Hoof Care Resources: Books

I set out to compile a list of resources for hoofcare providers, barefoot horse owners, or those who are interested in learning more about barefoot trimming and hoofcare. I am a part of several helpful Facebook groups, which you can read about and join here. There are also lots of educational books available. Here are some of my favorite hoof care books.

Books on Hoof Care / Rehab / Anatomy

Anatomy Books and Posters by Anatomy of the Equine / Paige Poss
I use these every day at work, they are wonderful instructional tools. Every barn and farrier should have a copy of these. I love the clear and detailed photography. Their Equine Laminitis book is also helpful for any owner/professional dealing with a laminitis case.

Natural Barefoot Trimming: The Hoof Guided Method by Maureen Tierney
The HGM was developed by Maureen Tierney. It is very beginner friendly, easy to read and simple to understand.

Care and Rehabilitation of the Equine Foot by Pete Ramey (plus various contributing authors)
This is a great textbook to have as a hoofcare provider. Lots of information on anatomy, theory, nutrition, and practical trimming application.

Insight to Equus by Dr. Tomas Teskey
This is book focused on holistic equine care, including hoof and dental health. I especially enjoyed the tone of the introduction, it doesn’t read like your usual dry textbook. Lots of photos included for the visual learners.

Feet First: Barefoot Performance and Hoof Rehabilitation by Nic Barker and Sarah Braithwaite
This is a great resource for owners wanting to understand how to best manage and support bare feet, especially for performance horses. It can be done!

The Essential Hoof Book: The Complete Modern Guide to Horse Feet by Susan Kaufmann and Christina Cline
This is the perfect book for both involved horse owners and hoofcare providers. Just published in 2017, it is brand new with up to date information. Chapters include anatomy (thankfully in plain English), how to recognize healthy and unhealthy feet, hoof related diseases and dysfunction, how to create healthy hooves, and so much more. I love this book.

Did I miss any? Let me know if you have other favorite hoof care books.

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