I learned of this website from someone on these forums. I just wanted to share it. Rockley Farm: Key blog posts
It specifically speaks about not trimming the horses hoof and allowing the horse to dictate what type of trim it needs, which ends up being the perfect shape for the horses own personal conformation.
I've only been practicing this for maybe 5-6 weeks. But my horse has been setting his own breakover and keeping his long toe trimmed back. The rear of the hoof is beginning to strengthen up already while the heels widen out as the frog is beginning to grow in nice and large. All my trimming tools are collecting dust, and from what I've seen happen already it appears that they'll be collecting dust for a very long time.
I can't say much about it, because I only have somewhere around a month's worth of experience with it. One thing I've noticed though, is that my horse is setting the breakover in the position that he needs it in, which is a different location from where I was setting it. It's not shorter or longer but slightly off to one side. I think the lateral side on all four hooves?.???.
But once you read through that blog this stuff just makes so much sense. I sure did a good job trimming while I was doing it and got lots of praise and compliments. But one thing that has been a revelation to me is that no matter how pretty I can make the hoof look, it still may not be what the horse wants and needs to allow them to move comfortably.
Something that I feel to be necessary, is that you need to find footing that your horse is comfortable moving over, with heel first landings. And consistently, and gradually if needed, begin to incorporate some rougher terrain for your horse to move over to help condition the hoof. And it's my opinion currently that this works really well if you're riding your horse consistently throughout the week. If you only ride maybe once or twice a week then you may need to incorporate some trimming.?.?.? Though I don't know for sure, it's just an opinion I have. But if the horses hoof is strong, then I imagine you would only need to go for a ride over some gravel roads if the hooves began to get long.