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By Fran McNicol

Perfect-bound paperback | 6 x 9 | 168 pages | March 30, 2021 | 978-1735814025


Friends, forage, and freedom! An afternoon spent reading Fran McNicol is a journey through the English countryside with her band of horses and loyal dog. Along the way, she shares her best practice techniques to achieve barefoot healthy horses pastured in social groups with access to forage in fields rewilded to combine best horse nutrition with best environmental practice.

Bare Hooves and Open Hearts


Fran McNicol has a passion for the scientific method, a love of horses and a deep curiosity about the world. She is constantly searching for knowledge and wisdom that will make the lives of her horses better. Her quest to improve the physical and mental health of her horses never ends. Her journey is a voyage of discovery, and one senses that it will continue to take her in many fascinating new directions. Tania Kindersley, author of The Place of Peace: Change Yourself, Change Your Horse and The Happy Horse: An Amateur's Guide to Being The Human Your Horse Deserves


A fascinating read. McNicol's empathy for horses combines with her medical background to confidently eschew accepted dogma, increasing her horse's performance while deepening their sense of well-being.

—Paul Robinson, author of The 5 Levels of Formality


If you're drawn to the ideals of natural horsekeeping and seek inspiration to break away from unhealthy traditions, this book is the perfect place to start.

—Emma Bailey, Equine Hoofcare Professional, Liberated Horsemanship Mentor


Friends, forage, and freedom! This may be a pivotal moment for me. I can't wait to put it into practice. Thank you, Truly thank you.

—Patricia Bade van Motman, President HJE Holland BV and European Hunter Jumper Equitation Foundation