My love affair with horses began when I was nine years old and, more than thirty years later, I am still in love with them. As a child, I spent all of my spare hours at the barn doing anything and everything just to be around the horses. That is where and when I acquired all of my foundational skills with horses. I competed up to training level in combined training as a teenager. As an adult, my interest grew more toward dressage. At one point, I even taught beginner adults in dressage and horsemanship. I also started my young horse (pictured below) using those principles.
My interest in hooves began several years ago when my own young horse, after a few years of working to try to rehabilitate him from what seemed to be an undiagnosable condition that caused him to be extremely body sore, began to make remarkable improvements after pulling his shoes and finding a skilled barefoot trimmer to help in the rehabilitation of his hooves. I ended up putting him in a hoof rehabilitation clinic (Hoofcare Unltd.) for a couple of months and, at the same time, started the horse owner trimming courses at Equine Soundness. My horse improved so much during that time, that he was comfortable, sound, and ready to begin to go back into work again. After deciding to end my 10+ years of practicing law, I decided to follow my passion and love of horses. Eventually, I enrolled in and graduated from the professional course at Equine Soundness and began my professional trimming career.
In addition to my trimming education, I have a background in equine sports massage and in vibrational healing. Many years ago, I studied equine sports massage and myofacial release at Equinology. Additionally, I spent six years studying various energy healing modalities at The School of Transformation and Healing, where I received a certificate as a Master Healer. While my studies there were focused on the human energy system, I have had many years to practice the application of the same principals to the equine energy system. During my young horse's long period of rehabilitation, I had the opportunity to practice on him with massage, energy healing, essential oils, flower essences, nutrition, herbs, and homeopathic remedies. In working with him, I also learned a lot about reading the actions and countenance of horses dealing with pain. I have found all of my studies and learning very useful in my hoof care practice.