Natural Hoof-Care Book Is Critical Of Farrier Practices

Jaime Jackson is well known for his persistence and teachings of natural trimming procedures. This book is one of several he has written on natural trimming and/or horsemanship.

Included in the review copy of this 312-page book were two field guides — a 32-page report dealing with natural hoof care and a 40-page guide dealing with sequencing that go along with several chapters in this book.

No Room For Shoeing

An educator and farrier from Lompoc, Calif., Jackson expounds on the natural care of the horse and chastises any manner of care that doesn’t meet his criteria. There is no room for the shoeing of horses in this book. No doubt he has seen his share of animal husbandry mistakes as well as shoeing horror stories.

While reading, I found terms that I was not familiar with such as sequencing, bulls eye, volar plane, healing angle, hoof mechanism and other terms that are clearly defined and explained.

Jackson does a great job of explaining hoof conformation and showing readers how to read hoof wear patterns. You’ll learn about husbandry skills and new terms such as “paddock paradise” that describes how you should deal with horses. You’ll even find out why only organic carrots should be fed to horses.


Unfortunately, this book is difficult to read and the forward did little to entice me to read more. I found his own life’s comparison to Leonardo da Vinci rather odd, in that he writes that no one will appreciate Jackson until…

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Randy S Luikart

Randy Luikart is a Hall of Fame farrier based in Ashland, Ohio. He has shod horses for more than 50 years and is a past president of the American Farrier’s Association.

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