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The information presented on this blog represents "learning in progress" on my part, a horse owner, who was not satisfied with professional farriers and took matters in my own hands. As far as I am aware at the time of the post, the information presented is correct, but may change with me understanding more about hooves, in which case I will edit or remove the post. In order to follow my learning and understand everything about Molly's hoof, you need to start reading at the bottom.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

balanced horse - balanced ride

the best way for me to know that Molly's hooves are balanced is riding her. When I can stay on her balanced in both directions, my saddle does not lean towards the left and Molly isn't stiffly bracing through the corners on the right lead, I know her hooves are well balanced. And if I can do all this on a loose rein, it is even better. I would say that today was the first day in a long time that all of the above was true. It was wonderful. I have been working a lot on collection recently and bending transitions at a walk and trot. Maybe these exercises helped. Also, I must say, since I have the bitless bridle, it is just so much easier to get Molly soft in her poll without even the slightest resistance on her part.  Also, I think I have become a much better rider, since I am much more aware of my own balance, especially in the corners and on circles.

Bitless bridle and balanced hooves (and of course my much loved Sharon Saare custom saddle) make a world of a difference on Molly's and my riding. Since I have the bitless bridle, I have never once touched the bitted bridle  anymore.


  1. Hey, found your blog through a Rockley Farms blog post and read about your adventures in barefoot trimming. My own hoof trimming started when i realized how horridly contracted my paint's fonts were and sought out a barefoot trimmer to learn from. After multiple lessons and hundreds of pages of reading i've finally got a handle on his feet and he's improving.

    I just wanted to say, keep up the good work and i'd like to see more of those book/trimming style reviews, i think the one you had was very informative

  2. thank you! I am going to write more of that sort, just will take a while :-)!