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So far Monica Coyle has created 14 blog entries.

April 2017

March 2017

Hoof Care Neglect

2017-03-07T05:39:06+00:00

Hoof Care Neglect, as published in the Dally Times, March 2017 In my experience, hoof care neglect is one of the worst things that can happen to your horse. When the foot grows too long, it creates a lot of leverage and stress. This stress causes hoof distortion, stretching of the laminae in the foot, and in turn, weakening of the hoof. Length creates leverage, and when the toe grows too long, it puts significant stress on everything, specifically the tendons. This alone is a bad circumstance, but if a hazardous situation occurs, such as deep footing, serious injuries will follow. In addition to serious injury, hoof neglect negatively affects performance. Imagine if you were trying to compete as an athlete with athletic shoes that were twice as big as they should be. (insert conclusion of why this is bad) If there is ever a chance of infrequent shoeing or neglect, in most cases, I recommend trimming instead of shoeing. A benefit of trimming is that when trimmed, a horse will usually wear down his own feet. God Bless America. Lee Olsen AFA Certified Farrier Weatherford, TX

February 2017

January 2017

Chris Cox: Caring for Your Horse’s Feet

2017-02-20T22:03:41+00:00

Chris Cox Horsemanship Caring for your Horses' Feet Our horses in today's world are being limited to smaller acreage for grazing, or even stalled. I feel over the years, horses' hooves have changed for the worse. Line breeding does play a big part in the factor of having smaller weaker hooves. I have been shoeing horses since I was in my early teens because our ranch had massive amounts of basalt rock. I realize how important it is to have a good relationship with your farrier. A farrier should listen to the owner or trainer. They know how the horse feels and rides better than anyone. The owner-trainer should listen to the farrier. They have the knowledge and experience to suggest options for your horse. This to me is a very important partnership; if it is too one-sided, it will not work for long. 90 percent of my horses are barefoot. Horseshoeing is like horsemanship- there are many different opinions on how it is done. Know your horse and what it needs to be sound and happy. Too much is not good and too little is not enough. Balance is the key. Pictured is myself and my farrier, Lee Olsen. http://www.olsenequine.com