Nature's Design Hoofcare - "Going beyond hoofcare to help horses"

 


Contrary to popular belief, shoes do not provide traction. Metal has only been used to provide traction in the case of gears and brake pads. Neither of these have any resemblance to shoes.

 
Because shoes force a horse to stand at an artificial angle, this strains the joints on a continual basis, eventually leading to the degradation of the integrity of the joints.




Shoes elevate the frog from contact with the ground, eliminating the pumping and shock absorbing features. Shoes are rigid and not well designed for the absorption of shock, adding strain to other parts of the body.            





 The hoof wall of a shod horse typically becomes very thin and dry, as do the soles. This will lead to tender, dry, cracking, flaring hooves which are weak and more susceptible to infection and disease than their bare counterpart. Nail holes contribute greatly to the risk of infection in the horses now weakened hoof state.



 

It is widely believed that horses have been “bred with bad feet” or have “had the feet bred out of them”, so to speak. This lie has it all wrong. Pull the shoes off and watch your horse develop a better hoof over time. This has little to do with breeding and everything to do with the mechanics of the hoof.



  The shoe forces weight distribution upon only the hoof wall. This fallacy causing 100% of the horses impact to land on the wall, which is poorly designed to withstand this impact.



Traction

A barefoot hoof can more easily grip the ground than one that is shod, in part because of the concave nature or a bare hoof.


Joint Support
 
A barefoot horse has 7 times less stress on joints that it’s shod counterpart.


            

                       
Shock Absorption/Frog
 
The frog, intended to make contact with the ground during movement, is a natural shock absorber and miniature “pump”, pushing vital blood and nutrients through the micro vessels of the hoof capsule.




Wall/Sole

The wall and sole is thicker and healthier in barefoot horses than in shod horses due to its impactful contact with the ground and the ability for it to absorb nutrients circulated through the hoof capsule by the frog, as mentioned above. The sole thickens and becomes tough, able to carry a horse over a multitude of rough terrain, including rocks.              


 Breed/Hoof Type

Nearly any horse, regardless of breed, can develop a healthy barefoot hoof with the right approach.              






 Weight Bearing Load/Support 

Weight distribution occurs across the entire surface of the hoof. The sole, bars, wall, frog, and heel all bear weight when the horse is barefoot, optimizing support.


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