What is Live Sole Hoof Mapping? Why use it?

Balanced Barefoot Trims

I am frequently asked if this trim is different than when trimming for shoes, and the answer is yes. In fact, this trim is different depending on each individual foot. As was listed above- conformation, environment, job, and owner expectations are all taken into consideration to achieve balance and comfort for your horse. The sole surface will be trimmed as necessary, flares addressed, the wall beveled to prevent chipping and the toe rolled when possible. Barefoot trims can be a hot topic among different styles of hoof care practitioners and horse owners. My philosophy on this is that the horse’s comfort and soundness come first, and there are many ways to achieve both. If the horse and owner are happy barefoot, I am happy with the horse barefoot.

There are markers on the sole surface of the hoof that can be used to locate where support should be brought to at the back of the foot, the true apex of the frog, the widest part of the foot/center of rotation of the coffin joint, the tip of the coffin bone and where breakover should be. This is beneficial for a variety of reasons, including: identifying and controlling distortions, knowing what to trim away and what to leave, balancing the foot 50/50 around the center of rotation, properly positioning breakover, reducing tendon tension, and promoting healthy hoof function. I map the feet every time, whether I draw the lines or not.

  • Haul-in Trim: Contact for pricing
  • Travel Trim: Contact for pricing

Prices are subject to increase depending on how much work there is, how long it has been since the last trim and the behavior of the horse.