James Welz, Barefoot Hoofcare

James Welz, Barefoot Hoofcare James Welz, Equine Barefoot Hoofcare trimming services for Happy Hooves! Serving the Phoenix AZ area. His entire focus is on creating the healthy hoof.

Based in the Phoenix area (Queen Creek), James Welz currently has clients throughout the state of Arizona, and offers his wealth of experience and education to barefoot horse owners. Many client horses have been trimmed by James for up to 15 years. The horses he trims include trail horses, pleasure horses, barrel racers, cutting horses, dressage horses, hunter/jumpers and endurance horses. His spe

cial interest is performance horses, though he enjoys helping all horses achieve better hoof health. James has been a hoofcare professional (barefoot trimmer) since 2000. He was one of the first in this country to receive a higher education in barefoot trimming, and one of the first to begin a full-time career as a barefoot-only professional. James was, in his "former life," a technical wizard and computer systems administrator until his wife's mare foundered in 1999, and changed the course of their lives forever. In a desperate attempt to save this horse, they immersed themselves in the new barefoot movement, which had only just begun. James immediately began hands-on training with the only educated barefoot hoofcare specialist in North America at that time, Sabine Kells of British Columbia, Canada. In May 2000, he attended the controversial German Veterinarian Dr. Hiltrud Strasser’s first U.S. clinic tour, and promptly enrolled in her one-year course, the first holistic barefoot educational program ever offered in this country. After studies in both Canada and Germany, James graduated in May 2001 in Tuebingen, Germany, with a certificate from the European School of Hoof Orthopedics (ESHOP). James had been trimming about 100 horses professionally while attending school, but upon graduation in 2001, began trimming full time, soon more than doubling the number of horses. He has maintained a consistent client base of about 200 horses per month since then. During this time, he concentrated on learning from the horses, and developing a system that could merge theory with practical reality. His studies included wild horse hooves, Jaime Jackson's research, and Dr. Robert Bowker's research. His most important studies were conducted upon his own horses: seeing the cause and effect of every trim decision, month after month, year after year, upon the same horses. Without that experience, he never could have developed the system as it exists today. Many of his theories about the hoof are unique: building upon information from prior sources, but combined in a way that can only come from a truly mechanical mind (see HoofHelpOnline.com for more info). James is a 2001 graduate of the European School of Hoof Orthopedics (ESHOP) in Tuebingen, Germany.

01/04/2024

Posted on Hoof Help Online! My personal notes from Dr. Robert Bowker's "Vasculature of the Equine Hoof" webinar from PHCP. A few key takeaways:
💥 Just because a horse is "sound" does not mean that the tissue is healthy.
💥 The vibration of the shoe is what is killing the back of the foot.
💥 Trimming should be performed more frequently to improve the hoof. Trimming intervals of 6 to 8 weeks accumulates the pathology.
💥 5-9 week intervals and never trimming the toe into the white line will create a long toe over time (coffin bone itself elongates)!!
💥 You HAVE to come inside the white line to shorten the toe and to keep the toe short!
💥 And SO MUCH MORE!!!

Don't miss his NEXT webinar coming up on January 10th! Sign up today:
Dr. Bowker on the Unshod Hoof, January 10, 2024 - 5:00 pm Mountain time zone
https://progressivehoofcare.org/2023/12/dr-bowker-on-the-unshod-hoof/

This article is the kind of exclusive, high-quality content you will find on Hoof Help Online! 😁 A unique platform for learning: You receive exclusive content you won't find anywhere else, plus a barefoot trimming course, community access, recorded livestream video events, 80 issues of The Horse's Hoof Magazine, 1000's of photos, 100's of articles, 70+ videos, FREE App and more! Check it out at: https://members.hoofhelponline.com/

The Horse's Hoof offers a free monthly barefoot horse care e-newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/thehorseshoof/50-giveaway

Happy Hooves! - Yvonne Welz

Have a wonderful Christmas, and take time to enjoy your horses!
12/23/2023

Have a wonderful Christmas, and take time to enjoy your horses!

