Christina Kusznir has been involved with horses since 1984. She discovered the benefits of natural lifestyle and barefoot horsekeeping when her the 15 yo OTTB was diagnosed with incurable navicular disease. Today, ten years later, he is sound and healthier than ever.  Today Christina is helping other horses become and remain sound in the Northern NJ, southern NY and eastern PA region.

Christina is passionate about spreading the word on achieving optimal health for horses by  providing for its physiological and emotional needs, and enabling a horse to live up to its full genetic potential and to perform outstandingly on the terrain it lives and competes on, by providing the most correct trim for its needs and conditions. We invite you to submit questions and cases for input from Christina as well as a rotating panel of invited experts. For public or private consultation, email barefoothoocare@verizon.net or phone 917 940 9327

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24 Responses to “About”

  1. Dan Says:

    Outstanding, Christina!
    Love it.
    If I can find the time I’d love to post some issues and cases.

    Dan

  2. Christina Says:

    Thank you Dan!

    Please do find the time. Your contributions will be very worthwhile.

    Christina

  3. Nicola Smith Says:

    There’s a lot of incorrect information on this site and also some terribly trimmed feet.

    To be honest if someone did my horse’s feet like they’ve been done on here I’d be absolutely furious.

  4. sarah Says:

    can you be specific?

  5. Christina Says:

    Hi Sarah, I’ve asked Nicola the same question. Hopefully she will come back and respond.

  6. Frank Orza Says:

    Hello Christina,

    In 1986 HorseSneakers became the first hoof boots made specifically for barefoot horses.

    If you look carefully at the other hoof boots you will realize HorseSneakers and Hoofwings have been imitated by all the other boot companies. That is not a complaint. My purpose has always been to change the way horses hooves are protected. Competition is the fastest way to advance technology.

    Do the hoof boots companies on your site pay you? If not, I hope you will include HorseSneaker Hoofwear on your site.

    Thank you,

    Frank Orza

  7. Christina Says:

    Hello Frank. Thanks for your comment. I do not accept any payment from any manufacturers (not that anyone has offered any, LOL!) I have just listed all the ones I am aware of, or those that have been brought to my attention as you have. I will be listing yours shortly; if I could get a good photo of the boot that conforms to the format I have set up, that would be helpful.

    Thanks!

  8. Mrs Mom Says:

    Christina,
    I am interested a couple things, if you don’t mind my asking.
    1- what exactly brought you to barefoot, was it just the diagnosis on your OTTB, or other things as well?
    2- Who/ where did you study with?

    Not trying to be a pain, I am just interested in other barefoot journeys, and have a “habit” of collecting odd bits of information along the way!

    For myself, my husband and I have had a barefoot practice for a while now. He was a traditional shoer, and I like to say I corrupted him to barefoot. When he suffered a devastating injury to his knee (requiring 2 surgeries,) and I had 2 babies quite close together, we made the difficult decision to scale down from 600 horses to 15 and one donkey. Quite a change, but … at least we still do some to help! 😉

    Did Nicola ever respond back to you? I’d also be interested in hearing her reasons for stating so strongly what she did here…

    Happy New Year!

  9. Csib Says:

    Hi Christina!
    Happy New Year to you and the horses!

    I just found your lovely blog and am glad it exists:)))
    Have you got any experience or have you heard about driving barfoot horses? Is there a way I could contact you via e-mail?
    I have got a website about horse carriage driving for recreation and pleasure. Please be welcomed to check it out on
    http://www.discover-horse-carriage-driving.com

    Cheers,
    Csib

  10. Christina Says:

    Hi Csib,
    Glad you found the site and that you like it.
    I do know about some barefoot driving horses. Please contact me at the email address listed under “Contact Us”.

  11. Christina Says:

    In response to Mrs. Mom’s post (#8), some answers: It was primarily my experience with my own, lame with navicular OTTB that was originally my primary catalyst in starting me on the barefoot journey. Its pursuit opened my understanding to much more than feet with regard to horses’ health. IOW healthy feet are just the start of enabling horses to be healthy; so much depends on a species-appropriate lifestyle.

    I also learned how to recognize healthy feet and became aware of how many poor, unbalanced trimming jobs are out there, unbeknownst to their caretakers. My purpose with this blog is to try and help owners understand what constitutes healthy feet.

