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Look Who’s Coming Out of the Woodwork

By Carole Herder

Summarizing some of the talks I was giving at various horse events and conferences, turned out to be a 250 page book. I couldn’t stop writing once I started. That was three years ago and every time I thought I was nearing conclusion, something very important demanded to be highlighted. Having never written a book before, I was quite unprepared for the seeming endlessness of the process.

Finally, last month there was nothing more to say. So I launched ‘There Are No Horseshoes in Heaven’ on my birthday. Within 24 hours my book was an Amazon #1 Bestseller in 4 countries! Do you think I said what people wanted to hear? Do you think this was excited? Oh ya! Truly, it was above and beyond my wildest expectation. Horse Hoof Boots Now, a month later the thing that is really moving me are the comments and reviews that people are posting. It appears that this little book has indeed helped several folks, inspired a few who are ready for change and supported many who are now taking right action on the proper approach to caring for our horses. Coming out of the woodwork, we are joining as a community of natural, barefoot and Cavallo Boot horse advocates.

Oh and the Icons of our horse world are commenting too. Let’s take note of the celebs that have sent their comments in: Julie Goodnight, Pat Parelli, Monty Roberts, Joe Camp…. to name a few.

Way to go Team!

Way to make it a better world for the horses we love!

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Treating Lameness

Managing lameness and rehabilitating an injured horse is something we have all had to consider. Recently two articles appeared in the same national publication that tracked the stories of attempted re-hab of two different high profile performance horses. The stark variance in outcome is something that some would just accept as the luck-of-the-draw. There is some luck involved, but we believe that the treatment is vital to the outcome.

One horse was turned out to a pasture in mid-summer with some other horses to “just be a horse”. The owner thought there was no chance of recovery so just wanted to provide a good life for her trusty steed. She thought she might as well pull off the shoes and save the money.

The other was given ten months of stall rest, some name brand hoof supplements and special shoes with pads in the hopes that he could return to his previous level of competition.

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In these articles – the conclusion that these vastly different approaches resulted in vastly different outcomes was not drawn.

Unexpectedly and with great delight, the first horse rambled in from the field the following spring completely sound and ready to go back to work, albeit a little unkempt and lazy.  While at the time of the article, the second horse had not improved and the owner was downhearted considering that her treatment was exhausted and that her mount would be retired.

The difference? Horse #1 had the increased blood circulation of a barehoof – not clamped with metal. Proper hoof mechanism allowing adequate shock absorption. Lots of movement to facilitate hoof function. Natural environment to allow more fitness, socialization and an increased overall happiness in ‘just being a horse’.

Now when horse #1 is under saddle, what do you think is best on his feet?

Yep. You got it. Cavallo Hoof Boots!

Ride over any terrain at any speed with complete hoof protection.

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Apache’s New Boots

I am very pleased with Apache’s new Cavallo boots! She wore them on our Back Country Horsemen work project, for 4-5 hours today, on very rocky trails.

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The boots ended up being easy to slip on. I put them on the opposite feet. My mare never gimped over or avoided rocks on the trails and the boots stayed secure all day and didn’t give her any raw or sore spots. She really seemed comfortable all day. And that makes me happy!

Thank you!

Lisa

Where does the Problem Originate?

I came across a very interesting article recently in the American Farriers Journal entitled ‘Where Does the Problem Originate?’ It caught my attention and turned into quite a fascinating read about a pony who not only had scoliosis, but also kyphosis. The piece describes how the farriers gave regular trims but nothing they did stopped the hooves reverting to their deformed state every 8 weeks – the farriers turned their attention to above the leg. The severe issues around the spine led to major conformation adaptations which presented themselves in the hooves. The defining line in the article for me was “With each horse we work with, we need to look at the whole horse, not just the feet”.

Their time spent trimming the pony, investigation of the growth of the hooves and studies of the skeleton posthumous, led to many revelations on how the upper confirmation influences and affects the lower conformation.

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It reminded me of how having your horse barefoot is not enough; we must review his diet and environment and trimming schedule. But we must also look at his whole body, our riding style and any equipment we use on him – could these be affecting how he holds his body and could this have an effect on his feet? If he has a sore back or tight poll, he will be holding his body in a different way. This adaption can lead to even minor abnormal growth patterns in the hooves and this in turn can affect gait and cause further issues in the body. Imagine a circle within the body: muscle issue in the body -> irregular growth patterns in the hoof -> adaptation moving back up through the body -> muscle issue in the body. Food for thought, or rather, hoof for thought.

You can read the full article here: http://www.americanfarriers.com/articles/6310-where-does-the-problem-originate.

 

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5 Ways To Improve Your Riding in 2016

1.  Get regular riding lessons, or better yet, learn the biomechanics of riding. Biomechanics study how the body moves and rider biomechanics look specifically at issues like your foot slipping out of the stirrup or your knee coming up.  Check out www.centaurbiomechanics.co.uk or ‘Equine Biomechanics for Riders: The Key to Balanced Riding’ by Karin Blignault.

2.  Try some competitive trail riding ACTHA or TREC – the challenges of the obstacles really test your riding skills and relationship with your horse.

3.  Everyone knows yoga and pilates, what about equilates? The focus is on strengthening the core, which is vital for a good seat in the saddle. Equilates has been developed with an understanding of the issues horse riders face and the areas they need to work on. If you cannot find a local class, check out eventer Gemma Tattersall’s Equestrian Pilates DVD at www.gemmatattersall.com/equestrianpilates.

4.  Eat more bananas (or white beans or sweet potatoes)! Research shows that potassium aids muscle contraction and presents cramping so, using your legs, can improve your hold on the horse.

5.  Take a course, on anything that will improve your riding: Jumping Skills, Dressage Tips, Rider Confidence, Tackling Cross-Country, Natural Horsemanship. Give it a go! Feb 19 blog

5 Ways To Benefit Your Horse in 2016

1. Need I say it? Remove their shoes (if not already done) and pop those Cavallo hoof boots on!

2. Study the hoof: read, watch and learn through books, DVDs and courses. This will allow you to look after your horse and his feet armed with knowledge on the best course of action for your circumstances.

3. Learn some equine massage – your horse will love you for it, trust me. Try www.mastersonmethod.com or www.equinology.com .

4. Make a date with an equine nutritionist to review your horses’ diet or a homeopath to prescribe some helpful remedies to improve their health and well-being.

5. Book an appointment with an animal communicator or read all about it yourself in Heather Green’s ‘For the Love of Horses’ .

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