Dear Sandra,
I just wanted to drop a quick line to let you know how the pea gravel is working out. First of all I want to thank you for telling me about it. I finally have the best stuff out there for my stalls. I know what you said about how theraputic it is for their feet and I am very happy about that but the other things that I have noticed are amazing. When they lay down in it, it's like a memory foam mattress is to us, very giving and comfortable. They have no more hock sores either. I put it four inches thick like you said. It is also a breeze to clean with the manure fork. After a rain there are no puddles, it filters right through and also no nasty pee spots. I got it from American Rock and they gave me a discount because I got enough for all of my stalls, and then I went a little crazy and put it in the areana. I figured since they spend so much time out there that they would benefit from it in there as well. My husband in not thrilled with me for that as it is a booger to drag, it is so heavy that it bogs down the tractor. Anyway, thanks again for continuing to educate me on how to take care of my horses in a better way. You are the best! Sincerely yours, Cindy
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Testimonials
 

Just wanted to let you know Callie and I went on our first trail ride without boots today.  I wasn't planning on taking her over rocks since I didn't put the boots on but she made the first move and cut through the rocky desert without even flinching!  It was the first time I've ever seen her walk on any rocky surface without limping!  Thank you so much for helping her get her healthy feet back!  I've been using the soaked cotton balls in her feet everyday and that's really helped with some of her sensitivity.  She still has a ways to go before her feet are truly healthy, but she's coming along great thanks to your help :)

 

Take care,

Melissa

My testimonial.

 

I studied off the Pete Ramie's DVD set which I found to be great worth

The money but when I looked at my horseís hooves all 10 them, not one

Looked like the ones on his DVDís.  So I did the best I could but knew

I was missing something. I went searching and met with someone that

Recommended Asa to me.  I reviewed her site and saw that she was from

the same school of thought, so I made an appointment for her to come

to our barn. I had no idea what I was in for.  She came packed like

a bomb full of pertinent information, everything I needed and was

searching to know.  She was so informative other boarders watched and

began asking questions.  When she pulled out the domesticated and

feral hooves for us to study the difference, well that was all it

took, more and more people began getting interested.  Two boarders

took their shoes off of their horses right then and there. When it

makes sense logic luckily takes over nonsensical tradition.

 

Well I thought I was going to be able to do all 10 horses but

Unfortunately my muscles were not prepared.  It didn't matter because

we could talk non stop about hooves and when she left I was so full of

information to digest.  OH and one of the best parts was her

introducing me to the grinder, another more up to date approach to

natural hoof care.  I thought the horses would be spooky but she

showed me how to introduce the grinder and my most difficult case, my

mini stood calm and I believe she even liked it!  That too makes sense

after all how great can the rasp feel, foot jerking vs. the grinder

gently vibrating away while the hoof rests gently in your hand?

                                                                                                    Marcia Santos

 
 
THis letter is from my friend Maria  about a question about  her hay nets.
Hi Diane,
yes the haynets I have are from miller's. I'm guessing they can be stuffed to about 25-30lbs. I mostly can fit 3 flakes(the 3-4lbs) or 2 flakes of grass/alfalfa mix(the 10lb flakes) without having to cram it in. I put 3 hay nets in the arena morning and night and it extends their eating time so much that they never eat it all before I refill them.
They are a pain to stuff since the nylon material is stretchy. I put the hay net inside of an empty water bucket and tie it around the edges then stuff the hay net and tie it up. I would suggest ordering extra hay nets so you can stuff enough for a day or two to make it easier on you.
I took some pics of the horses eating so you can see how big they are in comparison to the horses. The two chesnuts are full sized, and the pony is 12.3h, 700lbs. They've been eating for about 4 hours now, and as you can see in the pics, there's still a lot left to go. The haybag it self is probably 2 feet long and 2 feet wide. At the end it does taper into a metal ring.
They are very, very durable. The quarterhorse paws at his all the time to get the hay to rise to the surface of the net easier.
I absolutely LOVE them, and they are so cheap!
I also attached a pic of the type of bucket I use to stuff them.
I tie the haynets so they hang low so they still  are technically eating off of the ground like in the wild :)
 

 
                                                                                08-19-08

Asa,

 

Itís the first time in 3 years since I've owned Sierra that she could walk w/out a limp

the day after she was trimmed!

And she RAN~BUCKED~ & kicked up her heels last night.

When I went to clean & soak this am, she was a little stubborn, but it did

Not take a lot to get those huge hooves up!

                                                                 

                                                                Julia Popperwell

8/21/08

Ňsa,

 

I would just like to thank you for everything you have done for my Baby Boy.  It has been two and a half, long, hard years of recovery for him.  I am so happy with the tremendous progress that Baby has made and is continuing to make.  He has gone from having size double 00 hooves when you took his shoes off, to now being in a size 1 Easy boot!  I have finally been able to get him to gain weight, and actually keep it there, and his coat is, for once, shiny and beautiful.  He no longer trips over his own feet, and I do not have any more lead problems either.  Remember when he was getting 3 or 4 abscesses in each front hoof every few months (when the old ones healed, new ones were already forming)?  Well, those have just about disappeared altogether. All of those long months of soaking and diapering (on his feet of course) were completely and totally worth it.  I am so proud to have stuck it out all these years, and I could not have done it without your guidance, advice, and help.  Thank you for always being available to answer any and all of my questions and for making the time to come out for all of Baby Boy and mineís emergencies! I appreciate everything you do, and for helping my horse to be healthy and happy.  His depression is completely gone.  Thank you again!

Asa,

 

    So I trimmed Trugger like you showed me, without being so scared, and he did have an amazing amount of dead sole I had left for so long. I probably could have removed more but I will see next time. His toe is shorter now and his heals still low, but best of all he is not tender on gravel roads anymore. He used to be tender footed on the gravel road and not want to trot or run down one. Now he is  more than willing to move on the road for me. No more little bucks-I feel bad that his feet caused him that grief on that kind of surface till now. I am just happy I didn't reprimand him for it. I thought it was due to the bridle set up before. Thanks! That just supports all your evidence you have gathered!  Priscilla