband would shoe him, he would remark on what bad feet he had.  Like many traditional farriers would do, he tried everything he knew to raise those heels–and he eventually applied wedges (as advised by a […]

Dr. Robert Bowker on Navicular Disease

I was very excited to have the opportunity to interview Dr. Robert Bowker last week.   He’s one of the few researchers who has dedicated his life to learning all he can about the function of the foot and has led the way in changing the way many of us view the horse’s foot.  His studies on blood […]

My Paddock Paradise

If you’re into natural horse care, chances are you’ve heard of Jaime Jackson’s idea for keeping domestic horses naturally known as a ‘Paddock Paradise’.  This was a completely foreign concept to me a few years ago, but the more I’ve learned about barefoot and keeping horses naturally, the more I’ve been intrigued by this idea. […]