My work as certified Natural Hoof Care Practitioner is based on research on the lifestyle and the hooves of the wild horse of the U.S. Great Basin -- the mustang. Such a horse can move rigorously and without pain over the roughest terrain, and without any hoof protection except what nature has given him from birthright. He lives his life without shoes and his feet do not suffer from it. Health and hoof disorders that plague his domestic cousins everywhere are unknown to him. Are our domestic horses exempt from such good fortune? The answer is no.