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I am often asked to explain the difference between a traditional trim and one practised by an AEP.

The traditional trim uses external angles of the hoof and its adjoining limb to create positive alignment. However, due to changes in stance, poor leg confirmation and deformities in the hoof, it is not always possible to achieve correct balance this way. A variety of shoes have been specifically designed to address this problem in order that no further thought need be given to providing the correct stimulus to promote proper foot function.  

In contrast, the ´High Performance Trim Method` focuses on balancing the hoof capsule to its internal structures. Using defined landmarks that have a close relation to the interior allows the foot to achieve proper neurological response when it hits the ground. This method requires a trained eye, capable of recognising proper structure within an otherwise deformed hoof capsule and how it relates to a correct foot.

When used in conjunction with a healthy hoof management plan, the ´High Performance Trim Method` allows the horse to develop an exceptional foot, one that can be achieved and maintained without the use of shoes.

Further information can be found by reading:
‘The Chosen Road’ by KC La Pierre.

Monty a previous laminitis patient, perfectly happy now and enjoying a busy and active life