12/14/2023

The Horse's Hoof Barefoot News December 2023 is released! 🎄
Sign up here: https://mailchi.mp/thehorseshoof/50-giveaway
What's in this issue? 🎁 Vive la différence! 🎁 Dr. Robert Bowker Webinars 🎁 Going to Barefoot School, Part 2! 🎁 Booted & Bridleless Viral Photo 🎁 Ashtray Hoof in an Antique Store! 🎁 and MORE!

12/10/2023
12/02/2023

What is a barefoot trim?
Here's what we think: A barefoot trim starts with the end goal of a healthy hoof form, which we’ve been able to define from the observation of healthy wild horse hooves, and healthy naturally-worn hooves. Most barefoot trims have low heels with the frogs on the ground, and short toes. This shape is very different than the current standard of veterinary/farrier care, shod or barefoot (hopefully, that will change). The goal of traditional hoof care is suppression of hoof sensation if that will provide soundness, while the goal of barefoot hoof care is to develop a superior hoof, because when the hoof is healthy, it is sound.

The Horse's Hoof offers a free monthly barefoot horse care e-newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/thehorseshoof/50-giveaway

We also offer a unique platform for learning: Hoof Help Online. You receive a barefoot trimming course, community access, recorded livestream video events, 80 issues of The Horse's Hoof Magazine, 1000's of photos, 100's of articles, 70+ videos, FREE App and more! Check it out at: https://members.hoofhelponline.com/

Happy Hooves! - Yvonne Welz

11/21/2023

We had a great livestream event today on Hoof Help Online! We also record our livestream videos, so members can watch at their convenience.

Yvonne interviewed James for his latest thoughts on barefoot, and he answered a ton of questions!
• What do you consider most important when first working on a hoof that needs rehab?
• Why should we care about wild horse hoof form when making trimming decisions?
• If my horses live on soft ground, do I need txzs5to roll the walls at all?
• Doesn't rolling of the heels cause underrun heels?
• If my horse is having a movement problem in the hind end, twisting the hind legs, is there something that can or should be done with the trim?
• What angle should the hoof be trimmed to? What do you think about deliberately trimming so that the coffin and pastern bones are in correct alignment per x-rays?
• Should the horse's hairline be straight or slightly curved?
• What is your explanation when someone claims that the heels on your horses are too low?

Join Hoof Help Online and you receive a barefoot trimming course, community access, recorded livestream video events, 80 issues of The Horse's Hoof Magazine, 1000's of photos, 100's of articles, 70+ videos, FREE App and more! Check it out at: https://members.hoofhelponline.com/

11/18/2023

Q: What are the natural and alternative solutions for ringbone?

A: The solution for both prevention and resolution of ringbone is pretty simple when you think about the root cause of the problem. Ringbone happens due to repetitive stress; anything that provides greater shock absorption for the horse’s feet will also help alleviate ringbone. Bare hooves have far greater shock absorption than shod hooves; therefore a barefoot hoof care program should be embraced.

Basic recommendations for horses with ringbone are the same as those for improving the health of any horse: 1) healthy bare hooves trimmed in good balance, and 2) a good lifestyle with plenty of exercise.

Trimming: For horses with ringbone, minimizing concussion will be a priority. This begins with trimming the hooves in a way that greatly minimizes “peripheral loading”. Peripheral loading (which is defined as the wall bearing most of the weight of the horse) has been observed by Dr. Robert Bowker to greatly reduce blood flow and shock absorption within the hoof. Trimming to minimize peripheral loading means a short toe (with a very short breakover), a low heel with the frog on the ground, and the outer hoof wall greatly relieved by a generous mustang roll applied to the bottom edge of the hoof from heel to toe – all achieved a bit gradually if the horse’s hooves are overgrown or unhealthy. Horses with ringbone are likely to be quite out of balance, with hooves that are crooked or uneven, so seek expert guidance and advice from an experienced hoof care professional.

