Hoof Care - "About 2 years ago, I purchased a Halflinger pony named Peaches. Peaches didn’t necessarily have any glaring hoof problems, but she did have a few issues nonetheless.
First of all, Peaches was simply difficult to trim. Her short, thick limbs made it painful for her when a farrier would pull her foot out to one side and hold it between his knees. Peaches would baulk and rear and generally misbehave trying to avoid the pain. Katie kneels down to trim so that my pony’s knees aren’t twisted outward into that painful position. Peaches still sometimes expects pain and tries to act out, but Katie is patient and fair and succinct with her discipline. Ultimately, Peaches will calm down and allow Katie to continue.
Secondly, Peaches was very tender footed when I first got her. She absolutely DREADED any path, trail, or terrain that even appeared to have rocks on it. She would skirt the trail dragging me under limbs and up against trees trying to avoid those painful, awful rocks. I even went so far as to purchase expensive boots for her so she could relax and enjoy our trail riding. Now, after almost 2 years of regular natural trims by Katie, Peaches is no longer tender footed. I will still boot her if we are going to ride really rocky trails to protect her hooves, but at least now, she can ride normal trail footing without chronic pain or discomfort.
Another thing I’ve noticed with ALL my horses since Katie began trimming them is their hooves’ ability to self clean! I used to have a terrible problem with chronic thrush in all my equines due to mud and debris staying packed up in the hoof grooves. But now, even through an abnormally wet winter, none of my horses have thrush! My horses hooves also no longer seem to grow out as quickly, and their hooves don’t crack, chip, or break off like before. Overall, the total health of their hooves is greatly improved.
After owning and enjoying horses for over 49 years, I wish I had had access to someone like Katie all along. So much time, grief, and expense could have been spared with this type of barefoot trimming technique. Thank God we have it now, and Thank you, Katie, for being our Equine Hoof Specialist!"
Melinda McMillion, Peaches' Mom
April 21, 2016