Wesley Stewart Farrier Services

Services Offered

I have been a Professional / Full time Farrier since 1986, (over 3 decades).

I obtained a Diploma in Horseshoeing from the USA in 1997.

In 2000 I became Australia's 1st and only Brotherhood of Working Farrier Association (BWFA) (USA) Certified Farrier and in 2012 I became an Accredited Professional Farrier with the 

American Association of Professional Farriers/International Association of Professional Farriers (AAPF/IAPF).

 2017 I was invited onto the Board Of Trustees for the American Association of Professional Farriers/International Association of Professional Farriers (AAPF/IAPF)

My passion for Hoof Care drives me to continue to advance my knowledge and skills through the latest scientific research, Clinics and Vet/Farrier Symposiums so that I can provide the highest quality of Hoof Care to our equine companions.

I am educated in the principals and techniques of Natural Balance Hoof Care
(as demonstrated by Internationally recognized Farrier, Clinician and wild horse hoof form and function pioneer, Gene Ovnicek) www.shopedss.com   www.hopeforsoundness.com

Natural Balance Hoof Care is the original Bare Foot Hoof Care  
Gene Ovnicek through his study of the wild horse has design a series of Hoof Mapping, Trimming and Shoeing Protocols that allow for the horses foot to be kept in as close to a "Natural" state as possible, even when shoes are needed. The problems of Balance, Movement, Lameness, Under-run and upright heels, Club Foot and Laminitis can all be successfully treated using the Protocols designed by Gene and the ELPO.

Natural Balance Hoof Care is becoming more aware of the horse's foot by way of scientific research and observations of the natural foot. It is understand 
good foot form & function, what is healthy & normal, and what is distorted and abnormal and how to better understand the movement of the horse from a performance & soundness perspective. Natural Balance Hoof Care is a set of guidelines & principles to follow for hoof maintenance that will help overcome distorted feet, medial/lateral imbalance and soundness issues.

I am also educated in the use & application of the 4 Point Trim as demonstrated by Veterinarian, Laminitis Specialist & Equine Podiatrist, Dr Ric Redden DVM    www.reddendvm.com 

 Hand Made shoes are sometimes needed, as they allow me to immediately start correcting any hoof &/or limb deviations your horse might have.


Job Costs
The cost for work of Shoeing or Trimming are based on a horse that I consider to be a good citizen and is co-operative horse (stands well & without objection to Farriery Treatment), with feet that are in good shape & condition.
A horse that I consider to be exhibiting unco-operative 
behavior (Does Not stand well & without objection to Farriery Treatment) (pulling/jerking/kicking/playing up of any type) will be at a cost greater than listed below.

Corrective work (long hooves, hoof problems, movement or soundness issues, Founder & Laminitis) will result in the work taking longer an increase in the price.

The cost of shoes, pads, hoof packing etc are a separate cost, due to the great variance in the individual cost of specific shoes & materials.

Emergency Call out

Working hours(8.00am-5.00pm)  $45.00 + traveling + the cost of work undertaken

After hours(5.00pm - 9.30pm)   $85.00 + traveling + the cost of work undertaken

Traveling               50c per km

Prices are subject to change without notice, due to increased in costs (e.g. fuel, materials etc).

I reserve the right to charge what I feel is appropriate for the time, effort and expertise that I have put into doing the job

reserve the right to refuse to work on any horse if I feel that it is unsafe in any way and to discontinue working on any horse, at any time if I feel it is unsafe. You will ONLY be charged for the work already undertaken.

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