    I have studied with or about all the major barefoot proponents through courses, seminars and clinics. Plus, spending time with individual farriers to familiarize myself with that aspect of the horse industry. I do not adhere to a particular philosophy other than a close-to-ground parallel coffin bone, and circulation through the hoof as a result of flexibility of the hoof as a primary source of the horse’s well being.

  12. Alex Says:

    Hi,

    Congratulations! This is a great blog and a fantastic resource. Nice work with the “terribly trimmed feet”. They are all showing great improvement. Keep it up!

    Best wishes.


  13. Hello and thank you for this blog. Please stop by mine over the next few days. I am thinking of going barefoot and have many questions etc etc. I will posting pics of the boys feet and any and all feed back are welcome. You can read the story of how I got on this slippery slope there as well. Thank you
    Jewel
    http://www.20metercircleoflife.blogspot.com

  14. Wendy Says:

    Do you have any suggestions for Saddleseat horses, who traditionally wear their hooves long with a large pad and/or weighted shoes? It seems impossible for this type of show horse to compete barefoot. Too many times, I have seen these horses step on themselves and rip off their shoes, usually with a portion of hoof, and I’m sure you have too. Just wondering what you would recommend,
    Wendy

    1. Christina Says:

      Yes, my suggestion is to change the tradition of wearing hooves long, large pads and weighted shoes. Why is it impossible for this type of show horse to compete barefoot? Because humans don’t wish to, plain and simple.

  15. Claire Says:

    I have the same question as Wendy. I have thought about training horses barefoot to get the horse to do the absolute best it can barefoot (with dressage techniques) and then try to improve movement and action from there (as or if needed). I would think it would allow for less weight and a more normal length of foot. This would also allow for daily turn out even during the show season.


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  17. Michaela Says:

    I own a seven year old Quarab gelding. I was online looking for a new barefoot trimmer, because after reading some articles on various websites and such, I’m not quite sure my current one is doing a great job. My horse has flares, growth rings, and there is something wrong with the frogs on his front hooves, they keep peeling and almost like falling apart. His hoof wall and sole also seem to be separated. His hooves look like a mess when you pick them up, but what I don’t understand is that he is completely sound. I am in Fairfield County, CT, do you serve that area? I’m also curious to know how much you charge for a trim? Thank you, and please e-mail me back.

    1. Christina Says:

      HI Michaela,
      the description of your horse’s feet doesn’t sound good at all. I do travel to your area and I will email you. In the meantime if you would like to, please send pictures to barefoothoofcare@verizon.net for review


  18. Hi Christine
    Nicola is a fool. She has no idea what she is talking about. I have been treating horses legs and hooves for 50 years and have come across some real idiots. There are actually more than I thought. You are doing great and your horses hooves look sensational. Check out our web site I would like to exchange information.

  19. Debra Aslan Says:

    Just wish you were in England! However I will be posting photos of the little darlings feet to see what you think could be causing lameness, vet was inconclusive. I have trimmer due next week to see if any better than the farrier has been doing, which I have not been happy about, he was leaving a lot of horn particularly at the heel so heavily peripherally loaded. He lifts his heel up when grazing poor darlng, it does ease with NSIAD’s Has been barefoot for about 3yrs

    1. Christina Says:

      I look forward to seeing your pictures. If you have someone competent to trim your horse’s feet, I can do a photo consultation which your hoofcare professional can use as a guideline.

      1. Debra Aslan Says:

        Oh I am so chuffed you replied so quickly. I have taken some pics today. They show front hooves only, backs are pretty good as they self trim as we only wear boots on the fronts for hacking. Marleys feet were trimmed 3 weeks ago. The left foot is lame, a lot of horn and bulging I thing by the coronary band (I understand only from reading your fab website) Ok I will try and send them now. I have an equine podiatrist booked for monday!
        🙂

  20. Trea Says:

    Horse shoes are from the Dark Ages. They compensate for BAD TRIMMING!
    It is amazing how difficult it is to correct peoples thinking.
    I was married to Human Chiroprator for 17 years. He was very good at getting people OUT OF Pain.
    I got him into adjusting Horses back in the mid ’80’s. Then I began rescuing horses from the Killers. My Daughter, Shasta, rode since she was 3 and by the time she was 9, she was competing very successfully on the “A” Circuit her in Southern California.
    “Lame to Fame Foundation” was doing great until my husband left with the horseshoer!!!
    It was shown to me how bad her shoeing was. All of my horses hooves were uneven and the bar was left in tact. I remember my favorite horse, Aragon, could not even stand when she removed the shoe.

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