Don’t just trim
there’s so much more to hoof care
|Lind is the founder
of the Swedish Hoof School and has spent years monitoring and
experimenting with horses eating habits, hoof rehabilitation &
research, has lectured and taught holistic hoof care to include
environment, feeding and trimming. “Horse owners can evaluate their
horse’s hooves and understand what
needs to be done to help grow a healthier hoof,” said Lind.
with coffin bone rotation, distal descent or laminitis be
rehabilitated? Ove Lind of Sweden says yes and doesn’t understand
why people still put down their horses when faced with these
conditions, when they can be avoided in the first place, or
Lind believes simple misunderstandings cost many horses their life and
has conducted vast research and has come up with easy ways to avoid
hoof problems. Feeding around our schedule versus allowing the
horse to feed on his or her schedule has caused many hoof problems.
“The horse should never be allowed to fill his mouth with hay,” said
Lind. “Yes, I know they love to, but I love to fill my mouth with
chocolate too even though it is not good for me. When the horse fills
his mouth with food he will not chew it enough and the digestion will
therefore not be effective. Fantastic things happen when they have
learned to eat the natural way with a restricting hay feeder.”
By restricting the amount of hay the horse can eat per minute instead
of the amount of hay available to the horse you will gain in all ends:
No more wasted hay; less consumption because of better digestion; the
horse is kept busy eating 16-20 hours as he is supposed to; obese
horses usually loose weight; thin horses usually gain weight; no more
fighting over food since it is always available; no specific feeding
times for you to keep (no early mornings or lunch feedings); and your
horse will never be hungry and always ready to go. Feeding and
digestion have a lot to do with the function of the hoof and well being
of the horse.
Environment and hoof care also affect the hoof and well being of the
horse. Lind believes flared walls, asymmetric hooves, under run
heels, high heels, narrow small skinny frogs, thrushy frogs, toe first
landing, toe cracks, quarter cracks, contracted heels, flat soles,
distal descent, coffin bone rotation, navicular, laminitis, founder,
white line disease, stumbling, brushing, interfering, forging,
overreaching, scalping, knee-hitting, elbow hitting, cross-firing,
speedy-cutting are all man made.
Lind’s “EasyHoofCare” trimming is non-invasive, effective, easy to
teach and easy to learn, good for both shod and barefoot horses and has
been thoroughly tested by both farriers and barefoot specialists.
The best part is that Lind’s method works for veteran farriers as well
as novice horse owners.
“We are extremely fortunate to have the opportunity for Ove Lind to
include Central Texas in his American lecture tour,” said Leslie Davis
of Little Thunder Stables.
If you would like to learn more about how barefoot and feeding
solutions will make your horse feel and perform better you can visit
www.swedishhoofschool.com or call Leslie Davis at 325-247-6423.
Lind will conduct a 2-day Complete Guide to Natural Hoof Care seminar
at the Kingsland Community Center July 11-12 from 9am to 6pm each
day. This hoof clinic is hosted by Little Thunder Stables.
To register for the clinic please call Leslie at 325-388-2727 before
July 1 to reserve your place or you can register and pay on line at
www.swedishhoofschool.com. The clinic is $175 per person and
includes lunch, snacks, and drinks both days.