Bad Hooves: Genetic or Anthropogenic?


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

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6 Responses

  1. Robynne Catheron says:

    Cool word, anthropogenic. If I’m not mistaken, this word also applies to navicular. We humans have got to quit trying to modify nature’s perfection! Great post today, as always. Sharing on The Healthier Horse 🙂

    On another note, I have to temporarily unsubscribe. I’ll be starting my 1200-mile anti-slaughter/anti-soring RIDE FOR THEIR LIVES next week! I hope you and your readers will follow my journey on my Facebook page (of the same name).

    Don’t worry, I’ll be back in about three months. I don’t want to miss any more than I have to! 🙂

    • then5925 says:

      It’s the only word I could find that meant ‘human-caused’–big, but fitting! Thanks, as always for your comments and support. I wish you the best of luck on your ride–I’ll check out the FB page. 🙂

  2. timothy says:

    Clear article; nicely written and a message only too few people will really believe – or at least admit to believing!
    My only “dispute” is the reference to horses being lame after a trim. I agree that once they are in the routine, there should be no true lameness, although a slight change in angles and levels can bring about “awkwardness” for a day or so. But the main problem lies in horses that are transitioning from shoes or a trad. farrier trim to a proper barefoot situation. Suddenly they are confronted with FEELING under their feet! And then the trick is to make sure the owner knows the difference between lame and careful. Careful I would expect – lame I would not; although some horses will go through a period of muscular discomfort during the lowering of the heels. This is not strange though; the muscles are being stretched more than they have been used to for a long time…

    • then5925 says:

      Hi Timothy,

      Thank you for your comment. I guess I am of the mindset that changes should be made gradually so as not to make the horse lame. If the walls are extremely overgrown, I might not take them down as much as a horse that didn’t have this issue. And with heels, I am very careful–I wouldn’t take too much off at once, but gradually lower the height. Yes, most of these horses are likely going to be ‘careful’ on hard ground or gravel until they build some sole depth, but that is different from being lame!

  3. patrice says:

    The comment you made “a horse should never be sore after a trim” is misleading to some beginners. Although I know what you are meaning some may not. If a horse is sore prior to a trim, they may be sore after a trim -still. We then need our boots for protection. If a horse needs major balancing and ends up sore after a trim then they need protection (hopefully in the form of boots or some form of flexible protection). Also, some horse when adjustment is made to their angles they are sore but not in the hooves. I have seen muscle soreness from changing angles. Goes away in about 3 days but soreness non the less. SOO I somewhat disagree with that statement. But it sounds good anyway 🙂

    • then5925 says:

      Hi Patrice,

      I actually used the word ‘lame’, not sore, but you’re right–a horse that is sore before the trim may still be sore after the trim. The natural (barefoot) trim is not a magic fix in all situations. It will take time and likely boots (as well as diet and management changes) to get many horses comfortable again. And, yes, I also agree about body soreness with angle changes. This could happen. Again, I would try not to make any drastic changes all at once though.

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