Equine Hoof Research - articles in relation to barefoot horses
A great deal of the recent breakthroughs into the hoof have come from Professor Robert Bowker, VMD, PhD. Professor Bowker is a Neurobiologist, Professor of Veterinary Medicine and a Biochemist and heads up the ground breaking research being done into the hoof at Michigan University.
Australia is very lucky to have Professor Bowker here for a short period every year, when he lectures at the Australian College of Equine Podiotherapy to vets and future Equine Podiotherapists in training. (www.equinepodiotherapy.com.au).
Professor Bowker believes it is very important that we fast track the results of hoof research to those working at the coal face of hoof care. His vast amount of research into the hoof at a cellular level are the bedrock upon which much of the barefoot trimming industry bases its current work.
Click here to read more of his research & articles:
Click here for an Equine Podiotherapists view of common hoof problems and their solutions with natural hoof care practices. An_overview_of_Common_Hoof_Problems_from_an_Equine_Podiotherapist-ver3.pdf
Magazine Articles on Barehoof Care by Andrew Bowe:
These articles below, are written by Andrew Bowe Master Farrier, Equine Podiotherapist and a Director of the Australian College of Equine Podiotherapy. (www.equinepodiotherapy.com.au). Andrew, a traditional Master Farrier for over 25 years, was the first farrier in Australia to re-evaluate his craft and to move to barefoot rehabilitation. He did this after seeing the healthy changes in the horses in his care after coming out of shoes and so became Australia's leading barefoot advocate & trainer. There is a lot of help and information in these articles and if you would like to learn to barefoot trim Andrew holds clinics and seminars under the name of The Barefoot Blacksmith.
Andrew & his wife Nicole run Mayfield Barehoof Care centre - www.barehoofcare.com Australia's only full time rehabilitation centre for laminitic and Navicular horses. His experiences and early barefoot cases are documented in his text book on laminitis rehab titled "The Pony That Didn't Die". He welcomes contact from farriers & veterinarians.