The foundation to everything I do begins with ensuring a proper hoof trim. I do a four point trim. This puts the weight of the horse on the four pillars (four strongest points of the foot) while also rolling the toe (causes the foot to break faster and causes less stress on the tendon) and easing the breakover (also causes less stress on the tendon and helps prevent laminitis and navicular). I also align fetlock, pastern bone & cofin bone, proper alignment here prevents crushing in the heels, stress on the deep digital flexor tendon and prevents movement problems and inflamation.
I don't believe in making a horse sore in order to encourage hoof growth. It is best to put horses on a more frequent trim schedule in order to accomplish the growth needed without causing soreness and discomfort. I recommend a regular schedule rather than waiting for the hoof to get chipped or begin showing signs of wear, because by that point the hoof is already out of alignment and negates the effectivness and benefit of a sound 4-point trim.
Once the proper trim has been accomplished, I shape the shoe to match the white line of the hoof to promote proper hoof wall growth and match up the nails to this white line (strongest hold point for the nails, giving the shoe the longest wear life possible). Shoes that are improperly sized and placed tend to come off easily, taking much of the hoof wall with it as well as promoting improper (or unnatural) growth and creating a misalligned midial lateral balance. This in turn causes movement issues, such as atypical gates, crossfiring and discomfort.
Recommended Trim Schedule A typical trim schedule for the majority of horses is a 6 week rotation. This ensures the alignment of the hoof stays proper and prevents cracking and chipping. In the winter, horses energy is somewhat diverted to growing hair and the trim schedule can be extended to 7 or 8 weeks.
Navicular and Foundersbr> For houses that have navicular in particular, horses need more heel support to relieve the DDF tendon. For these horses I try to leave as much sole as possible while leaving enough cusion to prevent discomfort to support the coffin bone while also rolling the toe back.
Ongoing Education and Development The farrier craft is an exciting field to be in. I view this disapline as a healthcare practice and am always learning new approaches and applications from experts in the field and through continuing education. After appriniced for under some of the best farriers in the country for 5 years to gain a complete and thorough understanding and hands on application and believe this stange of my education was the single biggest contribution to my working knowledge over the years and provides my clients and the horses I work with, the best care possible.
Service My business is built on providing excellent service, keeping my commintments and being on time. Peers in my industry often see themselves as horse people, not business owners. I run my business based on a long-term satified customer base and strive to be a partner in my customers horse care program. I respect my customers time and the trust they place in me.