Helping horses grow healthier feet

Qualified Natural Hoofcare in Central Virginia


My name is Anne Buteau. I have been trimming since 2000, and I am proud to be an American Hoof Association Certified Hoofcare Practitioner. There are members of this association all across the USA and a few in Europe.

           A while ago a client described me as "hoofcare coach"... I thought about that statement for a while, and there really is more to hoofcare than just having someone come out every 5-6 weeks and trim your horses feet.  There needs to be more owner participation than in traditional hoofcare, for "natural" or "alternative" methods to be successful. 

Success is growing as healthy a foot as is possible to grow on that horse. The owner will often be faced with negative attitudes towards this "fad" from other horse owners, and professionals. Assessing the challenges facing the horse and his feet, consulting with a veterinarian and other specialists if necessary, devising a plan of action and helping the horse owner follow through are some of the jobs of a "hoofcare coach"!! 

A healthy frog and digital cushion (DC)


A wide tough frog with no deep split down the center, a solid digital cushion, a thick conditioned calloused sole, strong, well attached walls, and robust rounded heel bulbs are some attributes of a healthy foot. 

 A short toe allows efficient breakover, and with the foot landing slightly heel first, there is no excessive pressure on the navicular area from the deep digital flexor tendon. The hoof mechanism  absorbs impact, rather than it being transmitted up the bony column and causing accumulated stress over time to joints, ligaments and tendons.

Unhealthy. Compare the frogs and heel bulbs especially, on this foot


Hooves do not become deformed or weak is an insidious process that happens slowly, and often only when the horse goes lame, is it acknowledged that maybe the feet aren't in the shape they should fact, what does a healthy foot really look like? Most people are really not aware of what makes up a healthy foot. 


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6556 James River Rd, Shipman, VA 22971, us

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