Naked Horse

Trimming Guide

Trimming for Balance and soundness with William Miller and Rosa Stackhouse-Miller

Clinics and private tuition throughout UAE, Australia and New Zealand

At our 2 day Basic trimming clinics held throughout  Australia and New Zealand we promise to give you the tools to be able to look at your horse and know what needs to be done and WHEN it needs to be done.

1We don’t profess to have all the answers but the information given is designed to show you step by step how to trim your horses hooves to give them the hoof they need, not what you want them to have.

Rosa and I always will be students in this exciting new venture of freeing the horses hoof, as we will always want to improve our methods to help the horse, holistically not just with the hooves.

Trimming the hoof seems simple but can be a complex procedure and every horse is different. As your horses evolve through the barefoot trim and begins the restoration of hoof mechanism, the trim/procedure will change only in that LESS will need to be done. This is according to how much movement/ riding/ walking/ environmental conditions the horse is subjected to.

As we travel throughout New Zealand, Australia and Dubai we realise it is not just about the hooves; it is about lifestyle feed and movement on all terrains. Like a good wine with "terroir" so too horses hooves in different areas all have common faults/problems. For instance in Broken Hill the horse's bars are pushed over so far that they push the walls of the quarters out. In Darwin the horses "loose their sole" twice a year. This in fact is the complete overgrown bar coming off the sole due to the wet then the dry conditions.

We have leant that it is better to "ask the horse" by lowering the heels slowly so that both you and the horse have a pleasurable experience. The key is to get the horse standing straight up after each trim. Remember though that we don't know what has happened in the hoof in the past so even though we may only be taking 2-3 millimeter at a trim, sometimes this is painful for the horse and we just have to keep moving them through out this transition period.

Remember- Box rest is NOT GOOD!!!!!


Once again this is only our opinion and what you are taught at the clinic is how to “ask the Horse”.

What is a Natural Trim?

2If you were to see a natural trim in different environmental conditions you would see different looking hooves. The best natural trim we have seen has been on the wild Brumbies running through the hard back country of Queensland out Rockhampton/ Emerald way.

What we are trying to do through the "3 steps to Soundness" is give the horse the correct skeletal alignment through lowering the heels and allowing them to use their skeleton Not their muscles to hold themselves up in the correct position, with the hoof balanced on the ground. We cannot hope to emulate what a horse would do in the wild if he was allowed to run free and unencumbered for a minimum of 20 km a day searching for food and water. This in itself is almost an impossibility unless you are an Endurance rider in training so we have to recreate the best we can for the horse. My horse is lucky if he moves 1 km a day so I have had to separate the water and they hay and put stones down so that he has to walk at least an acre and half to get to what he wants. This helps us both! Jaime Jackson calls this Pasture Paradise and so it is

Our trim follows as close as possible to the trim that we see on most of the Brumbies hooves we get to deal with. These Wild Australian Brumby horses are micro trimming their feet with every step they take. the Mustang roll ( we are now calling the "Brumby Bullnose in Australia or the "Kaimanawa Curve" in New Zealand )allows breakover aaaaaaaaall around the hoof NOT just at the toe.

Our trimming is done through what the horse has shown us and what we show you how to do on your own horse is

* Achieve skeletal alignment through correct heel height ( on the day)
* Restoring and maintaining hoof mechanism
* restoring and maintaining a tight White Line

It is a big step this journey you are about to undertake but your horses will love you for it in the end.

Don't panic about the destination, just enjoy the trip!

May the horse be with you

William and Rosa

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