These photos show the progression of trims on a mare that had off and on chronic lameness for the past few years and finally severe laminitis in September of 2018. We pulled her shoes and started her rehab journey. As of December she was sound and being ridden, and currently she shows a lot of great hoof growth and continued soundness. The upper growth under the coronary band (last 3 photos) shows you the angle the hoof wall needs to come in at in order to be well connected. In the first photo she had zero hoof wall connection, you can see that by the last photo she has grown in well connected hoof wall almost halfway down the hoof. Another 4 - 6 months and the rehab should be complete.
Before I started trimming this mare she was shod on the fronts in order to attempt to heal these hoof cracks and "hold the hoof together". The cracks were almost right up to her coronary band then. Check out the change in hoof wall growth since I started trimming her approx. 5 months ago. That tighter well connected upper growth is because I removed the long leveraging hoof wall she previously had. When the hoof is overgrown or not trimmed correctly to remove leverage it can pull and separate the new growth constantly and you end up with big flared and cracked feet. By trimming her frequently (every 4 weeks)and removing that leverage we are able to grow a much tighter wall that can better support the internal structures. The side effect of the tighter hoof wall is that the crack will grow out. This is only a few months of progress, I can’t wait to see that flared section grow completely out!
Now accepting new clients
I have been trimming for almost 10 years, I am certified by the Canadian Farrier School as well as the Oregon School of Natural Hoof Care. I specialize in laminitis, founder, navicular cases and corrective trimming, but I also trim on a maintenance basis. Most of my clients are on 3 - 6 week schedules, but some are more and some are less. Trimming schedules are based on each individual horse.
I am also a certified Equine Massage Therapist and bring to the table a unique skill set that incorporates the hoof and body connection. I do not subscribe to one specific trimming style, instead I encompass a variety of styles and techniques and apply to each individual horse basis on their unique hoof health and conditions.
I base my methods on the wild horse model of the US Great Basin horses that I have studied extensively. I am dedicated to learning and continue to further my knowledge every chance I get. I am passionate about barefoot horses, but I also understand the difficulties in transitioning horses to barefoot and have a variety of knowledge around alternatives to metal horseshoes such as synthetic horseshoes, booting options and other various forms of hoof protection.
Why Natural Trimming? Because Barefoot trimmers have a bad rap, and I am not strictly barefoot. I do believe barefoot is best, but not all horses can get there without the help of some form of hoof protection. I also apply hoof casts, glue on shoes, and Hoof Armor, which is a Kevlar based epoxy that works to prevent sole wear and provide some protection for sensitive and thin soled horses. I am also a dealer for Cavallo Hoof Boots and can measure and fit your horse with my fit kit and order boots to fit your horse's hoof shape and your riding needs.
Currently accepting new clients in Kelowna and surrounding areas. I travel to West Kelowna and Lake Country a couple of times a month. I will travel farther for 6 or more horses at the same location. I charge $40 per trim plus GST.
We are always looking for horses to trim during the 6 day course, trailer your horse(s) in for free trimming by the students under my direct supervision. Check the schedule page to see upcoming course dates and contact me to make arrangements. For larger herds we may be able to travel to you depending on your location, contact me to discuss the details.