The Institute for Barefoot Equine Management
Ltd. (IBEM) is dedicated to providing the best equine care
possible. We view the world from the horses' eyes and base our
management on what the horse needs to thrive, not what is most
convenient for the human.
Our approach is holistic.
We look at the entire horse and how the horse is affected by
its environment. We are striving to achieve long term
soundness, not quick fixes. To do this, we must identify and
remove the cause(s) of unsoundness and allow the body to heal
Our Trimming Philosophy is:
"Do as little as you get away with, but as much as needed." This means, when you have achieved a certain trim where
the horse is comfortable, you leave it at this for now. If the horse is not loading properly, more needs to be done
until such good loading is achieved. As a result, each trim is slightly different for each horse, or even each hoof
on a single horse.
We offer education that is based on logic,
science, and proven management approaches. We believe that each
horse owner, given a sound knowledge base, will make better
decisions regarding their horses' care.
Our goal is
to offer training for horse owners to be able to provide a lifestyle to their horses, that allows them to go barefoot
successfully. We also provide training for people who want to learn Holistic Hoofcare as a trade and work in this field on
a professional basis. The current situation is that there are more people who would like their horses to go barefoot,
than there are people who can look after those horses' hooves.