How to choose a trimmer, farrier or EP for your horse.

Get to know the professionals approach

Trimming to set guidelines and following a method can make you really good at following a method, but does it provide the best outcome for the horse? Trimming to lower the heels to the widest part of the frog, or to gain frog contact for instance in reality only consider the horses hoof in ONE PLANE. This does not consider alignment of the phalanges and HPA which is associated with optimum balance for soundness and longevity.

Studies have shown a direct correlation with low palmar and plantar angles and pathology in the foot and also in the limb. There are NO studies which show a correlation between lowering the heels to the level of the frog or to bring the heels to the widest part of the frog and improved or sustained soundness and protection from pathology. For example, Low plantar P3 angles have been found to be associated with increased incidence of lameness in the hind limb, primarily in the stifle, then the hock, then the ligamentous tissues (see: An investigation into the association between plantar distal phalanx angle and hindlimb lameness in a UK population of horses

P. E. Clements, I. Handel, S. A. McKane, R. P. Coomer

First published: 30 September 2019

So why are professionals still trimming in a manner which ignores the hoof in a 3D fashion and which creates or maintains poor alignment? Because they simply don't know what they don't know... who would want to intentionally harm a horse? Yet harm is still being caused....

The video below features a pony facing euthanasia due to laminitis, despite regular visits from a professional trimmer but this was not promoting healing. Our intervention facilitated a full and quick recovery.

Learn what is ideal hoof proportions and posture and ASK QUESTIONS!

Posture and hoof ideals are strongly associated with optimum biomechanics, soundness and resilience. Trimming and caring for the horse in a manner which does not promote ideals (hoof AND posture) can harm your horse. You could ask your hoof care professional (farrier, trimmer or EP) the following questions to ensure the whole horse is being appropriately considered in their approach:

Q1. how they believe the phalanges should be aligned and what is the ideal palmar or plantar angle for their horse?