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.
Natural Barefoot Trimming: The Hoof Guided Method by Maureen Tierney
This book (also comes with instructional DVD) is the foundation of my barefoot trimming – I first learned to trim from an HGM trained barefoot trimmer. The HGM was developed by Maureen Tierney. It is very beginner friendly, perfect for those just learning to trim. Her book is very easy to read and simple to understand. Maureen uses a “less is more” approach and I value her emphasis on how to “read” the hoof and to realize that the hoof is smart and does not need to be micro-managed. Her approach is very common sense.
Making Natural Hoof Care Work For You by Pete Ramey
This is a great introduction to barefoot trimming for both horse owners and trimmers alike. Pete covers topics like transitioning out of shoes, his natural trimming method, choosing the right hoof boot, lifestyle changes, and more. This is a 2003 publication and he has said he does some things differently now, but this is an excellent resource for modern barefoot trimming. Lots of pictures and easy to understand explanations of anatomy and trimming.
The Natural Trim: Principles and Practice by Jaime Jackson
This is a more heavy duty book compared to the first two. I was thankful I read it after I was familiar with barefoot trimming concepts. Jaime Jackson developed a model for “Natural Hoof Care” including his own trimming method (“The Natural Trim”), a Paddock Paradise system for natural horse boarding which is awesome, and the organization Association for the Advancement of Natural Horse Care Practices (AAHCP for short). This book is filled with valuable insights, including anatomy, hoof form and function, and lots of practical information on trimming for a variety of hoof dysfunctions. I do not trim according to this method, but loved this book and got a lot out of it.
Care and Rehabilitation of the Equine Foot by Pete Ramey (plus various contributing authors)
This is *the* textbook to have as a hoofcare provider. I used to read it at lunch because I could only process some of the chapters for a short amount of time. Lots of information on anatomy, theory, nutrition, and practical trimming application. It definitely reads like a science textbook at times and is technical, but I haven’t found another book like it in scope or depth.
The Essential Hoof Book: The Complete Modern Guide to Horse Feet by Susan Kaufmann and Christina Cline
I saved the best for last! 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.