it starts with good hooves and a balanced trim
My goal is to balance the hoof and a balanced hoof will balance the posture of your horse. You know how
sore feet affect the way you stand ? It is no different for a horse. If feet are not a good and solid foundation,
weight can be shifted, other joints compensate, and the result can be that posture is poor, movement is unnatural, and soreness almost always follows.
The constant application of correct principles is needed to achieve significant, long term positive results when it comes to posture. What this means is that one trim may not be able to fully correct longstanding posture and balance issues. At times, incremental corrections are required. Other times, more dramatic results may be more rapid. We will discuss the issues when I trim. But the goal is to make sure that every trim results in a good foundation for outstanding function and posture.
Balance is the key to everything. If we work to give a balanced trim, then the physical aspects of the horse are in order. But it doesn’t stop there! You have a part in balance as well. It is very important to work your horse the same in both directions. This helps him move well and it frees up all of the body parts. Horses, like people, seem to have a “favorite” side or direction, but it is best to work him in both directions to keep his body supple and balanced, his movement fluid, and his joints supple.
At the end of the day, it is simple. A horse that is not balanced has unequal foot landing, uneven weight distributions and impaired movement as a result. He will compensate for this unevenness – but it can result in injury not only at the site of the balance problem, but also in other joints and muscles.
We can see this in people who have problems with an ankle, for example.
It will also cause pain and strain in the knee and hip on the same side if not properly treated. Horses are much the same. A foot that is not properly balanced and aligned can cause knee, hip, and even chest problems.
Each year we spend thousands and thousands of dollars on veterinary care and medicine for complaints of lameness. It makes such good sense to make sure that the lameness is not the result of a problem with the balance of the hooves. If you isolate a hoof and just inspect the foot, the trim may look just fine, but how the hoof strikes the ground, how it serves as a platform for the leg, and how it works with the other three hooves is also very important. The complete structure of the horse – the mind, muscles, bones, joints and tissues must beat in unity.