Estimates for the worldwide domestic horse population vary from 50 to 75 million. According to legendary hoof care expert, Jaime Jackson, every single one could be and should be barefoot!
Nearly 25 years since Jackson, a former farrier, last put a set of shoes on a horse, instigated the modern day 'barefoot movement,' he has, at last, put to paper in "The Natural Trim: Principles and Practice," what he believes is the most critical information necessary to understand natural hoof care and the natural trim without the need for any further experimentation.
Most people have heard the saying "No Hoof, No Horse," but probably have no idea why it became such a popular refrain in the chorus of horse owners around the world. It is rooted in the fact that the health of a horse shows up in its hooves and domestic horses are plagued with lameness. It would seem to be at a crisis stage if some 90% of all domestic horses worldwide are not able to pass a soundness evaluation, which is what Walt Taylor, co-founder of the World Farriers Association, testified to in the early 2000s.
An entire industry has been created around maintaining the condition of hooves, yet horse owners continue to face horses that cannot be ridden. And it is almost all unnecessary, according to Jackson. The first half of the book addresses the whole horse - its evolutionary history, its biology and its ideal natural habitat, stressing the importance of meeting the needs of the species - physiologically and psychologically as a social, nomadic, herd and prey animal. He also explains in detail why the Great Basin wild horses are the ideal model for our domestic horses to emulate.
Defined as a humane barefoot trim method that mimics the natural wear patterns of those wild horses living in the Great Basin, the natural trim was created as a result of Jackson's discovery that simply by mimicking these natural wear patterns, healthy new growth patterns began to emerge, stimulating more naturally shaped hooves on the domestic horses in his practice. Some 300 photographs used in The Natural Trim illustrate a diverse array of healthy and unhealthy horses and hooves to help guide readers through the written instructions and step-by-step trim sequences in example of the most common foot pathologies frequently seen in our domestic horses. The Natural Trim provides a clear path to help grow and maintain a naturally shaped healthy barefoot hoof that can function at an optimal level called a 'biodynamically balanced hoof.' The Natural Trim is an excellent book for anyone who is interested in horses.
- Pets, Nature, Crafts + Hobbies
- J. Jackson Publishing
- August 8, 2012
- August 8, 2012