Thursday, August 5, 2010

Zorra's first trim

Zorra got her first hoof trim today. She's four months old now & getting ready to wean soon. She did really well! Her lessons on yielding to pressure & standing still helped a great deal. She's for sure benefited from "it's the release that teaches" theory. She only got a little mad on the last foot when standing so still just got impossible. Even showed interest when she could see her front hoof being rasped. Our farrier does a natural trim based on the "wild horse model". He is also exceptionally patient & kind with my horses which undoubtedly may have been the most important factor in this positive first experience for Zorra. Check out this link..... an article on our wonderful farrier where he explains a bit about what he does & why it works so well. Pic here is of Zorra's two hind feet at about a day old. They have now totally grown out practically black, not striped but a lighter black than her front feet. They sure were pretty & white for a while though.


  1. Alice, I agree! It is so important to have good hoof care from a well versed farrier for our horses. I loved the article. I keep my horses barefoot and on a track system as well.

    Petra Christensen
    Parelli 1Star Junior Instructor
    Parelli Central

  2. Thank you Petra! Glad you enjoyed the article.