Hoof Flares in Horses


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. Diane Kaser says:

    I am really enjoying your blogs. This one on flares is especially well written, easily understood. We have been using a barefoot trimmer for about a year now. Guess what? Flares are no longer a problem. I have learned a lot about feet and I think more people should look into letting their horse go barefoot. Thanks for your great articles.

    • then5925 says:

      Thank you, Diane. Glad to hear you’ve gotten the flares under control. Barefoot trimming can really do wonders for horses’ feet!

  2. Robynne Catheron says:

    I also love your posts on hoof care! We used to deal with flares (and every other hoof issue possible, but that’s another story) other month, until I read “The Soul of a Horse,” by Joe Camp. Six to eight weeks was the norm at the huge military barn where we boarded when we first got our horses, and I never questioned it because everyone did it that way, just like everyone also put shoes on their horses. There were four or five farriers that came on different days of the week, and all of them insisted that horses required shoes. The “cool” boarders (we weren’t cool, and we were poor; our horses were pasture-boarded) paid extra for stalls so their horses could be inside during the day when it was hot, and at night when it was cold. Those horses all wore blankets, as well, as soon as it got down to 50° degrees. They were also fed huge buckets full of sweet feed twice a day. Boy howdy, did I ever learn a lot that first year! The blankets, rain sheets, and shoes came off. I found an old farrier that would come out and just trim my horses without putting shoes on them. No problem; not only did he insist on a barefoot trim with a “Mustang Roll,” he also insisted on coming at least once a month. He taught me the very basics, and told me to read anything by Pete Ramey. On Joe Camp’s website I found a link to Jaime Jackson’s Paddock Paradise, and another to The Natural Vet. I knew I had much more to learn than I ever realized, and I was going to have to seek it out for myself and stop following the crowd if I wanted my horses to be healthy and sound. I’m pretty sure those “cool” boarders are still paying vets for their chronically-lame stall-bound horses.
    I learn more every day, thanks to good people like you who truly love and want the best for their horses. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge.

    • then5925 says:

      Thank you, Robynne. And kudos to you for not following the ‘cool’ crowd! “What’s right isn’t always popular and what’s popular isn’t always right.” 🙂

  3. Jen says:

    I’m struggling with my 6 year olds feet. He seems to load the outside of his fronts which makes them appear pigeon toed. I have started reading as much as I can about trimming pigeon toed horses, but worried about what I might be missing.

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