Equine Barefoot Trimmer
I am a barefoot trimmer and horse advocate. I provide natural hoof care to horses, following the wild horse model. I strive for excellence in all aspects, from being punctual and professional, to how the horses are handled, conveying the utmost respect for every horse and owner. I establish a deep client base while maintaining horse’s feet on a 4-8 week cycle. I have successfully transitioned horses with shoes to be barefoot and balanced, and have also assisted with rescues and have worked with rehab horses. I have experience assisting owners with training “behavioral horses” and teaching them how to stand for farrier/trimmer/vet, groundwork and manners. From retired broodmares to endurance champions, pasture pets to performance horses, each horse and their wellbeing is equally as important. No horse is too small or too big.
Viewing the whole horse
Diet, movement, and proper trimming methods are crucial in producing healthy horses and hooves. We, as humans, have taken a species from the wild, that was meant to move and forage and made them soft. Just as with humans, the species as we know it is becoming weak, sick, and far from the models nature intended. If we would go back to our roots, to what we were created to do (hunt, roam, survive) we would see so many forms of sickness and disease fade away. Survival of the fittest has been removed from modern man’s way of thinking, and in doing so we prolong the life of the sick and the injured, therefore creating weaker beings. We have done the same thing to the horse. The horse is an amazing animal, but can only attempt to maintain life for so long before it breaks down due to the domestication we have placed upon it. Our goal should be for every single horse to thrive, not just survive.
It helps to take a step back and view the whole horse, physically and emotionally. What type of environment does your horse live in? Look at the wild horse and how much they move. Studies show an average of 10-30 miles of ground covered each day over variable terrain. Compare this to our domestic horses; are they chest high in irrigated, soft, sugar-filled lush pasture developing laminitis? Are they standing in a stall with stall mats, shavings and urine most of their day, only taking 800 steps except for their half hour of turnout? Is their coat dull and rough or shiny and soft? Are they receiving proper nutrition? Do we even know what proper nutrition is for an animal who was meant to graze and forage? It certainly isn’t found in a bag. Is your horse happy in a herd, or are they alone and stressed? Each of these are a contributing factor to producing a happy and healthy horse.
I encourage you to do the research, to be open minded, to never stop learning, to put your horse and their wellbeing first, and to give them the best life possible. It is, after all, our responsibility as equine stewards, which is defined as “the careful and responsible management of someone or something entrusted to your care”.