FORNWALT LIVESTOCK COMPANY
FROM THE GROUND UP
We proudly provide the sustainable foundation for multiple Champion and Reserve Champion teams at both Regional and National levels in multiple disciplines.
Our natural, barefoot approach stems from the idea of trimming for soft tissue development and structural growth in simulating miles of natural wear, as opposed to merely trimming for maintenance. By trimming to mimic and encourage the natural wear and engagement a hoof would see in the wild, we're able to set the horse up to develop the sustainable, robust structures that evolution has perfected to support the rest of their body. In doing so, we're constantly asking the structures of the hoof to engage, as they were designed to.
A horses foot is built for and thrives on consistent stimulation and engagement- this builds live, protective sole and thick, shock-absorbing soft tissue, and promotes blood flow within the hoof capsule and along the entire limb, encouraging new growth and development. Most conventional trimming and shoeing methods impede flexion of the hoof capsule and rob the horse of the ability to engage the soft tissue in their feet, effectively causing limited blood flow, retention of dead hoof material, and atrophied soft tissue. More often than not, this results in an animal that is quite literally unable to support themselves without intervention (shoeing, pads, etc.), along with a variety of all too common conditions caused by compensation and the inability for the hoof system to function properly- navicular, laminitis, sidebone, ringbone, thrush, white line disease, etc.
While providing quality, detailed hoofcare, we employ a whole horse approach and focus on the proven concept that diet, movement, and mental state are massive contributors to quality hoof health and development.
Both functionally AND structurally sound feet are crucial to long term sustainability, efficient biomechanics, and comfort, regardless of workload or discipline. While your goals may not be blue ribbon based, your horse deserves a championship level foundation.
REHABILITATION AND DEVELOPMENT
Through focused, detailed trimming for comfort, balance, and increased development, we’re able to help horses find their natural state of equilibrium. This encourages proper weight bearing and balanced movement, restores hoof function, and fuels the body’s incredible ability for healing and rehabilitation.
With balance, engagement, movement, and diet, we can give the body the tools it needs to heal itself.