The Horse's Hoof offers a free monthly barefoot horse care e-newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/thehorseshoof/50-giveaway

We also offer a unique platform for learning: Hoof Help Online. You receive a barefoot trimming course, community access, recorded livestream video events, 80 issues of The Horse's Hoof Magazine, 1000's of photos, 100's of articles, 70+ videos, FREE App and more! Check it out at: https://members.hoofhelponline.com/

Happy Hooves! - Yvonne Welz

11/15/2023

The Horse's Hoof Barefoot News November issue will be released tomorrow, November 16th!

Sign up now! On November 30, 2023, we will draw a random winner from The Horse’s Hoof email list to win a pair of FREE Cavallo Purple Trek Hoof Boots! (valid for USA & Canada mailing addresses only)

And we will have frequent contests - look for more giveaways coming! Make sure to stay on this list by opening all our emails, as winners will be periodically drawn from our mailing list!

Sign up here: https://mailchi.mp/thehorseshoof/50-giveaway

11/15/2023

PURPLE!!! Sign up for The Horse's Hoof Barefoot News (for free!) and get a chance to WIN a pair of Cavallo PURPLE Trek Hoof Boots for your horse! 💜💜💜

On November 30, 2023, we will draw a random winner from The Horse’s Hoof email list to win a pair of FREE Purple Treks! (valid for USA & Canada mailing addresses only)
Sign up now for this FREE monthly newsletter - enjoy The Horse’s Hoof Barefoot News plus get a chance to WIN Purple Treks! Be sure to continue your subscription, as we will have frequent contests for great prizes!

SIGN UP HERE! https://mailchi.mp/thehorseshoof/thh50b

Hoof Help Online Livestream, Monday Nov 20, 2023: Hoof Thoughts with James WelzJoin your hosts as Yvonne interviews Jame...
11/14/2023

Hoof Help Online Livestream, Monday Nov 20, 2023: Hoof Thoughts with James Welz

Join your hosts as Yvonne interviews James for his deep thoughts about hoof trimming! Find out more about his unique method. Send in your questions and he'll answer as time allows. Thank you for joining us!

Monday, Nov 20, 2023 at 10:00 am Mountain Time Zone, only on Hoof Help Online. Also recorded for HHO members. Available on https://members.hoofhelponline.com

11/12/2023

Can a horse be functionally contracted?
Contraction of the hoof capsule is not what we want to see in a hoof. Skinny, squished, narrow, elongated and often painful hooves. Contracted hooves are the result of long term mismanagement of the horse; both hooves and lifestyle. Contracted hooves are usually synonymous with pathological hooves. The top row of hooves in this photo: you might expect to see thrush and tenderness.

However, when rehabilitating hooves, many horses will end up with a type of functional contraction, due to the coffin bone itself being contracted. Often these are formerly shod hooves; they can still be very healthy and their form will greatly improve over time, limited by the coffin bone. They might never look like the ideal hoof - one properly trimmed and living naturally from birth - because their internal structures are contracted, but they can still be fairly round and correct, with improved heel bulbs.

The Horse's Hoof offers a free monthly barefoot horse care e-newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/thehorseshoof/50-giveaway

We also offer a unique platform for learning: Hoof Help Online. You receive a barefoot trimming course, community access, recorded livestream video events, 80 issues of The Horse's Hoof Magazine, 1000's of photos, 100's of articles, 70+ videos, FREE App and more! Check it out at: https://members.hoofhelponline.com/

Happy Hooves! - Yvonne Welz

11/08/2023

Q: I've been told that we should never trim "mustang rolls" into hooves because they will just automatically put a roll on if they need it. And if they don't need it, they won't, so we should just let the hoof decide. What do you think?

A: That is a very strange argument, isn't it? I mean, if the hoof can make the decision and automatically correct itself to acquire the hoof form that it needs, then why would we bother to trim any part of the hoof at all? That argument basically negates all and any trimming whatsoever!

