I find that nature’s design is what is best. Understanding how to apply nature’s design to the domestic horse is key. Not being shod, wild horse’s hooves provide an excellent example of how a horse’s foot should look. By covering many miles a day, over all kinds of terrain and eating a varied diet they keep their hooves, and teeth for that matter, in condition. Then man, in his infinite wisdom, pens a horse up and does not allow his physiology or personality to be preserved and then wonders why the horse develops behavioral issues.
David Jones, the inventor of Hoof Armor, originally went to college for Psychology and Engineering. Unusual combination; I know. At about 15 he came to own his first horse. The mare was actually purchased for his sister and after the little mare threw her a few times she became David’s. I guess that is how the love story began. As an adult, David again owned horses. He too had a farrier who put shoes on which then fell off just when he wanted to ride. David decided to attend farrier school himself! Once graduated from Farrier school and shoeing horses is when the Engineer in David decided that there had to be a better solution and he began the journey to the creation of Hoof Armor. It was 1999 when the formulation began and David’s Hoof Armor Patent, which he wrote himself, was awarded in 2002. Since then proving Hoof Armor’s ability to sustain its claim was the goal. It was during the 2007 Great Santa Fe Trail Race that David came to know Jason Stasiuk who after two days of racing with boots gave up on boots and switched to using Hoof Armor. Jason has been using Hoof Armor since then and most recently applied it to Cytron, an Arabian, who ran with CeCi Butler Stasiuk aboard, in the 2011 President’s Cup Race in Abu Dhabi and placed 20th out of 32 finishers and 100 entrants. An amazing accomplishment for rider, horse and crew! Hoof Armor was also used at the 2010 World Equestrian games on endurance horses out of DJB’s (Darolyn Jane Butler) stables. An endurance rider from Sweden also used the Hoof Armor at WEG for a total of five (5) riders. None of the horses experienced any lameness or hoof issues. Hoof Armor was used at Tevis Cup 2012 on a Morgan called Jazz for 55 miles. Unfortunately, the heat got to his human Tera who suffered from heat stroke. Fortunately, Jazz passed all vet checks with straight A’s and his hooves were in excellent condition with Hoof Armor as his hoof protection. Tera and Jazz were the first rider and horse duo to ride at Tevis barefoot! Then at the 2013 FHA 100 Pat & Memphis (Tennessee Walker) took 1st Place in the Light-weight division.
David felt that if Hoof Armor’s effectiveness could be substantiated in the endurance venue, over some of the toughest courses, and it has, then we could rightfully say to horse owners that Hoof Armor is a viable product for barefoot horses.
I too believe in doing what is natural for the horse. I am sure there are those who will disagree with me and that is okay. I am not suggesting Hoof Armor to the exclusion of other options that are today available, just that Hoof Armor is a viable, simple alternative which certainly supports hoof health and provides today’s equine community with a cutting edge product. Hoof Armor combined with a very natural trim that leaves the sole intact is a very natural alternative.