It all started with Leroy, a registered Quarter Horse, that stole my heart from the moment I saw him. My friends Amy and Shannon, both members of the Second Chance Rescue informed me of a new horse they had just aquired, sweet, gentle, quiet, and of all things "Bombproof". Just what I had been looking for. He just had a small problem. He had been diagnosed with Navicular. How bad could it be, I thought. So he needs special shoes, oh well, he is worth it. But after I brought him to the boarding facility that I was using at the time he started being three legged lame at the walk. I called the farrier I was using at the time. He said, you adopted what? Are you crazy, there are hundred of nice horses out there and you have to pick one with Navicular? You know he is going to need expensive shoes and pads and you know he is just going to get worse and worse, right? My vet didn't have any better news. So I began my search for a cure. I got on the internet and got educated about Navicular. Oh, boy! What had I gotten myself into. But, there was hope. These "crazy" barefoot people promised Navicular could be treated. And my search went on. Where would I find one of those barefoot trimmers. It looked like an expensive endeavor no matter what. I decided I could do the trimming myself with the right guidance. So, I found this lady, Gwen Browning Santagate , who came and did a mini clinic for me. She spent a whole day with me and taught me all about natural horse keeping, horses' hooves, and how to trim them. And we trimmed Leroy's feet. That was that. I have been obsessed with horses' feet ever since. I cannot look at a horse without looking at its feet. I am happy to report after a long road of trial and error trimming and several other barefoot trimmers' consultations my sweet Leroy is sound and happy. I am now an  AANHCP Certified Trimmer. I am also a  Liberated Horsemanship Certified Hoofcare Professional and a member of the AAPF (American Association of Professional Farriers ).
Balanced Barefoot Trims
I will trim your horse using the natural hoof care principles I learn in the AANHCP and by studying numerous barefoot enthusiasts such as Pete Ramey Linda Cowles , Page Poss , and some more traditional farriers such as Gene Overnicek , Stephen O'Grady DVM MRCVS. I also took some courses with Daisy Bicking where I learned how to relate outward markers on the hoofwall, sole, frog and the lower portion of the horse's leg to what might be going on inside the hoof in the absence of x-rays. I also took some courses with her on how to use glue-on shoes, in particular Epona Shoes and EasyShoes . I truly believe barefoot is the best way for any horse but in some instances there is a need to temporarily stabilize the hoof with shoes or casts for the comfort of the horse and to get them back on the way to healing their compromised feet. I will always work towards getting them back to barefoot if at all possible.