We have a very different reason for putting a mustang roll on hooves. Some more simplistic reasons include: making it attractive, imitating wild hoof form, eliminating chipping and cracking, backing up the breakover, and providing a finishing touch. However, we personally use the mustang roll as a tool to eliminate coronary band pressure and therefore improve the health of the hoof.

The Horse's Hoof offers a free monthly barefoot horse care e-newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/thehorseshoof/50-giveaway

We also offer a unique platform for learning: Hoof Help Online. You receive a barefoot trimming course, community access, recorded livestream video events, 80 issues of The Horse's Hoof Magazine, 1000's of photos, 100's of articles, 70+ videos, FREE App and more! Check it out at: https://members.hoofhelponline.com/

Happy Hooves! - Yvonne Welz

11/03/2023

"Though she be but little she is fierce"
I LOVE this pony! Here I am riding Liberty the other day. She really is my super-pony, and she embodies that Shakespeare quote. One of my current 4 bay mares, my horses have taken me on quite the journey. From classical dressage, to barefoot horse care, through natural horsemanship on to +R training and bitless. Natural lifestyles and naturally sound hooves.

The Horse's Hoof offers a free monthly barefoot horse care e-newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/thehorseshoof/50-giveaway

We also offer a unique platform for learning: Hoof Help Online. You receive a barefoot trimming course, community access, recorded livestream video events, 80 issues of The Horse's Hoof Magazine, 1000's of photos, 100's of articles, 70+ videos, FREE App and more! Check it out at: https://members.hoofhelponline.com/

Happy Hooves! - Yvonne Welz

11/02/2023

💜 Want to Give Your Barefoot Horse the Best of Everything?
💜 Want ALL the latest info from barefoot horse experts worldwide?
💜 AND want to WIN a pair of Cavallo PURPLE Trek Hoof Boots for your horse?

On November 30, 2023, we will draw a random winner from The Horse’s Hoof email list to win a pair of FREE Purple Treks! (valid for USA & Canada mailing addresses only)

Sign up now – enjoy The Horse’s Hoof Barefoot News – with a chance to WIN!
You really can’t lose by signing up for The Horse’s Hoof FREE Newsletter!
SIGN UP HERE! https://mailchi.mp/thehorseshoof/thh50b

11/02/2023

6 Steps for Trimming
(full details in the Hoof Help Online Basic Barefoot Trim Course)

To aid the learning process, we have created 6 systematic steps for trimming. It is not necessary to go in exact order, but for newbies, this order is very useful for learning.

1) Distal Surface of the Wall
Shortening, as needed, the ground surface of the heels and entire hoof wall.

2) Trimming the Bars
The bars are an extension of the hoof wall horn, and thus if the distal wall is trimmed, the bars usually need trimming, too.

3) Sole Shaping
The sole is trimmed to reflect the complex curve; thus the word "shaping".

4) Maintaining the Frog
We prefer minimal frog trimming, but it does vary, and sometimes more is needed.

5) Backing Up the Toe
We recommend shortening the toes of overgrown hooves to aid in breakover. Toes are shortened as needed.

6) Rolling the Wall
We recommend rolling the entire dorsal surface of the wall from toe to heel, as needed.

Join Hoof Help Online and you receive this course included as part of your membership!
PLUS you receive community access, recorded livestream video events, 80 issues of The Horse's Hoof Magazine, 1000's of photos, 100's of articles, 70+ videos, FREE App and more! Check it out at: https://members.hoofhelponline.com/

10/28/2023

Q: Should a horse always feel better and be sounder after a trim?

A: Often when someone asks this question, they are coming from the wrong paradigm: the traditional modern paradigm of the "dead block of wood" hoof. So immediately, there are problems of interpretation, which only leads to more questions. What makes one think a hoof is healthy to begin with? Why would an unhealthy hoof not have sensory pain receptors to provide feedback to the brain? If a horse were to feel better after a trim, does that mean they are in pain before the trim?

If we put this into the context of a well-trimmed, healthy-hooved horse, we can say that generally, the horse will be the same after a trim as it was before the trim - if the trim was done early enough before too much growth took place. Any trim is CHANGE, and any change can set off other interactions. Our goal is consistency - trimming before too much change takes place, to keep the hooves as stable as possible.

