the Hoof Balancer (Instructional Book)
34 pp, color printed, perfect bound.
The meaning of “balanced hooves” in the hoof care world is rife with unsubstantiated opinions and methods that compromise the natural integrity of the hoof and the ability of the horse to move naturally. Few agree on toe length, heel length, relative heel position to frog . . . relative lengths of the medial and lateral heels, front heels versus hind heels . . . on and on. Moreover, this widespread technical disparity continues endlessly by breed, competition, gait, and even hoof color!
The wild horse model is clear, however, that there shouldn’t be this type of incongruity at all. Nature has demonstrated unequivocally what the relationships are between the toe, quarters, heels and other structures of the capsule. Balancing the hoof, therefore, should never be left to chance, even with the most deformed hooves. Indeed, the complexities of capsule wryness, slipper toe, bull-nose, club foot, and under trimmed heels require that we have a clear path to balancing the hoof whatever its unnatural orientation.
The Hoof Balancer provides us with a quick, easy, accurate, and efficient way to balance the hoof based on the wild hoof model. It is recommended for use by all hoof care practitioners in the field, particularly when confronted with extreme capsule deformity.
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[Please read: Good news -- International shipping rates are now significantly reduced as this book is printed in Australia and Europe. However, when you place your order here for this book, the shipping rate is based on shipment from California -- it does not reflect the reduced rates. Typically, the US Postal Service will charge as much as $55 (USD) for shipping one book! Don't panic! I will refund the difference to you ASAP after I place your order through our distributor. UK and mainland Europe rates are now comparable to what it costs to ship across the US! Also worth noting, adding Paddock Paradise to your order barely raises the shipping rate. These international shipping rates do not yet apply to two of my other books, The Natural Trim and The Natural Horse.]
The Hoof Balancer Tool can be ordered here. For international orders, this ships separately from the book by 1st Class International Mail -- very reasonable.