Beginning in the summer of 2010 I have refocused on Body Work and “Restorative Training and Riding” with Jill Wilcox. I will continue to offer “Learn to Trim Your Horse” clinics to owners and help people on-line, however.
Locally, I encourage you to contact my two friends and colleagues. Like farriers, not all trimmers are equally gifted. Buyer Beware. If you aren’t local I have another article directing you to resources. As I update this (11/2010) I would check out AHA, which is very small, and Equine Science Academy, for students or grads.
Kate Simmer took over my practice. She began trimming her own QH, Eddie, in 2007 and has studied with barefoot farrier Laura Florence. She is excellent with horses. I will post her email shortly.
Barefoot Farrier Laura Florence left a 7 year career at New Bolton to begin a private barefoot practice. She has seen everything and I sent the more complicated cases to her.
“Learn to Trim Your Horse” On-line
Body worker Hoppy Stearn and head of Equine Touch Jock Ruddock have said that horses trimmed by their owners have fewer body problems and less severe ones. Keeping the feet balanced on a weekly or every other week basis is huge.
I encourage all owners to learn how to reapply the mustang roll on a weekly basis. Distorted and pathological hooves quickly become beautiful and healthy with regular care. Since I began in 2004, I have come across only TWO horses who had correct hooves. Shoes and unnatural trims distort hooves and effect not only feet and gait but the health of your horse.
I offer a power point presentation followed by trimming a horse in the late afternoon and I will try to answer questions you have over dinner. We may want to view a DVD by Pete Ramey also. I will stay in the area for a long weekend and work with each participant on her horse. The group is invited to watch and learn during every trim. Suggested Cost: $100 with horse. $50 audit. $50 to trim additional horses. I will bring rasps and Hoof Jacks as needed. Flexible fees for students and rescues. About 10 students usually are needed to cover the airfare. A local organizer must pull things together for me. Again the price is flexible; I would like to come home with a minimum of $500 in my pocket. My intent is to help horses and their people. I will do body work on as many horses as I can, before trimming. Straight Horse, then Straight Hooves. I expect each group of attendees to then create a support group. Help each other. Help others. It’s the only ways we can help all the horses who need us! You Can Do It!