Learning about hooves: Where to start? - The Horse Forum
  • 1 Post By Luce73
  • 1 Post By greentree
  • 2 Post By Hondo
  • 1 Post By Trinity3205
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 7 Old 08-17-2016, 08:51 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 719
• Horses: 0
Learning about hooves: Where to start?

Hi everyone,

I would like to learn more about hooves, care, diseases, problems, different ways of trimming. I wont be doing anything practical, so I'm just looking for resources to read up on the subject. There is so much out there that I'm a bit lost on where to start. I know 'hooves' is a bit broad, but I dont know enough to know how to start narrowing it down. Any suggestions for books/videos/articles/websites are very very welcome!

I know there was a thread in here once that had a bunch of resources listed but I cant find it, if anyone remembers what thread that was, please let me know..

As I said, i have no option to do anything practical or ask a farrier questions, since I lease and work full time, and I'm never at the barn when he comes out. (and I shouldn't be doing any 'practicing' on a horse anyway 0.o)

Thank you so much!
loosie likes this.
Luce73 is offline  
post #2 of 7 Old 08-17-2016, 09:25 AM
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 7,379
• Horses: 0
That would be the bottom of @loosie threads, I believe.

There are a couple of absolutely awesome British blogs that I used to follow, one was Rockley Ranch, the other I have to look up on the old ipad.....

Pete Ramey, ELPO, will get you a LOT of reading!

Have fun!
Luce73 likes this.
greentree is offline  
post #3 of 7 Old 08-17-2016, 09:54 AM
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Williams, Arizona
Posts: 5,537
• Horses: 0
Pete Ramey's website has lots of free informative articles that have been published in magazines in the past. And if you like to spend money, he sells great books and videos.

Link: Pete Ramey Hoof Rehab home. Horse hoof maintenance and care.

Gene Ovnicek is the founder behind Equine Lameness Prevention Organization. The E.L.P.O. website also has lots free information about the care of the equine foot. Link:Home

Gene has also made several very good videos that are on YouTube. Searching under either Gene Ovnicek or Hoofcare Today will bring up most if not all of his videos.

Gene also has videos for sale at Link: Natural Balance Hoof Care Ultimate Education Pack

These two guys are the most quoted people by the more knowledgeable hoof care practitioners. The American Farrier Association even references Gene Ovnicek.

Pete Ramey is a 100% barefoot person where Gene Ovnicek acknowledges that in the real world, there are situations where shoes are needed. So they diverge a little on that point.

If you learn a fraction of what these two guys know, you will be very knowledgeable on hoof care. That said, there is some things that, for me, just didn't quite sink in all the way until I actually faced them with my hands, eyes, and a horse.

I started the pilgrimage you speak of about two years ago and feel I have only just begun.

Good Luck!
Luce73 and greentree like this.

The Mustang has no place in modern society. The Mustang belongs on the range or in a supportive forever home. Me too.
Hondo is offline  
post #4 of 7 Old 08-17-2016, 10:44 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 719
• Horses: 0
Thank you for the links! Seems like a great place to start
Luce73 is offline  
post #5 of 7 Old 08-18-2016, 09:27 AM
Super Moderator
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Australia
Posts: 20,257
• Horses: 0
Yeah, signature line below my posts is the thread link. If you want to post pics of your horse's hooves for more specific advice/opinions, check out the other link, for what angles are important to give the most accurate idea. Happy travels!

Some info I've found helpful; [COLOR=Lime][B]www.horseforum.com/horse-health/hoof-lameness-info-horse-owners-89836/
For taking critique pics; [COLOR=Lime][B]https://www.horseforum.com/members/41...res-128437.jpg
loosie is offline  
post #6 of 7 Old 08-18-2016, 09:55 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 719
• Horses: 0
Thank you for pointing me in the right direction Loosie! That was the thread I was looking for Looks like I have plenty of homework to do ;)
Luce73 is offline  
post #7 of 7 Old 08-18-2016, 07:45 PM
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Sevierville, TN
Posts: 1,810
• Horses: 4
Also, free videos here Some short some long. Hoofcare Today - Hoofcare Today
waresbear likes this.

Married to my One! 10-11-13 Steampunk style:)
Trinity3205 is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Where To Start Learning Western Riding? rideprosperously Western Riding 10 01-22-2016 01:24 AM
Learning to trim my horses hooves Liligirl Horse Health 3 01-19-2015 09:35 PM
Age to start cleaning hooves? mugsy44875 Horse Riding & Horse Activity 12 07-01-2014 05:05 PM
Learning to trim Hooves, nervous! DoubleS Horse Health 4 07-15-2012 12:59 PM
Where to start(learning the basics) OkieGal Hoof Care 10 04-28-2012 03:18 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome