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North Lawrence, New York, United States
I can be described as lover of life, an animal lover, and lover of education. I am constantly striving for knowledge and learning opportunities. I've been around horses my entire life. I enjoy working with horses and their human partners through natural horsemanship philosophies, natural balance bare foot hoof care, reiki, red-light therapy, essential oils, aromatherapy, crystal healing, chromotherapy, flower essences, and more. I am a Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master Teacher who offers treatments for people, horses, dogs, cats, and other creatures great and small. I also teach Reiki classes for those interested in learning how to treat themselves, their loved ones, and even their animals! Natural Horse Lover Farm is located in Northern New York between the St. Lawrence River and Adirondack Mountains. Heaven on Earth. naturalhorseloverfarm.com

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Weekly Task Challenge: Hoof care

If you don't know what to do, have little time, or just feeling stuck, try the weekly task as a way to at least do something with your horse! (It just may motivate you to do more!)

Depending on where you live in the world, your horses hooves may differ from your friend's horses across the globe. Depending on their living situation, the climate, natural environment, shod, barefoot, etc. no two horses are the same. This week's task is to evaluate you horse's hooves. Determine if they are healthy or not and what you might do to help them be all they can be! Contact your farrier, veterinarian, or other horse professional for help! (P.S. I barefoot my horses and have been trimming them for years....truly, you could too if you are not happy with their current care....I am not saying I am perfect, if you want perfection, check out the three links below...these folks are GOOD!) As a bonus task, share here your tricks and remedies for issues like thrush and white line disease! Remember, this blog is a great place to network!

Gene Ovnicek
http://www.hopeforsoundness.com/cms/gene-ovnicek.html

Pete Ramey
http://www.hoofrehab.com/

Jaime Jackson
http://www.jaimejackson.com/

Dr. Hiltrud Strasser
http://www.strasserhoofcare.org/

1 comment:

Lisa said...

Contracted yucky frogs? Bovine mastitis cream (available in tubes from your vet) is an inexpensive, effective remedy. After "injecting" it into the frog crevice, push a cotton ball in afterwards. The cotton ball helps keep the medicine in and also pushes the crevice a little wider. I've not had to use this but good friends have successfully treated thrush-like infections. Treat daily, digging out the old cotton ball with a hoof pick (if it hasn't already come out).

For WLD (or suspected WLD), White Lightning is FABULOUS. Available from www.grandcircuitinc.com, it comes in a dual chamber dispenser and creates a gas that neutralizes bacteria, fungus and yeast without harming live, healthy tissue. When Cricket's hoof separated, we squirted this into the drilled holes to kill the nasties. If you shoe your horse, you can apply it around the white line, before applying the shoe. We did this when we suspected a little yuck in Cricket's white line but couldn't leave her barefoot.