For a typical horse that has worn shoes in the past, has not been well trimmed previously, suffers from contraction problems and other hoof abnormalities (which can almost be called "normal") but has been well-trimmed now for a good period of time, they will USUALLY be the same after a regular trim. However, expect possible problems during fall and spring, weather changes, episodes of stress (including moving), use of chemicals or feed changes. Horses are sensitive, and their hooves provide us with feedback.

Join us on Hoof Help Online, where you can find friendly, positive help with your horse's barefoot transition, learn how to trim hooves safely with a detailed barefoot trimming course, study gigantic libraries filled with barefoot horse information, and enjoy the company of like-minded people. Direct link under our page's featured section, or just add the normal dot com to HoofHelpOnline... Happy Hooves! - Yvonne Welz

10/26/2023
10/26/2023

Q: Our horses have been barefoot since last winter. They are still ouchy on rocks! We use hoof boots on rocky ground, but I want to know how long this barefoot transition will take.

A: An important thing to keep in mind is that the hooves adapt to whatever situation they are exposed to most of the day. So when they were shod, they adapted to the shoes. Now they are bare, but what do they live on most of the day? That is what they will adapt to. So if they live on soft grass or soft dirt, then you take then out once a week on rocky terrain, they can't possibly adapt to that.

In general, if you want to ride on rocky terrain, they really have to live on rocky terrain (once the hooves are healthy, of course). Many people will put areas of pea gravel in their horses' pasture, so they can be exposed to some rock. Pea gravel is actually very good for their feet, and very comfortable for them. Serious trail riders will create a natural habitat for their horses consisting of a variety of surfaces to help condition the feet for varied terrain. Riding an hour daily over varied terrain can also help, though it still can't substitute for the other 23 hours a day. But if it is not possible for you to change their living situation, the answer is what you are already doing - boots for rocky ground.

As far as how long it takes a horse to transition from shod to barefoot, it all depends on where you begin. If the hooves are not that badly deformed from wearing the shoes, if they are still naturally shaped, then the transition will be quick. If the hooves have greatly changed into an unnatural shape, the transition will take many years. Some horses will never be able to regain a truly natural shape, because too much damage happened (including permanent coffin bone damage), but they can still be healthier and comfortable, and their hooves will slowly improve over time. You can imagine, if a horse was shod for 10 years, and his hooves slowly changed over that decade - to "undo" the changes might take about the same amount of time.

Join us on Hoof Help Online, where you can find friendly, positive help with your horse's barefoot transition, learn how to trim hooves safely with a detailed barefoot trimming course, study gigantic libraries filled with barefoot horse information, and enjoy the company of like-minded people. Direct link under our page's featured section, or just add the normal dot com to HoofHelpOnline... Happy Hooves! - Yvonne Welz

10/18/2023

The Horse's Hoof Barefoot News October 2023 is released! 🎃
Sign up here: https://mailchi.mp/thehorseshoof/50-giveaway
🍂 Barefoot Jumping Heels Up! 🍂 Jackson-Barefoot Movement Beginnings 🍂 Hoof Anatomy Treasure Chest 🍂 Canadian Hoof Care Conference is a hit! 🍂 ECIR-Trimming the Laminitic Horse 🍂 Vet Industry in Crisis 🍂 Hope for the Sweet Itch Horse 🍂 Sponsored by Hoof Help Online

10/17/2023

Welcome to wonderful Autumn! Is it time for pumpkin spice hooves? 🎃 Of course, as long as they're barefoot! What's going on in the barefoot world? Sign up for The Horse's Hoof right here (it's free!): https://mailchi.mp/thehorseshoof/50-giveaway

What makes The Horse's Hoof & Hoof Help Online different? We care about the whole, big picture - meaning we care about A...
10/06/2023

What makes The Horse's Hoof & Hoof Help Online different? We care about the whole, big picture - meaning we care about ALL barefoot horse enthusiasts, their needs and their experiences. We are not advocating only for ourselves and "our group". We've been part of the barefoot horse world since 2000, nurturing the new movement along and encouraging polite discourse and cooperation since day 1. Our mission is to help barefoot horse owners succeed by providing practical, useful information and resources gathered from a WIDE variety of experts across the globe. Together, we can improve the hoof health of horses world-wide.

