Category Archives: Trimming

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BAREFOOT TRIMMING

Many horse owners have obviously experienced the long term effects of inadequate advice with regards to shoeing. Every horse must be allowed to go barefoot at regular intervals, especially young horses, so it is little wonder that many horses ended up unsound after having been shod constantly for years. Continue Reading ››

BAREFOOT MYTHS

I have just come back from Sport Horse Expo in WA, followed by Equitana in Melbourne. After seeing some of the demonstrations at both places, and checking out the qualifications of some of the ‘educators’ and then coming home to a backlog of emails from horse owners clamouring for enlightenment … Continue Reading ››

THE DONKEY’S HOOF

The donkey’s hoof differs quite a lot from the horse’s hoof. The donkey’s hoof pastern angle is broken down; that is the natural and the correct way of the donkey’s hoof. From the sole view, the conformation of the donkey’s hoof also differs from the horse’s hoof; where a horse’s … Continue Reading ››

HOOF CARE FOR DONKEYS

Over the years as a general farrier, I have been called upon to perform hoof care on these gentle extensions of many families, and have always viewed the task as being very character building.

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TRIMMING MULES

I haven’t come across too many mules in Australia. The mule is the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse; the mule stallion in infertile. Much rarer is the hinny – the offspring of a male horse and a female donkey. The hooves of a mule can be either donkey footed, or like the … Continue Reading ››