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This winter has been long, cold, and hard!  With 13 horses to take care of and battling snow and ice, I haven’t had much time (or energy!) to update my site.  But spring is – almost – here and things are getting easier.  So here is a new video which shows how the natural barefoot trim is not natural at all, but is nothing more than a shoeing trim with an added bevel.  And also, the effect an incorrect trim has on the internal structures of the foot.  Along with a graphic showing WHY the toes need to be beveled and the heels left alone (for the most part).

Hope you find it enlightening!


The Simple Truth of Barefoot Trimming


I received an email today from a barefoot trimmer.  She told me  “to just keep saying “nature will fix it” just doesn’t cut it with me”.

Well the fact is that ONLY nature can heal anything.

The simple truth is that trimmers can only do 2 things.  Remove something from the hoof or leave something alone.  That is it! Trimmers do NOT heal anything.  The internal structures of the hoof must be healed by nature.

For the complete article, click here.

The truth about the mustang model


Or should I say the LIE. Yes, LIE!

When I first started barefoot trimming I believed all the crap I read.  But then the horses showed me the truth.  Now I am trying to share that truth with everyone.  The “Mustang Model” is a LIE.

The link above shows a real mustang foot, and as you’ll see, little of what you’ve been taught about mustang feet is true.

Anyone who trims or teaches according to the mustang model is clearly demonstrating that they know very little about the horse’s hoof. Until they learn, they should not be teaching OR trimming.

Stop believing the lie.  The mustang model is nothing more than a trim for shoeing without the shoe and with the addition of a “mustang” roll.

Pass the truth on!

A shod hoof.  The REAL

A shod hoof. The REAL “mustang model”!

New blog following an HGM Experiment!


I am so excited that someone is doing an experiment using the HGM.  Follow Sassy’s progress at

So far she has just been deshod on August 2nd.  I can’t wait to see coming photos.  I will put a live link to the blog on the sidebar as well.

Barefoot “Experts”


I realize there are people out there who do not agree with my thinking, or my writing for that matter.  To you and to them I say the proof is in the pudding.

I get emails from people who do the HGM trim and they report that people they trim for  or other trimmers they run into don’t believe in it and don’t like how the feet look, blah blah blah.  You all know how it is.  Basically they criticize the “look” of the foot and minutely critique irrelevancies and try to sound like they know what they’re talking about. But barefoot trimming should not be about photos of how feet LOOK.  It should be about soundness!!!  That was supposed to be the goal of barefoot when I started – how to help the horse be healthier and happier and more sound.  Where has that goal gone?

I have decided that mere photos do not tell the story and am going to post video whenever I can get it. Video shows the truth.

Further down is a video of a Missouri Fox Trotter mare named Dundee, trimmed by her owner using the HGM.  Prior to the HGM the feet were contracted, as can be seen in the photo just below.  This hoof is not fully rehabilitated but is well on its way, and more importantly the horse is sound! (Click on photo to view larger image.)

Dundee back of foot comparison

Dundee back of foot comparison


It’s pretty clear what a difference there is!

Below is a video of Dundee taken just the other day (7-25-13). BTW she is a Missouri Fox Trotter, a gaited horse, so she moves differently than non-gaited horses. Here she is after a trim, walking on gravel without issue.  No attempt is made to force her to be on the gravel, and I can tell you from experience that if a horse is ouchy he or she will head right for the grass on the side of the road.


And I am not alone in using far less aggressive methods than are currently the “standard” of barefoot trimming being practiced.  Here is a video of self-trimming barefoot horses in England, the grey and the horse being ridden, hunting on rough terrain.  Awesome to watch.

For those interested in learning more here click here for Rockley Farm Blog.

Let’s see if the critics of less is more can post videos of the results of their trimming!

Response to “Lies Your Trimmer Tells You”


To my complete shock, the article has had over 20,000 hits. All the feedback I’ve had has been very positive. Which tells me people are not that happy with their horses’ feet. Responses have come from Spain, England, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the U.S.

I have been discouraged that people seem to accept soreness as normal – and was heartened to know that is not true. People DO want better results!

Whether or not you are happy with your horse’s soundness, please Vote in the Barefoot Trimming Poll.

Welcome to the Barefoot Trimming Blog



I’ve had some requests to blog articles, and I like the idea, so here is the new blog.

FAQ’s are also here and I think people will have an easier time asking questions – which is the goal.

Response to my most recent article, Lies Your Trimmer Tells You, has been amazing. Clearly there are a lot of people out there who feel the same as I do – horses are being over trimmed way too often. I’ve added a poll to the blog – please vote, it’s anonymous.

One of the advantages of a blog is that it’s more interactive than a regular website.  I hope you will comment and voice your experiences, questions, and opinions!

Barefoot Trimming Poll

Are you satisfied with your barefoot horse's level of soundness?

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