We offer a free monthly barefoot horse e-newsletter, The Horse's Hoof Barefoot News:
https://mailchi.mp/thehorseshoof/50-giveaway-e

Plus, we offer Hoof Help Online, a full-featured membership community that includes a barefoot trimming course, livestream events, full libraries of videos, articles, photos and so much more for only $29.99 USD per month.
https://members.hoofhelponline.com

Photo: cadaver hoof of wild Mustang that lived in Utah, USA

What can we learn from the hooves of healthy wild mustangs? A lot, if we just pay attention. For example, this area—wher...
10/05/2023

What can we learn from the hooves of healthy wild mustangs? A lot, if we just pay attention. For example, this area—where the bar and wall come together—is usually between 1/2” to 1” in length, sometimes longer. We have never seen an example of a healthy wild hoof that didn’t have this “heel platform” feature. Interesting?

Join us on Hoof Help Online for tons of info & discussion about barefoot horse care. Learn from people who have done this successfully and professionally full time for 2 decades. Enjoy trimming courses, videos, articles, chats, and more. Direct link under our page's featured section, or just add the normal web ending to HoofHelpOnline...
Happy Hooves! - Yvonne Welz

Question: What is it that makes so many barefoot trimming advocates feel threatened? How come, when they are supposed to...
09/30/2023

Question: What is it that makes so many barefoot trimming advocates feel threatened? How come, when they are supposed to be "out of the box thinkers" simply by choosing barefoot - they then paint themselves into a brand new box?

I do want to make it very clear that the mission of The Horse's Hoof and Hoof Help Online is about barefoot horses, period. Not about a certain "trim". Not about James & Yvonne - we're just your hosts. We hope to blast past the "guru" and "trimming cult" divisiveness that seems to have sprung up like weeds on social media in recent years. We're all here to help each other - or at least we should be - and HELP is our motto. We hope you feel the same.

Barefoot trimming advocates are now getting stuck into made up systems. There is NOTHING wrong with man-created systems for implementing a procedure, such as hoof trimming. But when you get stuck in ONE WAY of doing things, inflexible, and thinking YOU know all the answers - well, you're probably in a barefoot trimming cult. I hate to say it. 🔥

No trimming is ever natural, except that done 100% by the horse. We all have things to learn from one another, and the more we can listen - even to farriers and to vets and to trimmers who do things completely the opposite way from us - the more our horses will benefit from our well-rounded knowledge. We can disagree, but we can still do it respectfully. And productively. Vive la différence!

Join us on Hoof Help Online, where everyone is welcome, and no one is ever told "there is only one way to trim hooves"! We offer extensive information, and we want you to learn to think for yourself. This aids in the future progression of this relatively new field of equine care. Direct link under our page's featured section, or just add the normal web ending to HoofHelpOnline...
Happy Hooves! - Yvonne Welz

We've had so much fun in the world of barefoot horses over the past 2 decades! The more we learn, the more there is to l...
09/29/2023

We've had so much fun in the world of barefoot horses over the past 2 decades! The more we learn, the more there is to learn - it never ends. And we LOVE to share. That is what Hoof Help Online is all about. Join Hoof Help Online and you receive access to a treasure chest of barefooter benefits:

🐴 Full-featured Community with lots of great barefooters!
🐴 Free Basic Barefoot Trimming Course!
🐴 Livestream video events recorded for later viewing!
🐴 The Horse's Hoof Magazine, all 80 issues!
🐴 Article Library with 100's of articles!
🐴 Photo Library with 1000's of photos!
🐴 Video Library with 70+ videos!
🐴 FREE App for any phone or ipad or access via desktop!
🐴 Only $29.99 USD per month plus a one week free trial to check it out!

