As a consequence of owning two horses, one of which suffered repeated abscessing, weak structures, navicular issues and associated back pain, addressed traditionally and unsuccessfully using a range of pads, wedges and shoes, and whose condition improved once shoes were removed and a change of environment was implemented. The other that we lost due to pathologies associated with the shod hoof, being high and low ringbone, side bone and arthritis, the 5 horses I now own are shoeless, the longest being without shoes since 2000.
It has been an invaluable learning curve and has taught me the vital role environmental conditions, exercise and structural balance has in this process. However, I still didn’t understand how the hoof functioned or realised how this impacted on the rest of the horse’s well being and never felt confident on how to trim.
Over time I had investigated alternative methods of hoof care, both traditional and barefoot, in my quest to gain further knowledge and understanding, but I just didn’t feel at ease with the theories promoted.
Having experienced a feeling of overwhelming helplessness due to a lack of knowledge when trying to deal traditionally with these problems it gave me the motivation to study both here and in the US and I became a qualified Applied Equine Podiatrist in October 2006.
This resulted in a rapid career change and a drive to investigate and implement other methods to return overall health. My interest in Zoopharmacognosy arose when I witnessed how well it worked with Applied Equine Podiatry, following many of it’s principles for returning health. It has become an integral part of my work in creating an environment conducive to healing utilizing the domesticated setting in a pro-active way.
I now have a wide and established practice often working alongside vets and other equine professionals.
In early childhood and from personal experience, I developed an interest in handling horses using various gentling, non-confrontational techniques and in 2001/02 completed the Monty Roberts Foundation Certificate in Horsemanship, Horse Psychology, Feeding and Nutrition and The Horse as an Athlete, Handling the Young Foal Clinic and Stud Practice and Handling the Untouched Horse – Intermediate. I’ve found these and other non-aggressive training techniques invaluable over time particularly when handling nervous or challenging horses. Examples can be seen under ‘Sound Foundations’.
DAEP (Oct 2006)
April 2019 – Equine Biome CPD Workshop with Dr Carol Hughes.
August 2017 – Ethnoveterinary Medicine by Dr Carol Hughes of Phytorigins
Nov 2016 – College of Naturopathic Medicine – Food for Life
Applied Zoopharmacognosist Jan 2013
Second Level AEP Academic
Jan – Diploma Ingraham Acadamy of Zoopharmacognosy
March – University of Edinburgh – Completed On line Equine Nutrition Course
September – Dr Kellon (Equine Nutritional Solutions) on line
Jan 2012 – Second Level AEP Academic
Zoopharmacognosy Diploma on-going
Jan 2012 – Evening Talk at Offas Dyke Endurance Society – Outline introduction to AEP, environment, balance and case studies showing progressive recovery from common hoof pathologies
March 2012 – Held class at Rose Farm College of Equine Studies and Therapies – On examples and case studies of common hoof pathologies and progressive recovery, posture, movement, AEP balance and trim method
Sept Apothecary Day Ingraham Academy of ZPC – CPD
Jan 2011 – Second Level AEP Academic
Feb 2011 – Full Fore and Hind Limb Dissection at Royal Agricultural College with Gillian Higgins of Horses Inside Out
Feb 2011 – Zoopharmacognosy Theory
Mar 2011 – Zoopharmacognosy – Equine Practical
Mar 2011 – Completed Certificate in Applied Zoopharmacognosy, Ingraham Acadamy of Zoopharmacognosy
Mar 2011 – Zoopharmacognosy – Essential Oils in Depth (Diploma Program) – Home Study Module
April 2011 – Held class at Rose Farm College of Equine Studies and Therapies – On examples of hoof health, imbalance and the affects on movement and posture before and after applying AEP
Aug 2011 – Zoopharmacognosy CPD day
Jan 2010 – Second Level Academic Advanced AEP On-Line Curriculum
Apr 2010 – Equine Touch Level 1
Aug 2010 – Held Lecture morning on Hoof Health and Movement Before and After applying AEP –
Rose Farm College of Equine Studies
Nov 2010 – Zoopharmacognosy – Equine Practical
Nov 2010 – Zoopharmacognosy – Pharmacology Theory
Nov 2010 – Zoopharmacognosy – Pharmacology – Home Study Module
Jan 2009 – Second Level Academic Advanced AEP On-Line Curriculum
Feb 2009 – Instructor Program, IAEP, Florida
Mar 2009 – La Pierre Performance Hoof Care 5 Day Course, Hitchin, UK
Apr 2009 – Assist Trevor Jones DAEP and Licensed Instructor – 3 Day IAEP Horseowner’s Course,
Rose Farm College of Equine Studies, Somerset
May 2009 – Attend Equine Stretch Day, Rose Farm College of Equine Studies, Somerset
May 2009 – Case Study for IAEP on the use of Silvetrasol
May 2009 – Assist Trevor Jones DAEP and Licensed Instructor – 3 Day IAEP Horseowner’s Course, Sussex
July 2009 – Instructor’s Program IAEP, Florida
Aug 2009 – Assist Trevor Jones DAEP and Licensed Instructor – 3 Day IAEP Horseowner’s Course, Sussex
Sept 2009 – Instructor’s Program IAEP, Florida
Jan 2008 – Second Level Academic Advanced AEP On-Line Curriculum
Jan 2008 – Second Level Advanced AEP Practical Week 2
Jan 2008 – Graduated as Perfect Hoof Wear Specialist in Advanced application
Jan 2008 – HORSE WORLD EXPO, TIMONIUM, MARYLAND, US – Assist KC at Demos, and Launch of PHW
Feb 2008 – HORSE WORLD EXPO, HARRISBURG, PA, US – Assist KC at demos and promote Perfect Hoof Wear
Mar 2008 – IAEP 5 Day course, Hitchin, UK
Oct 2008 – HORSE WORLD EXPO, W SPRINGFIELD, MA, US – Assist with the assembly and Introduction of the skeleton of a rescued Quarter horse called ‘Bit of Essence’ as an educational tool to show the affects of acute founder.
Feb 2007 International Hoof Care Summit, Cincinnati, Ohio – IAEP
June 2007- Commenced Second Level Academic Advanced AEP On-Line Curriculum
Oct 2007 – Second Level Advanced AEP Practical Week 1
Oct 2001 – 5 Day Intelligent Horsemanship Foundation Course
Feb 2002 – Handling the Untouched Horse
Feb 2002 – Horse Psychology
Mar 2002 – Feeding and Nutrition
Mar 2002 – Horse as an Athlete
May 2002 – Handling the Young Foal
May 2002 – Stud Practice
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