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Here is an Example of what can Happen in One Week.
Left pic was taken and trimmed on March 25th, the right picture was taken on April 1st.
The snow has started to melt and now this hoof is moving on more solid ground.
What I love about this comparison is the change to the heels and bars.
The heels have moved back and the bars have given themselves a little trim.
The trim on the 25th was simple.
Remove excess wall to sole level.
Trim the toe to the white line or to just in front of the sole ridge, if it's present.
Heels needed no attention, they were not touched by my rasp.
This trim is what the ground would have done to a hoof that was living in the wild.
Moving almost constantly on firm terrain.
Heels land first causing compression the hoof rolls forward, abraising the toe.
The hooves respond.
So it's been 4 years that I've been trimming my horses with the HGM trim and from the first trim I stopped using the boots (that my horses had to use as soon as we left the driveway). Not sure why I knew I'd never needs boots again, I just did!
I have to admit I'm not a big trail rider, I do love going on trail rides and I know it's great for my horses to get out, but with 5 horses I just find squeezing in trail rides doesn't happen as often as I'd like, I could squeeze in small trips down to the beach or river near my place.
So most of my riding is in the ring or in my field (I love to ride in an open field). So basically my horses barefoot hooves are almost always on sand in the ring or on packed pasture. My point being, they don't practice on rocks or gravel....Their hooves are not toughened up!
I know my horses are rock cruncher's because on any occasion we have encountered tiny rocks or big gravel they feel and look fine.
The other day I was thinking, sure my horses are rock cruncher's in walk, but what about trot and canter....Hummmm.... while being ridden.....Hummmm. So out came the phone, the tack and 2 of my horses. Here is the video of what happened.
As you can see, not bad, not bad at all!
In the film is Cinder my buckskin Quarter Horse, 9 years old and Star, my chestnut Anglo Arab, 25 years old. Oh yeah and Star was just HGM trimmed right before filming.
It's the beginning of spring here and my horses have been living on snow for 3 months, snow is soft. I have been riding them all winter in the snow and I have to say it's not my choice to train on gravel this was just to prove to myself and others that this trim method is amazing!
Now you may be thinking, but what about the next day.....I rode on the gravel the next day and it felt the same. The second day video is on my fb page.
HGM all the way!