Many horses will, at some point during their lives, suffer hoof problems which, in extreme cases, can cause permanent lameness. So why should outstandingly healthy, hardworking feet be a relative rarity? Performance Hoof, Performance Horse explores the idea that, given the right conditions, healthy hooves are not difficult to maintain and neither do they need much in the way of human intervention, and that the unshod or 'barefoot' horse can be tough, strong and sure-footed. The book offers practical advice on how best to work with a horse with compromised feet in terms of nutrition, surfaces and exercise in order to restore its hooves to optimum condition. Topics covered include: assessing hooves and hoof balance; the pros and cons of trimming; fixing problem feet and, finally, developing stronger hooves.
Performance Hoof, Performance Horse by Nic Barker
About the author
Nic Barker is the co-owner of Rockley Farm in Devon, a specialist equine rehabilitation centre for horses with hoof-related lameness. She has been passionate about horses and their health and welfare from an early age, and is a firm believer in the barefoot philosophy. she has ridden, hunted and competed her own horses barefoot for many years, and is the co-author of Feet First: Barefoot Performance and Hoof Rehabilitation.
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