Just like many of you, I once thought that anything to do with my horses' hoof care was my farriers' job.
I was pretty much told "not to muck around with his hooves - thats my job, leave them alone".
Which also meant early on in my journey with horses, I didn't even pick them out!
How could I possibly know what I was doing with my horses' hooves right?
I didn't know much about them at all - but should I?
I decided I needed to know more, do more and took action.
My questions first led me to professional training in Equine Massage (Cert. Equine Myofunctional Therapy) which gave me a greater understanding of the Equine body – but hooves – not so much.
There was a link between these horses I was seeing with upper body issues and well – crappy – hooves compared to the soft and supple horses with really well balanced and pathology free hooves.
Enter another 2 years of study for a Diploma in Equine Podiotherapy (Dip. Ept.)
I trimmed my horses from 2001 – started trimming Professionally from 2004.
I knew there were horses out there doing thousands of kilometres on bare hooves.
I knew those hooves were going the distance.
I wanted to know how to maintain soundness in hooves.
I wanted in on their secret sauce.
I wanted beautiful sound hooves on my horses that could take me anywhere.
What made the difference between an unsound "ouchy" horse and a true rock crunching horse?
I had to know more and do more to understand hooves.
It came down to maintenance.
Maintenance - by taking ownership of my horses hooves, diet and environment.
Maintenance - trying to always be on top of any small hoof infection before it became a big on.
Maintenance of my clients horses. Using simple effective solutions to help ease small issues.
Maintenance of my own horses, always focusing on form and function.
Prevention - by using simple effective products to ensure hoof health.
I have a passion for helping owners become more "hoof savvy" as its such an important aspect of whole body health for them. During my 20 odd years under the horse, the most rewarding aspect was empowering owners to become more involved and even move on to having the confidence to trim their own.
We want you to be in with healthier hooves that you've helped maintain.