the Hoof Balancer Tool
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 veryify hoof balance 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.
The Hoof Balancer is made from durable polycarbonate (trade name “Lexan”). It is more scratch and break resistant than the acrylic plastics, but it is recommended that you keep it in its own protective carrier. Don’t leave it around for the horse or others to step on! To clean, the Hoof Balancer can be washed with warm water. It can be also be cleaned and polished with plastic cleaners.[I use: “Allstar ALL78200 Plexus Plastic Cleaner and Protectant,” but I'm sure there are other similar fine products that will work just as well.]
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