So I finally talked to my trainer about my issues with just outright owning Lacey and she agreed with me that a good first step for me to take would be to start taking care of Lacey's farrier needs.
I'd like to try barefoot trimming and all that because it seems to me at least like it's healthier for the horse.
But so my dilemma is that I found a website that lists barefoot trimmers in my area but in their qualifications the 2 that are the closest to my area differ a lot.
One says that he is a certified Natural Balance trimmer and farrier, two talk about the Strasser method (I've heard that one is more invasive?), one follows the wild horse model, and one is 8/9 in the certification program of the AANHCP (Association for the Advancement of Natural Horse Care Practices) and has attended clinics by Peter Ramey and Dr. Robert Bowker.
Which one is the best? I plan to probably email them all but I'd like to be educated before I talk to them, yknow? What do all those people stand for? Are AANHCP people a bunch of crazies or is it only their name that makes them sound crazy? (no offense intended, I'm leary of large acronyms) The AANHCP guy is also the one that is the closest to me...
Does anybody have any information?
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