I just thought I would share my exprience yesterday.
I have always have been a "fan" of the barefoot trims. I always knew (in my mind & from the little research, I have done) that the natural hoof was "more" healthier. Up until this past year I was lucky enough to have "tough" Arab feet to take care off. Recently I got a rescue TB. Here feet were terrible. As I researched & researched on diet, hoof products & suppliments it became very obvious to me that what I thoguth was barefoot trims were not really the "REAL" thought of a BAREfoot trim of the "Natural" horse. Needless to say I started to research more on the BAREFOOT[b] trims and became even more amazed at how much my 20 + years of expreience never brought me! LOL. I learned a whole NEW aspect of the natural Barefoot trim.
As I began to conduct my personal search for a "Natural" horse trimmer my BO was doing the same thing on a whim! She had a mare that had after yrs of being shoed become very tenderfooted "even" with shoes & very lame often. She also found that her mare who is general calm & well behave became very negative when it became time to get her shoes done! (Trying to make an already long story short) she found someone before I did and had him to the barn for a consult. He not only looked at her horses but "us" two boarders as well. He gave consults on all the horses at the farm. She was thrilled by him & called me. I told her I was personally researching the idea & told her I was thrilled to give him a try as oppose of our "normal" guy who just trims & shoes. Dan Lynch was his name & my god that MAN knows his stuff. He took every horse he did yesterday (5) to be exact and educated us about what was wrong with the horses hoof & how we can correct it & what we can do etc etc. He told us many options & gave us every educational aspect that he knew. He explained everything he did and why he did it. He made sure we understood why he was doing it. He was wonderful. He also took a pic of ever horse & their hooves. He had a voice recorder & recorded his thoughts & what actions he wanted to move onto next time he came out. After he was done with ever horse he did a quick lunge or walk around the pasture to make sure the horse was not "sore"! He was good with all the horses and all the horses seemed to love him & his loving touch. He does not tie he only ground ties & has no one help or hold the horses. It was totally amazing. :wink: I can not say how happy I am with him.
Good thing is everything he records & takes pictures of he takes home & creates a file about you & your horse. Every change or update he does he emails you the file & info.
Not only was he a trimmer but he hung around & talked to us about other various "training" tips & excersises to try around the field & on the trails. Amazing man. He has followed "Pete Ramey" which I'm sure many of you may know. What an amazing character!
What are everyone else's experiences on natural trimmers? Pro's & Con's are okay. Any other advice you want to tell me or show me. This is all very exciting to me! LOL.
sounds like a lucky find :D I would love to find a natural trimmer in my area...unfortunately there aren't any nearby...so I had to learn myself. Followed Pete Ramey's book.
Yay this is basically what this guy did. Then he went to a bunch of clinics followed him around for awhile. he's great! Best of luck in learning.
i am also starting my barefoot trimming journey!
very affordable, too! My current farrier charges 100 for front shoes and a back trim.
I found a trimmer, she seems great. Only charges 45, which is amazing considering this is northern virginia and "reasonable" is like double what it should be.
Have to admit yours does seem better, though :evil:
tell him to move to nova :P
BrwnEyedGrl- you know my response to this! I'm so glad you found someone!! I feel the same about my barefoot farrier! Hopefully the website I shared with you jumpstarted your search! :D
I have always had barefoot horses, but trying to find a TRUE barefoot trimmer was tough.
I just found someone who does work shops and is teaching me how to trim my own horses! IT is great! Although my back can't keep up with it, so now hubby is learning too.
God Bless the great barefoot trimmer!!! :wink: I just love love love the gal that does our horses. She TOTALLY cares about the whole horse! When Dumas colic'ed she was there for us offering up pain meds and giving us newbies advice along the way...I can call her for a sounding board for all things horsie and she is just happy as a clam to help out. She's DEFINATELY getting a christmas gift from this family!!!!!
Hi, I am new to this forum and just wanted to share my 2 cents on barefoot care as well. I love it and have a wonderful lady that trims my horses and she is just fabulous! She looks at the whole horse as well. I just recently had to put my peruvian paso mare down due to the progression of dsld (daily living was getting WAY to much for her and I had to make the painful decision to end her struggle) When my vet came out to look at her and to tell me that yes indeed it is dsld progressing she said that the natural trim did keep her sound for the last couple years. I am a firm believer in the trim and will continue to use it on my mountain horses! Good luck to you with your new trimmer!
Tell your guy that if he wants to move to Texas, I'll put him up at my house. :lol: .
It's about all I can do, just keeping a reliable "regular" trimmer. Trying to talk "Barefoot" is like a talking forgien language to the farriers around here.
I won't tell her because I don't know who I would replace her with :lol: She is certified in massage therapy for animals, barefoot hoof care and now she is getting certified in natural balance dentistry- VERY cool and she worked on my horses teeth- I would have never believed it if I didn't see it myself....no sedation and my horse loved it- leaned into it and followed her around like a puppy! Just amazing!
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