I have been reading up on this stuff but at the same time, books and articles generally expect that the reader has a certain level of knowledge on the subject all ready and I don't. So while I am reading stuff about the different methods, it all just kinda makes me think "say what?"
I found a site that seems to give a brief overview of the methods but again, since I have no knowledge about the methods, I'm not sure how correct this information is... The Horse's Hoof: Trimming Method
Needless to say, I don't think I'm going to be going with the strasser people, that sounds too scary for my baby's hooves. Haha
Now I'm just wondering about Natural balance, wild horse model and the AANHCP (it looks like they do some version of the wild horse model?) Any amazing insightful knowledge out there?
I haven't read much of the Strasser method, but what I have heard was too invasive.
From what I've read, a Natural Balance Farrier *should* be able to trim a horse to go barefoot and keep the horse sound barefoot. Here's a paragraph from the website....SHORT Definition (Description) of the Natural Balance Trim
To start, we should define what good hoof balance consists of. In my opinion, the hoof is balance when the bottom of the distal phalanx (P-3 or cofin bone) is parallel to the ground on a medial/lateral (inside to outside) plane. From an anterior/posterior (front to back) plane, the distal phalanx should be elevated between 3 to 5 degrees, proximal caudally (up in the back). (Figure 2) This can be achieved by using the live, functional sole structures (frog, bars, sole callus, live sole) to balance the foot. A slight rocker should be produced from the inner edge of the sole callus, foward. The remaining hoof wall should be trimmed relative to the live sole and the heels should end near the back of the frog. The only frog and bars that should be removed is that which is already exfoliating. Results should be consistent with how horses wear their feet in a self-maintaining environment (domestic or feral).
That is basically the way I trim my horses who have been sound since I've been trimming them..
AANHCP's should also be able to do the same as far as I know. But no matter what certification a farrier or trimmer has, does not mean he/she will do a good job. So, horse owners need to educate themselves so they will know what a good trim is.