Please read carefully if you intend to book an appointment. If these conditions aren't met, I cannot guarantee the best service possible:
1. Your horse is well-behaved. I take my time and I'm very patient, especially with rescue-type horses, but you need to understand that it's difficult to do a perfect job on a horse that won't stand or that will jerk its legs all the time. Get professional training help if needed. Working with equines is dangerous, we all need to take steps for make it as safe as possible.
2. You provide a clean, quiet and flat area to work in. Assessing body and hoof imbalances in the mud or on a slope isn't optimal. It will also prove difficult if your equine won't stand because it's feeding time, or because another horse is interfering.
3. You respect the schedule I recommend. We don't get paid for the amount of horn we remove, we get paid for our time and knowledge. Frequent visits allow us to monitor changes and prevent issues from occurring.
Also keep in mind that for every 1 centimeter of extra toe length, an extra 50 kilograms of force is acting on the tendons (credit Dr. Renate Weller)
The feet help support the joints, soft tissue, and movement and comfort above the distal limb. Added length can affect each of these things; for example, additional length at the toe affects breakover, adding tension or strain to the deep digital flexor tendon and surrounding soft tissue.
When I come to a horse, I watch movement and hoof landings, as well as observe the way the horse wears its hoof and consider the horse's environment to make trimming decisions. To avoid setbacks in comfort and movement and to stay ahead of distortion and pathology, I prefer to make minor changes as needed to keep the hoof in balance.
Would you rather your hoofcare provider remove lots of wall length, which can result in soreness and drastic changes to joint balance requiring soft tissue adjustment, or would you prefer a light, considerate trim to balance and keep the horse performing its best?
As a professional, our job is to know what to leave on the foot as much as what to remove. We are paid for the knowledge and education we have received to this point, to know what the horse needs to remain comfortable and sound. That might mean a small tweak, or bigger adjustments.
Please trust us if we suggest a shorter cycle, even if that means you might not think the horse "looks due." It is better to maintain balance and soundness than to chase pathology.
We don't get paid for the amount of horn we remove, we get paid for our time and knowledge. Frequent visits allow us to monitor changes and prevent issues from occurring.
4. You communicate with me. If your horse has any kind of hoof-related issue, let me know! You can send me a text, picture or video anytime. I'm here to help, and I'm happy to do so. I prefer spending time on it early rather than letting the problem get worse until our next appointment. If it's not hoof-related, I might also be able to assist you or refer you to another professional.
What you can expect from us:
Punctuality and reliability.
Willingness to work with your team of professionals.
A detailed report and recommendations after each visit.
Up to date liability insurance and memberships.
L'HISTORIQUE DE VOTRE CHEVAL
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Merci pour votre coopération!
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If a question does not apply to you - for example, your horse never had surgery - simply reply ''No'' or ''N/A''. You can contact us anytime if you have questions about this form.
The more detailed your answers, the better the services provided.
Thank you for your cooperation!