Join us on Hoof Help Online! Direct link under our page's featured section, or just add the normal web ending to HoofHelpOnline...
Happy Hooves! - Yvonne Welz

Q: I've heard that the feral desert hoof is actually pathological, and not something we want to try and recreate in dome...
09/25/2023

Q: I've heard that the feral desert hoof is actually pathological, and not something we want to try and recreate in domestic horses?

A: There are some recent studies on feral desert horses in Australia (Brumbies) that showed negative results, including significant sinking of the coffin bones and signs of laminitis. Those horses are not good examples, as their hooves are clearly not healthy, also evident in the external hoof features. Our trim method is not based on "imitating" a feral hoof - it is based on observing the features of healthy hooves (including healthy wild hooves), and understanding the mechanics behind those features. It is worth noting that the horse is NOT a desert dweller; instead, the equine is a cold climate plains grazer that evolved on the edge of glaciers. However, horses are so adaptable, they can live successfully in climates all over the world! The feral desert hoof in this photo has interesting features, but is also a dried out cadaver with a dehydrated hoof capsule; thus the form might not truly represent the living hoof. We love studying and thinking about wild hooves in environments all over the world.

Join us on Hoof Help Online! Direct link under our page's featured section, or just add the normal web ending to HoofHelpOnline... Happy Hooves! - Yvonne Welz

One of the benefits of joining Hoof Help Online is free access to our comprehensive Basic Barefoot Trimming Course. This...
09/23/2023

One of the benefits of joining Hoof Help Online is free access to our comprehensive Basic Barefoot Trimming Course. This is a refinement of the same trimming system we have taught for 17 years now (beginning with clinics in 2006). For the learning process, we break it down into 6 steps:
Step 1) Distal Surface of the Wall
Step 2) Bars
Step 3) Sole Shaping
Step 4) Frog
Step 5) Backing Up the Toe
Step 6) Rolling the Wall
Join us on Hoof Help Online! Direct link under our page's featured section, or just add the normal web ending to HoofHelpOnline... Happy Hooves! - Yvonne Welz

Q: Should healthy bare hooves be "gravel crunchers?"A: We believe environmental stimuli still play a very important fact...
09/23/2023

Q: Should healthy bare hooves be "gravel crunchers?"

A: We believe environmental stimuli still play a very important factor in a horse's ability to tolerate gravel. We also observe that healthy hooves become sensory organs for the horse, providing tactile information, and they literally "feel" the ground through their hooves. This is also backed up by Dr. Robert Bowker's research!

Having hooves that cannot feel the ground is NOT a healthy nor desirable goal! That said, hooves certainly do seem to adapt to the environment. A horse that lives on rocks can probably be ridden on rocks. Our advice for a rocky trail rider is: expect to ride your horses on the same surfaces they comfortably live on, but ensure that the horses begin with healthy hooves in the first place! (Please do NOT force horses with unhealthy hooves onto sharp rocks!) If you cannot provide a living environment similar to the terrain of your riding expectations (i.e., your horse lives on grass pasture, but you want to ride on rocky trails and gravel), the healthy hoof may or may not be able to stay comfortable, and you might need to change your expectations, or ride with hoof protection.

Join us on Hoof Help Online! Direct link under our page's featured section, or just add the normal web ending to HoofHelpOnline... Happy Hooves! - Yvonne Welz

The Horse's Hoof Barefoot News September 2023 is released! 🍂Sign up here: https://mailchi.mp/thehorseshoof/50-giveaway W...
09/21/2023

The Horse's Hoof Barefoot News September 2023 is released! 🍂
Sign up here: https://mailchi.mp/thehorseshoof/50-giveaway
What's in this issue? 🍁 Barefoot Popularity versus Hoof Health? 🍁 Natural Horse Care Guide 🍁 Learning Hoof Care 🍁 Paddock Paradise in the Netherlands 🍁 Why horses should go barefoot, in 200 words or less! 🍁 Tribe Equus 🍁 The Barefoot Study 🍁 and more!

