Natural Hoof Care by Mark Olson
I was a farrier for over 30 years. My father is an equine veterinarian and Quarter Horse producer. I have been around a lot of horses in my time. When I first became exposed to this philosophy (by my wife), I gotta tell you - I was a huge skeptic! I questioned how this 'unconventional' process could stand up to hundreds of years of traditional practice. At the same time, I was never able to 'cure' certain conditions, just make the horse a little more comfortable.
Natural trimming utilizes the hoof that nature intended by trimming to the wild horse model of mustangs on BLM land. By trimming to nature's model, healing from most ailments is able to occur. I have seen dramatic results from founder, laminitis, cracks, absences and white line disease.
The beauty of this program is that it is set up for the owner to take over after the natural hoof is established, usually within 6 to 8 months!