Applied Equine Podiatry: Barefoot Hoof Management

There is an old adage 'no foot, no horse' and this certainly still holds true today.  Horses are not evolved to wear metal shoes on their feet and equine podiatry seek to marry the long term comfort and well being of the horse along with the performance wishes of their handler.  Through advice, correct conditioning and balancing of the horses foot it is possible for a horse to achieve high levels of performance without the need for the application of shoes.

We follow the methodologies of KC La Pierre and the International Institute of Equine Podiatry; we are also  members of the Applied Equine Podiatry Association (UK)

Rather than focussing on a barefoot trim alone, applied equine podiatry offers complete rehabilitation and recommendations for the health of your horse and its feet. Where horse shoes are used for remedial purposes we believe that the body's ability to heal itself is compromised.  Removal of the shoes coupled with a partnership between the horse, its guardian and their horse care professional can seek to address the causes of the problems rather than masking the symptoms.

Our intial work with you may take 2 hours or more where we assess the suitability of equine podiatry for your  horse, ensuring you understand the responsibilities and the commitment required.

At a consultation we will thoroughly assess you, your horse, its environment and your expectations to ensure successful progress.  After each consultation we will provide you with detailed written recommendations and activities that need to be carried out before our next visit.  We will also give advice on your current environment and how it can be improved to suit the needs of your horse.
Follow up therapy may be needed every 3-6 weeks and possibly more frequently.  Going without shoes is a long term option which demands focus, compromise and commitment for you as well as a desire to work in partnership with us to achieve results.

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