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  • All Things Barefoot

    When transitioning to barefoot, there are some challenges you should be aware of: 1. When you first go barefoot, ignorance is most definitely not bliss for the people around you. Any disapproving looks and comments you will receive are from those who have no idea about the anatomy of the hoof, let alone the advantages…

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  • 1500 Years of Tradition

    By Carole Herder In my last webinar I explained that horses were first shod with metal shoes about 1500 hundred years ago before we understood the physiology of the hoof. The shoes were intended to elevate the hoof out of the manure and urine-saturated ground where the horse was tied. The premise was that the…

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  • Keep On Your Toes with Your Horse

    By Carole Herder I recently came across an Australian horse trainer Warwick Schiller who has some really good videos online: Warwick Schiller YouTube video . They gave me food for thought. I had been having trouble with one of my horses. He had become very complacent and lazy, or so I thought. Actually, I had become…

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  • Changing Beliefs – Part 2

    By Carole Herder Following on from part 1 of this article, we are talking about an article Tom Teskey wrote about breaking traditions. Shoeing reduces the circulation in a horse’s hoof and this affects the entire body. Applying pads and artificial materials to the hooves or providing soft footing underneath only promotes weak and faulty…

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  • Changing Beliefs – Part 1

    By Carole Herder “The same care which is given to the horse’s food and exercise, to make his body grow strong, should also be devoted to keeping his feet in condition” – Xenophon, The Art of Horsemanship, written twenty-three centuries ago. I read this quote recently in an article by Tom Teskey entitled, ‘Breaking Traditions:…

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  • Your Horse and Parasites

    By Carole Herder Be wary of the ingredients in the horse feed industry. Select feed and quantities of food based on your understanding of nutrition. Don’t be sold to. Educate yourself so you cannot be taken advantage of. One of the biggest culprits of deception is in the world of supplements and pharmaceuticals. Quality is…

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  • Natural Remedies for Your Horse

    By Carole Herder There is nothing better for your horse’s hooves than a good diet, plenty of movement and regular trims but on occasion something may still go wrong. Here are some possibilities for natural remedies: – Apple cider vinegar mixed with water (50/50 ratio) is a mild solution that can be used as a…

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  • Horses at Liberty

    By Carole Herder Videos like this one give me goose bumps. It’s something that I will always aspire to but know deep down I will never quite get there. The time, patience and consistency required to achieve this, as well as a natural softness and apathy with horses, is monumental. On the other hand, there…

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  • Athlete or Couch Potato

    By Carole Herder Moving is part of a horse’s very sense of well-being. He needs the ability to run. He needs both the space in which to run, as well as the good health that makes him capable. It is rare for many of us to ride our horses often and long enough to keep…

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