Wendy is a member of Pacific Hoofcare Practioners who educates its members in the barefoot movement, whose members are inspired by Pete Ramey. PHCP is continuing Pete’s barefoot movement through its mentorship of best practices in hoofcare and horse health. A barefoot trim using natural hoofcare methods is a different type of trim that one a traditional farrier would give, either in preparation for shoes and is also different than a pasture trim that a farrier would give for off-season maintenance.
A barefoot trim is, instead one that allows a horse to support its weight by the entire bottom of the hoof, rather than just the hoof wall. One can easily imagine the benefits to a foundered horse, where even farriers know that the weight of the horse must be padded at the frog. However, taking iron shoes off a hoof has many advantages for the moving horse.
This is because rigid shoes dont allow the hoof to expand with each stride, thus limiting a hoof’s natural ability to absorb shock and pump blood through the hoof structures. Rigid shoes also make it so that the heels of the frog cannot expand, resulting in contracted heels, which leads to thrush, abscesses, and even deep cracks in the hoof wall.
As an endurance rider, Wendy realizes that hooves need protection over rocky trails. This is why she uses and fits both Easycare boots and Renegade Hoof Boots to your equine athlete.