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Hoof & Foot Care

Are you a farrier?

The title 'farrier' has become a generic term for non-veterinarians who works on horse feet. Today, however, there are many hoof care practitioners who fall under this umbrella, but are technically not farriers. Applied equine podiatrists fall under this umbrella.

What is the difference between a farrier and an Applied Equine Podiatrist?

The differences are many; from the basic philosophy to the actual work performed. In the most basic sense, farriery is a traditional craft based on ancient science with the metal shoe at its core. An Applied Equine Podiatrist is a specialist (who may or may not also be a farrier) who works with horse owners to improve health in the equine foot and takes a more holistic approach.

When would I call you?

Folks call and speak with us for many reasons. Some of them are; when you are wondering if your horse's feet are as healthy as they can be, when you know they are not healthy and you are ready to take the next step in health, when you are looking for a new trimmer, when you are interested in learning more about the Dynamite line of healthy products for horses, dogs, cats and people, when you want to learn more about the Photonic Red Light therapy, when you wound like to have a Pegasus Gait Analysis performed or would like to find or host a clinic, when you want to purchase or become an independent distributor of Dynamite products, when your veterinarian directs you to 'find a good barefoot trimmer', when you want to purchase a Photonic Red Light, when you want to discuss or have decided to take the metal shoes off of your horse. In addition, we're open to talking about anything else you think we might be able to help with or learn from!

What should I know before taking the shoes off of my horse?

Before you take the shoes off of your horse you should learn as much as you can about the horse's foot and how to develop health in it. Be prepared to accept a transition period from shoes to shoeless and have a plan with your practitioner to make the transition smooth for your horse.

What trim do you use?

The Horse's Foot utilizes the HPT (High Performance Trim) Method. This style of trimming supports true foot function. For more information on our trim style and foot function, go to Articles & Information on this website.

What should I know about barefoot trimming?

Most importantly, recognize that not all barefoot trims are the same. There are virtually dozens of barefoot trims being performed today. Since the trim is probably the most important aspect of barefoot care, take the time to research and understand the trim applied to your horse's hoof.


Nutrition/Dynamite

Why do you use and promote Dynamite?

The fact is that good nutrition is very important in the development of healthy hooves and feet. After researching many products and companies, we have settled on Dynamite as the absolute best balance of good nutrition, company support, cost and results when fed to all of the different horses we see.

What makes Dynamite different?

Dynamite is different in many ways. We'll name the top 6 here; 1)They use chelated minerals (go to our Education page to find out more about chelates), 2)They have the BEST prebiotic, 3)They use COLD processing techniques, 4)Their approach is a total program of balanced, coordinated, synergistic nutrition. A complete program leaves less room for imbalances created by the mix 'n match approach, 5)Their founders actually care more about animals and humans then they do the bottom line. We have seen this evidenced many times, in many ways, 6)Their philosophy and mission resonates with us and mirrors ours.


Pegasus Gait Analysis

How can the Pegasus help me choose the best saddle for my horse?

First a Pegasus study will be performed on your horse without any saddle on. This is your horse's baseline movement. Then, any number of different saddles can be placed on your horse and the Pegasus study repeated. The Pegasus will show how your horse moves under each of the saddle options and the results will be compared with his baseline movement giving you measurable, objective documentation regarding which saddle(s) allow freedom or create constriction.

What are some of the applications for the Pegasus?

The ways the Pegasus can be helpful is almost unlimited. Basically, anytime you want to see how your horse moves, the Pegasus can help. Some frequent uses for Pegasus are, to evaluate lameness, evaluate saddle fit, improve performance, see how your riding affects your horse, measure results of a treatment, intervention or lay up, or as a baseline for future comparison.


Red Light Therapy

What is the Red Light?

The easiest way to describe the Photonic Red Light is that it is a tool that can be used by owners to non-invasively stimulate the acupuncture/pressure points.