The trim we use is consistently effective and safe, and non-invasive, allowing us to have happy horses, with balanced feet, that are as capable, or more capable of high performance than they were when shod.

A trim for a hard-working barefoot horse is not the same as a pasture trim – the aim of the two is different, and a pasture trim will not normally be adequate to optimise hoof health in a barefoot horse.

Having said that, there are an increasing number of farriers who have experience of barefoot performance, and its worth talking to your farrier first.

Here are our top tips:

• When choosing a trimmer or farrier, look for someone who has many successful barefoot horses on their books.

• Expect a good trimmer or farrier to ask about your horse’s diet, environment and exercise, and to advise you on changes if necessary.

• Your horse should be as or more comfortable after a trim as before (the exception is a horse with a metabolic disorder or a poor diet).
• Your trimmer or farrier should have professional indemnity insurance and should work co-operatively with other professionals.

• A good trimmer will handle your horse kindly but fairly, and will take time to answer your questions.

Finally, although there are a number of “schools” of trimming, there are national occupational standards being developed, which will set a benchmark for training in natural hoofcare, so its worth asking about the training your trimmer or farrier has received.

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