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  • Good Horsemanship – Asking Questions and Trusting Your Intuition

    By Carole Herder One aspect of good horsemanship: ask questions. If we didn’t ask questions we would never learn, never invent, never progress. For me, the ‘what’ questions are the most important. What can I do to make life better for the horse? What can I do to improve his well-being? What can I do…

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  • Cavallo Hoof Boots…For Healing!

    By Carole Herder Which piece of equipment would you like to see on your horse’s hoof??   Believe it or not, the first image is a homemade hoof bandage made of cotton wool, brown paper and duct tape! It was ‘designed’ to keep poultices and wound dressings in place but as you can imagine, had…

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  • A Balanced Diet Creates a Healthy Hoof

    By Carole Herder “The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny lies in keeping them ignorant” – Maximilien Robespierre Perhaps a little dramatic, but, in a way, totally accurate. I often speak about the power of knowledge and education and believe that the more we learn and the more we…

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  • Toe First, Heel First or Flat…Which is Best?

    By Carole Herder I was wrong and Today is a Good Day. It’s always a good day when I learn something new. Today, I have an opportunity to practice what I preach. You know, I am a big advocate of changing through education. More education means more opportunity. Think of all the things we are…

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  • Needful Things

    By Carole Herder What is your favorite piece of horse equipment? What could you not do without? I think we all have that ‘essential’ tool, the ‘must have’ aid. Excluding your bridle and saddle (if you use them!), is it your hoof pick? Your long-lines? Your neck rein/strap? Your rasp? Your plaiting bands?? For many…

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  • Combatting the Cruel Hoof Crack

    By Carole Herder Cracks. Cruddy, cruel, conniving (yes, they do seem out to personally attack our horse’s beautiful hooves) hoof cracks. What causes them? And why are some horses prone to them but not others? Types of cracks: • Grass Crack – a superficial crack starting from the ground and moving up. Can be caused…

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  • Nerves and Bloodflow – Keeping the Hoof Alive

    By Carole Herder Need some scientific jargon to back up your barefoot theories? I came across a great article by Dr. Robert Bowker recently, entitled ‘Nerves, Nerves, Nerves: Why Are They So Important To The Horse?’ The article gives an in-depth descriptive narrative on the different types of nerves in the hoof, how horses feel…

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  • Hoof Moisture Balance – A Natural Approach

    By Carole Herder Do you oil or condition?? Did you know that 90% of the moisture required for the hoof wall comes from within the blood and lymph vessels?  Moisture balance is extremely important to healthy hooves. It is the moisture, made up of water and salts and electrolytes, which ensures that the tubules (hollow…

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  • Knowledge Is Power

    By Carole Herder A friend of mine recently bought a new horse. While she was checking him over, just before she bought him, the seller exclaimed, “Oh, and he can’t go barefoot”. Now my friend was tempted to ask why, but thought it might trigger an argument so she just replied, “Oh right”. The seller…

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