There's a barefoot
from all over the world are taking the shoes
off their horses and finding them to
be more athletic, more
capable, more surefooted and
healthier than ever. Commonplace are
stories and accounts of
"unsalvageable" horses who once
suffered the excruciating pain of
navicular disease or founder, being returned
to a state of soundness, free of
pain, and full of life. It's not
magic, it's as
simple as providing a natural diet,
the appropriate environment, and
proper barefoot care!
In our own little corner of the
world here at the Copper Caballo
Ranch, our barefoot horses are proof
to those who need it.
on a rocky trail.
over these rocks with ease. This
type of terrain is what a horse's
hoof was built to withstand. Getting
them to this point IS POSSIBLE!
Does it take time and patience to
grow a hoof that's tough as nails?
Sure, but the payoff is HUGE!
"...we now know that
steel damages horses'
feet: every time, all of the time, one-hundred
percent of the time, every minute that steel
contacts a horse's foot, damage is being done."
Dr. Tomas Teskey D.V.M.
more about going barefoot and the
Phoenix's Natural Horsekeeping Experts:
Specializing in Barefoot Hoof Transitions
At Copper Caballo Ranch we
offer confinement-free boarding, providing
full-turnout in a well-socialized herd in an
exclusively barefoot environment.
We use the pioneering principles of
to encourage maximum movement, provide various
surfaces that promote healthy barefoot hooves,
and stimulate socialization and play with other
horses in order to achieve a higher state of
physical and mental health for every horse.
Nestled in a private setting on 1.1 acres at
our new Phoenix/Paradise Valley location, we are
conveniently located at the Tatum and Shea Rd.
We invite ALL horses, and welcome those with
debilitating hoof issues such as navicular,
laminitis, founder, etc.
$425 monthly board includes farrier care.
Little Ranch with a BIG Mission
We're here to help change the standards of
horsecare traditionally accepted by horse
owners. We're here to demonstrate to farriers,
boarding stables, veterinarians, equine rescue
groups, trainers etc, that not only is there a better way
to care for horses, but we also invite them to
see it in action. Our horses deserve better than
to live in cages, to have their feet bound in
metal, to be isolated from others of their kind,
and to be fed improperly on a daily basis. Is it
scary to change? Yes! Does the horse industry
need to change? Absolutely!
"It's time to stand up for our horses.
We should no more force a horse to live in a
cage than we should force a loved one to
live in a room the size of a small bathroom.
Where's the humanity in that?" --
Rebecca Herbert-Clum, author of the upcoming
book Natural Horsekeeping in Action
Think Outside the Stall™
A recent study found that horses turned out
on only one acre, using non-incentivized
movement strategies, move an average of
three miles per day!! Stall
confinement can arguably only be measured in
"feet per day".
Stall confinement is severely detrimental to
horses both physically and emotionally. It
is an outdated and inhumane way to keep
horses. We do not endorse nor use stall
confinement, and we strongly believe it is
not a responsible method of horsekeeping.
convenience and profit margins should not be
determining factors in how a horse is cared
for, but until horse owners cry out for
progress, those limp excuses for sub-par
equine stewardship will continue to be the
poor standards accepted by the horse
industry as a whole.
"Without constant motion,
the circulatory system will function below
average, and regions of the body receive
inadequate supplies of blood, leading to any of
a variety of health problems. It reduces bone
density in adults, and in foals it prevents the
entire body from developing properly, from
hooves to lungs. Prolonged standing also results
in improper hoof growth and function, hoof
deformation, and conformational flaws."
--Dr. Hiltrud Strasser, author of
A Lifetime of Soundness.