We Track Graze all our horses, in order to balance their green grass intake. So we feed a little bit of grass but mostly hay as to reduce the high levels of sugars and starches found in most of our NZ grasses. Therefore we have an ad lib approach to hay, which is available 24/7 through our Natural Horse Slow Feed Haynets.
This Paddock Paradise/Species Appropriate approach has proved to be a marvellous tool for our herd of beloved waifs and strays, as most of them in our care came in as rescue/rehab horses, who often have special needs, and Tracking has helped us to manage a wide variety of various horses, who otherwise would have had to be locked up.
After many years of rehabbing rescue horses to go barefoot
with pretty much every hoof issue known, and the support and talent of our
fantastic barefoot trimmer, finally earlier last year I started trimming some
of my own horse’s hooves. One thing that struck me from the first trim is why
do we work so hard to do what nature will do for us for very little effort and
What I mean by this is that we know horses living in wild
environments who self-trim their own hooves , without ever being handled in
their lifetime let alone being trimmed every month, or 6 weeks etc……so surely
we have to ask why are we doing all this back breaking work trimming hooves when
if we set things up correctly in the horses environment and lifestyle that the
horse would trim his own hooves, and also do a very good job of it that suited
his unique set of circumstances/physique /terrain and the going too.