When I trim, I am keen to explain to owners the principles of trimming the feet of their horse for what it is required to do. Some owners have an interest in becoming involved in trimming their own horse’s feet. I am happy to extend the advice I give for an owner to carry out ‘maintenance’ trims in between my routine visits, and this advice would often be included in my trimming charge (up to ¾ hour). For owners who are interested in taking this further and wish to trim their horse’s feet. See All Services
I do not ‘shoe’ horses, however, I am very happy to meet up with your Vet and/or farrier/trimmer to discuss a problem case, whether shod or ‘barefoot’.
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I am very happy to give clinics and talk about any aspect of horses’ feet. Can be ‘understanding your horse’s feet’, ‘Foot lameness’, ‘Laminitis, If anyone would like me to give a clinic, whether in my local area or beyond then please Contact.See All Services
John Stewart is the author of ‘Understanding the Horse’s Feet’ (Crowood Press 2013). He was inducted into the International Equine Veterinarian Hall of Fame in 2012 (Sponsored by the American Farriers Journal)’
BAREFOOT GURUSMy recent research into aspects of the horse’s foot has included reading what different barefoot advocates say about different topics. This has highlighted the diversity of the advice provided by these groups.
The different groups:
There are a number of barefoot groups, each one relying on a figure-head, or ‘guru’. (guru = "influential teacher" or "popular expert"). These gurus must have sufficiently different opinions to have ideas to market, and sufficient conviction to promote them; ... Read more...
THE ‘LEDGE’The Ledge - Supporting P3
This article appeared in American Farriers Journal May/June 2014 pp 68-70
There seems to be some disagreement between hoofcare professionals as to the role of the sole in weight-bearing. To suggest that the laminar attachment of P3, with transference of the horses weight to the hoof wall, is not its major means of support seems to me as absurd as suggesting the sole should take no part in weight-bearing. ... Read more...
EQUINE METABOLIC SYNDROME (EMS)This article on EMS was written for the Natural Horse Magazine (Vol 16 Issue 1 Jan/Feb/Mar 2014 pp20-23)(Some aspects of EMS were covered in greater depth elsewhere in this magazine. (A Horse Guardian’s Guide to Feeding a Metabolically Challenged Horse. – Stephanie Krahl) + (A Lesson in Blood Chemistry Analysis and Interpretation for EMS/IR Horses – Joseph Thomas PhD)
It has been known for a long time that horses with Cushing’s Disease (now ... Read more...
‘Conditioning’ of the horse’s feetThis article was in the ‘web-exclusive’ content for the May/June American Farriers Journal
Having been shovelling dirt on this hot and sunny afternoon, it brought to mind thoughts about the ‘conditioning’ of horses’ feet. It is not just when a horse has its shoes removed to work without shoes (which some people refer to as ‘transitioning’) when this is relevant, but also needs to be considered when a shod horse lives and ... Read more...