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  • Hoof Care for the Winter Months Continued…

    What we call “hoof mechanism” is the pumping function that restores hoof health to your horse; absorbing shock rather than delivering it; (The following video is an internal view of the hoof mechanism and may not be suitable for all viewers). Your solution is to simply pull off those metal shoes and use Cavallo Hoof…

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  • Hoof History – Time for a New Story!

    Oh the horrors! My friend sent me this picture when she was visiting an old castle in Europe. You can see a display of some the horse shoes used over the last 1,000 years or so for horses, ponies, donkeys, and even oxen. The list on the left of the exhibit explains what each shoe…

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  • OUCH – Lose the Bruise!

    Bruising of the sole – what causes it and how can it be remedied? Below are some of the more common causes of sole bruising in horses: Stepping on a rock Laminitis Pedal bone rotation Excessive hoof trimming Badly fitting shoes or shoes left on too long (leading to bruising and/or corns) First of all,…

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  • An Invitation From Dr. Tomas Teskey!

    I’d like to share some exciting news from our good friend Dr. Tomas Teskey!  You may remember him from our wildly successful webinar “Why Horses Can’t Go Barefoot“ that attracted more than 1600 participants!  Your feedback was wonderful and we received so many great comments, now YOU have the opportunity to see Dr. Teskey in action, in person!…

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  • Cavallo Rhythm of the Ride

    Patterns of repeated sounds and silences create rhythm.  A rhythm has a steady beat.  Since you have surely listened to music if not also played an instrument or sang, you’re very familiar with the nature of rhythm – long and short beats, fast and slow tempos. A single piece of music can incorporate many different…

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  • Kicking Navicular’s Butt!

    The idea that working horses can be barefoot is not new. Horses have a long history of barefoot performance and have carried fully armoured men into battle. They have been used for fieldwork, war and performance in their natural barefoot state. The hoof is a miraculous structure designed with innate intelligence to function as support…

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  • Rainier Therapeutic Riding Connects with Cavallo to Go “Barefoot & Booted”

    Recently, Greg and I were very personally touched after a visit to Rainier Therapeutic Riding in Yelm, Washington.  We wanted to see firsthand the work being done at the center.  Since beginning their program in 2010, they have focused solely on the rehabilitation of military service veterans who are facing physical and emotional challenges after…

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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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