Coming from a horsey family I have owned and ridden ponies and horses from an early age. I competed in all disciplines throughout my childhood, then trained through the BHS exam system, becoming a BHS AI. I taught riding and schooled horses both in a riding school, and freelance.
I’m interested in classical dressage and have competed and won in affiliated competitions to medium level. I believe that dressage training should develop the horses well-being, and should not require physically or mentally harmful training methods.
I became involved in natural hoof care in 2002. My partner David and I were buying, backing and selling young horses. We were impressed with how sound and capable those horses were barefoot, and in the improved soundness and performance of older horses we de-shod.
I began researching trimming methods, being particularly impressed with the work of American trimmer and educator Pete Ramey, and decided to trim our horses myself.
I started being asked to trim for friends and clients I taught riding to, and was soon trimming part time. I decided that I wanted to trim full time and offer more people the benefits that barefoot had brought to us and our horses.
I completed the UKNHCP course in 2009, and have built up a busy hoof care business. Clients range from competition horses to happy hackers, and also the rehabilitation of a variety of lameness issues, including laminitis and navicular syndrome.
To achieve barefoot performance takes more than a good trim. It is a result of whole horse health. I encourage clients to consider the impact of management and nutrition on the physical and mental health of their horses, and in turn on hoof health.
Hoof care is a constantly evolving field. Veterinary researchers, trimmers and farriers are continually adding to our understanding of hoof form and function, and this is leading to improved ways of caring for our horses and their hooves.
I believe it is important to keep up with new thinking and enjoy reading and researching books and the internet, attending lectures and taking courses on hoof care and wider aspects of horse care and training, both online and in the real world.
28th March 1999 – British Horse Society Assistant Instructor
23rd April 1999 – NVQ Level 3 in horse care and management, including riding as a specialist unit.
17th-18th July 2008 – UKNHCP Conference with Robert Bowker
27th April 2009 – BHS Annual Convention with classical dressage trainer Anja Beran
23rd-24th May 2009 – Anja Beran classical dressage clinic
January 2010 – Dr. Kellon 10 week course – Reading Radiographs
May 2010 – Dr. Kellon 10 week course – NRC Plus nutrition
November 2010 – Dr. Kellon 10 week course – Nutrition as Therapy
7th-9th October 2011 – IAEP 3 day course
6th March 2012 – Inside natures giant’s dissection clinic with Wright and Morton Veterinary Hospital
10th March 2012 – Hand Made Shoes spring clinic with Brian Hampson
17th March 2012 – Equine body language and communication clinic
2nd March 2013 – UKNHCP information event – Interpreting radiographs and Understanding the Lymphatic System
2nd June 2013 – Andreas hausberger classical dressage clinic
22-23rd June 2013 – Manifestations of laterality clinic with Kerry Ridgway
20th July 2013 – Classical dressage clinic Charles de Kunffy and Gerd Heuchmann
17th-18th August 2013 – Vera Munderloch classical dressage clinic
20th September 2013 – “Ride from within” clinic with James Shaw
16th-17th November 2013 – UKNHCP training event
23rd – 25th May 2014 – Klaus schoniech clinic
18th October 2014 – UKNHCP information event with Paige Poss
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