I began my Horseshoeing career in 1985 when I shod my first horse unassisted and unsupervised
My passion for Hoof Care drives me to continue my Education so I can advance my knowledge and skills.
Education and Achievements
I am also a member of the following Association
I am also an active Board member of Equine Soundness Professionals
Equine Lameness Prevention Organization (ELPO)
Northeast Association of Equine Practitioners
Ontario Farriers Association
American Farriers Association
Being involved with these associations help me to advance my knowledge and skills and to make sure I am up with the latest scientific information and advances in Farriery Science
Each year I try to attend as many Clinics, webinars and Conferences throughout the world as possible
Doing this offers me the latest scientific information & research on topics, such as Nutrition, Rider Influence, Surface Conditions impact, Locomotion, Muscle & Joint problems and all things related to the Horse, Limb and Hoof.
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. 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 understanding what good foot form & function is, 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.
As well as 'Traditional methods of Farriery' (steel horseshoes), I use 'Non-Traditional methods', of casting and Gluing composite (rubber/plastic) shoes to NOT only treat horses with hoof problems, but as standard competition shoes.
Hand Made shoes are sometimes needed, as they allow me to immediately start correcting any hoof &/or limb deviations your horse might have.
2018 Australian Farriers Conference, IAPF booth with Mike Hayward APF - I, Laura Gillespie CJF I APF and Dave Farley CF APF - I