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Do you know what your horse’s hoof angles are?

Granite Chief’s front hooves

Chief in his orange Renegades

Below is an excerpt from “The Proper Hoof Angle”, by Henry Heymering, RIF, CIF.  To read the entire article (it’s really good), scroll down.  Chief’s hoof angles are usually 54 to 56 degrees on his fronts.  I am always checking out hooves and shoeing jobs at rides.  Endurance horses are among the best kept horses in regards to their health and

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Bill Thornburgh Family & Friends 2012

Bill Thornburgh Ride, Karen and Bo. Photo by Tony Wilkie.

Here is an album of photos from the Bill Thornburgh ride that I did in October.  I rode Bo both days and we had a great time!

They do a nice job on this ride – it’s well marked, there is plenty of water and hay on the trail plus they serve a wonderful dinner.  For awards we got tie-dyed t-shirts.  This must

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Winter hoof care at 5000′

It’s interesting keeping barefoot horses this time of year at my place.  The footing can change completely in a matter of hours from being really nice, to being muddy, to being snow and then to an ice rink….tho most often it is somewhat of a combination of all of those things.

Which can make it really difficult on bare hooves.  I remember years ago, okay maybe it was decades already….and pulling shoes on my

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Endurance horses are going the distance without nailed on shoes!

Check this out, 7 of the top 10 horses in the AERC National Mileage Championship are competing in hoof boots and are NOT using nailed on shoes for hoof protection!

My two horses are both in the standings – Chief is 4th with 970 miles and Bo is 7th with 750 miles- though Bo now has another 100 miles to his credit.  Bo has done a lot of miles totally barefoot as well, and

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Product Reviews: Zephyr’s Garden Thrush Spray

So far this  ride season, I’ve glued Renegade glue-on boots on Chief twice.  The first time he completed three endurance rides in the glue-ons, and the second time he completed four endurance rides in the glue-ons.  I know you are probably wondering what does that have to do with thrush spray?

Well…a lot!  One of the reasons why I am not a big fan of gluing boots on is because I don’t like having

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Feed for great feet: Low starch, low NSC horse feeds

I’m going to share a few things that I learned about horse feed in this blog post.  Then I will do another one showing a bit more about what I learned about actually managing the horses hoof itself, when the horse is hoof sensitive.

New Low Starch and Low NSC feeds are becoming readily available at feed stores.   Almost all of the major brands now have something.  This is great news and will allow

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Glucose Kinetics in Horses (more specifically – endurance arabians)

This is a great read and useful information for those of us competing in endurance…or for just about anybody that is managing a barefoot horse or two.

Dietary Energy Source Affects Glucose Kinetics in Trained Arabian Geldings at Rest and during Endurance Exercise<

You’re horses are what they eat!

I learned a long time ago how what I fed my horse affected his hoof sensitivity.  It also affects a lot of other things.  I

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Barefoot hoof care: overlaid bars

A while back, Cindy asked about overlaid bars. To be honest, I haven’t really given the bars that much thought. Most of the time the horses self-wear the excess down. When they don’t then it’s just a small amount of work to smooth them out.  Now that I’ve done more research on it, I can see that it is important to know when you have overlaid bars and what to do to correct

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Hoof Tougheners and Thrush Prevention

I try not to post too often on ridecamp.  I think I’ve probably exceeded my allotment for the week, so will answer the question about what I use to toughen feet and treat thrush here in my blog.  I’ve covered this stuff before, sometimes the posts get buried because they are a year or more old.  You can do a search in the top right corner if you’d like to read more.

Even though

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More bare hoof photos: Pro Bono, December 17, 2009

These were taken today.  Some are before, and some are after a bit of a touch-up trim.  He hasn’t needed much due to being ridden barefoot, and also from doing those two endurance rides barefoot in November.  Keep in mind when looking at these photos that there is a lot of pigment in Bo’s hooves so sometimes things might look distorted or odd.  The pigment in his hoof wall often makes it look like

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