Hoof Before and After
Don’t just trim & shoe…
there’s so much more to hoof care

Ove Lind founder of Swedish Hoof SchoolLind 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.

Can horses 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 rehabilitated.

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.

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