Liberated Horsemanship is pleased to offer My Conversion: A Farrier’s Journey To Natural Hoof Care written by John Graves. John is a practicing natural horse care professional and field instructor based in Pueblo, Colorado. 

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Liberated Horsemanship is pleased to offer Hoof Adaptation written by Bruce Nock, Ph.D. Bruce is the founder of Liberated Horsemanship and a tenured neurobiologist at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

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Liberated Horsemanship is pleased to offer Choosing A Hoof Care Professional written by Bruce Nock, Ph.D.

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Choosing A Hoof Care Professional

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Liberated Horsemanship is pleased to offer Running Free written by free-lance writer Susan Johnston. Liberated Horsemanship commissioned Running Free to bring personal flavor to the story of Brian Hampson's research. It's spot on. We know you'll enjoy it. Brian will give a four hour presentation under the Liberated Horsemanship banner on October 17, 2009. This is an exclusive US engagement—a unique opportunity to hear cutting-edge information with significant implications for horse care and use.

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Liberated Horsemanship is pleased to offer Dressing to Trim ... Even When It’s Cold written by Liberated Horsemanship certified hoof care professional, Field Instructor and Clinician, Cynthia Niemela. Cynthia lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota about 15 miles from Mount Rushmore. She trims full-time in South Dakota and Minnesota under all sorts of challenging weather conditions. She is well qualified to give advice on how to dress for trimming hooves.

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Liberated Horsemanship is pleased to offer Barefoot Police Horses: How the Houston Police Department Became a Barefoot Herd of Hard Working Horses written by Senior Police Officer and Liberated Horsemanship certified hoof care professional Scott D. Berry. Scott has been a member of the Houston Police Department since 1989 and was instrumental in transitioning the Mounted Detail to barefoot horses, which has turned out to be a highly successful endeavor.

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NHC Training Article written by Dr. Bruce Nock, PhD. In this article, Bruce explains why the Liberated Horsemanship Natural Hoof Care Training Programs are the best available .

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“The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign asked for Bruce’s written expert comments on the deaths and injuries of wild horses which occurred during the recent wild horse gather conducted by the BLM in the Calico Complex of Northwestern Nevada. This article is Bruce’s reply.

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Navicular Disease: And The Barefoot Horse written by Carole Herder, President, Cavallo Horse & Rider Inc.

The Unfettered Foot: A Paradigm Change for Equine Podiatry written by Dr. Tomas G. Teskey, DVM. A must read if you are struggling with the question of whether to put shoes on your horse.

Wild Horses and Summer Stampedes was written by Dr. Bruce Nock, PhD in response to a request by the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign to provide “a brief comment on the impacts of a helicopter stampede on horses in summer, when foals are young and temperatures are high.”

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Wild Horses and Ecological Balance was written by Dr. Bruce Nock, PhD in response to a request by the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign to “Write a statement ... to submit as comments on the BLMs draft strategy for program reform on the implications of the BLM’s plans to control population by:

  1. “adjusting” the sex ratio of herds (60-40 male/female, 70/30 male/female)

  2. Establishing all male (gelded) herds

  3. Returning sterilized horses (gelded stallions, ovariectomized females to range?.”

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“Excellent article! JoAnne Bloomfield Wilson

“Well done!!!” Leslie Peeples

“WONDERFUL!” Kimba Kimbaslavia

“VERY WELL STATED” Karen Kelly

“DR. BRUCE! THIS IS ABSOLUTELY EXCELLENT! IT DESCRIBES TO WELL WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE MUSTANGS, I REALLY THINK THIS ARTICLE NEEDS TO GO OUT TO EVERY SINGLE PLOITICIAN IN THE US! IF YOUR WRITING DOESN'T WAKE THEM UP, I DON'T KNOW WHAT WILL! EXCELLENT ARTICLE FOR HUMANS AS WELL. THANKS SO MUCH FOR THIS EXCELLENT WORK!” Deb Burkhart Catlett

The Wild Horse Model: Worth Fighting For is a critical commentary written by Bruce Nock, MS, PhD on conclusions drawn about natural hoof care from wild horse research conducted in Australia and New Zealand.

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Worth Fighting For


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A major revision of Form Follows Function: Characteristics Of The Natural Hoof by Ann Corso, CHCP, Director, Liberated Horsemanship Barefoot Initiative. If you would like to know more about hoof care, this in-depth, no-nonsense article is for you.

In her latest article, Director of the LH Barefoot Initiative, Ann Corso, confesses to events that illustrate how a narrow perspective can offer false confidence, while impeding deeper understanding. She goes on to describe steps she uses to increase understanding of a complex topic, like the interplay among factors that affect horse health and well-being. Her commitment to diving below the surface of a subject is indicative of Liberated Horsemanship's approach to education and life-long learning.

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Menopause ...And Wild Horse Management was written by Bruce in response to a request by the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign. It is a commentary on the BLM’s announcement it may spay wild mares before returning them to the open range as a method of population control. This is the fourth article Bruce has written in support of wild horse preservation.

Police departments all over the world are in a state of instability. The prolonged economic downturn affected them just like the rest of us. Mounted police units have been hit particularly hard, as cities struggle to find ways to maintain basic law enforcement services. Quit a few cities have totally eliminated their mounted patrols to save money. There are even Facebook pages asking for help to save mounted patrols.

So, Scott and I have tried to do just that with this article. We would like it to be distributed as widely as possible. Hopefully, it will find it’s way into the hands of city and law enforcement officials who make decisions about the future of law enforcement in their community. You can help by passing the article along to as many people as possible. It’s a fairly large article ... too large to send by email. But you can let people know it’s here for download. Thanks for your help. Bruce

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