Applied Equine Podiatry
An holistic approach to hoofcare using functional anatomy to determine how the foot should be trimmed in order to promote foot health through correct balance and stimulation. Claire is a trained Equine Podiatrist using a method developed by KC La Piere from the USA.
The definition of Applied Equine Podiatry is "The conscientious study of the equine foot, always striving to expose it to proper environmental stimuli, making every effort to promote proper structure and function, as we attempt to achieve high performance"
Equine Podiatry is different to 'natural hoofcare' and 'barefoot trimming' which seeks to emulate the 'natural' or 'feral' foot. Because our horses do not live in natural environments, tend to be larger and carry the weight of a rider they require a a foot that can cope with the environment and the work they are asked to do.
The aim is to achieve the best foot possible under you horse, all horses can go without shoes in all environments however this takes time and effort to achieve. The results however, can be amazing from increased performance, improved attitude, reduction and elimination of pain, less injury and long term soundness.
.........the journey begins here!