Qualifications & Experience
Diploma in Equine Podiatry
Extended level 3 diploma in Horse Management
Bsc (hons) Degree in Equine Management
Intelligent Horsemanship Certificate in Horse Psychology
Many years experience in the equine industry ranging from working on professional yards and teaching in riding schools to training with a classical dressage rider in America
Recently gained 94% in my Equine Podiatry stage 2 exam
Why the hoof care profession?
I have always wanted to start a business that can help horses and their owners. I began with gaining what qualifications and experience I could, not really sure about what area to specialise in. But of course with all things, my horse was the one to help me there!
Ruby (pictured above with me) has always been barefoot, so of course I believed her feet where in perfect health and shape. However after having to use a different hoof specialist than usual, it was brought to my attention that Ruby was not recieving the most effective trimming method and so her hooves were incredibly flat and her heels were very underrun. So after looking into this, I was soon to discover that there is so much more to hoof management than just keep the shoes off and trim!
Cleaning away unexfoliated sole from a therapy horse. This was during my seven months work experience (hence no equipment) with a professional equine podiatrist, who is now one of my tutors.
I am currently in training to gain a qualification in Equine Podiatry and have permission from my course tutor to begin my business.
I follow a holistic approach to handling horses and treating foot problems. I use my experience in behaviour to help with young, inexperienced or problematic horses. And any topical products used are effective and do not contain any debilitating chemicals that upset the bacterial balance during the healing process.