09/14/2023

Barefoot hoof care for the *rehabilitation* of hoof problems, and as a *healthier alternative* for ALL riding horses, exploded onto the world stage at the turn of the century (1999-2000). Prior to that, a "barefoot horse" was just a "shoeless horse"; that condition was reserved for retired horses, broodmares and neglected horses. Previously there had never been a complex methodology for a system of horse care that promoted the success of horses taken barefoot, with detailed hoof trimming guidelines that facilitated the rehabilitation to healthy hooves.

The accidental focus of the barefoot movement fell upon the rehab of severely pathological hooves. I believe there is a good reason that happened. Not because that is the ideal place to begin a barefoot journey, but because that puts the owner into a state of mind where they are WILLING to make a change, often out of desperation. That's exactly how I became involved in barefoot; otherwise, it would have been unthinkable to me.

This photo is my horse finally being deshod, in 1999, only 2 months after she foundered "overnight". She was attended to by a team of what was considered to be the very best veterinarians and farriers in my state. In retrospect, they made a disaster implode upon itself. The pain and suffering that my horse and I went through as a result is hard to describe, and changed my life. My goal is to prevent this pain and suffering by improving the overall health of hooves worldwide through owner education. If you'd like to support my dream and my mission, join me on Hoof Help Online. Direct link under our page's featured section, or just add the normal web ending to HoofHelpOnline...
Happy Hooves! - Yvonne Welz

09/13/2023

It's very interesting creating something new and unique, that has never existed before, in a software platform so new most people have never seen it. But the future is BRIGHT! 😎

09/13/2023

Why horses should go barefoot, in 200 words or less:

As documented by multiple experts and scientists, shoeing by its very restrictive nature causes damage to equine hooves. Bracy Clark (1800) demonstrated that shoes caused hooves to contract. Zierold (1910) proved that shoeing causes deviation of normal laminar structure. Luca Bein (1983) measured shock absorption and found that "a shod foot on asphalt at a walk receives THREE TIMES the impact force as an unshod horse on asphalt at the trot." Dr. Pollitt’s 1993 study showed that circulation in a shod hoof has to go through an alternate route. Smedegard demonstrated that shoeing prevents hoof mechanism from working correctly. Dr. Robert Bowker has shown that the peripheral loading effect of shoes decreases hoof blood flow in microvessels by 50% in minutes, leading to loss of shock absorption and less blood into tissues. Bowker has also shown that peripheral loading causes bone loss, and most shod horses appear to have osteoporosis of the coffin bone, in addition to the evidence of laminar stress.

Join us on Hoof Help Online and enjoy a full interactive community, Barefoot Trimming Course and extensive resources for only $29.99 per month; first week is a free trial. Just visit HoofHelpOnline for more details. Sign up link under our page's featured section, or just add the normal web ending to HoofHelpOnline...
Happy Hooves! - Yvonne Welz

09/06/2023

Can you really learn to trim your horse's hooves from online instruction?
The answer is yes! We're not new to this - we've been providing online barefoot trimming education since 2011. However, our all-new Hoof Help Online turns this into a dynamic community! Hoof Help Online is not a guru site - it's a sharing site. We created Hoof Help Online to be a very special place to serve the needs of barefoot horse owners all over the world.

Join us on Hoof Help Online and enjoy a Barefoot Trimming Course and extensive resources for only $29.99 per month; first week is a free trial. We are having a Livestream Launch Party for members on Monday, September 11, 2023 at 5:00 pm Pacific Time! If you'd like to sign up, just visit HoofHelpOnline for more details. Sign up link under our page's featured section, or just add the normal web ending to HoofHelpOnline...
Happy Hooves! - Yvonne Welz

Address

San Tan Valley, AZ
85144

Website

https://hoofhelponline.com/

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when James Welz, Barefoot Hoofcare posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Business

Send a message to James Welz, Barefoot Hoofcare:

Share

Category

Nearby pet stores & pet services