This page contains photos of some of my horse clients and notes of appreciation from some of my human clients.
From Brenda F.:
Upon moving to SC my two horses had shoes. My mare had a front shoe with toe clips that came loose, however, I could not remove the shoe. The shoe was loose enough that it could wiggle from side to side and she stepped on one side of the toe clip, embedding it into her hoof wall, causing her a lot of pain and discomfort. I frantically googled holistic hoof trimming and found Pier's website. I emailed her at midnight hoping she would check her emails first thing in the morning. She did! And she was out to my house that morning to help my mare.
My mare, Emma, had many issues and was extremely cranky. Her farrier, where we used to live, told me that I would always have to have her shod and her crankiness was her just being "a mare".
We saw a huge difference with Emma even after her first trim. Now, after being trimmed by Pier for 8 months, she is calm, sweet and loving. In fact, Pier trims her with just a halter and lead rope dangling. Emma closes her eyes in complete enjoyment while being trimmed. After her trim she nuzzles Pier. What a difference barefoot trimming has made for Emma!!!! I must further note that I did not ride Emma for 15 months because of her crankiness and soreness. Since being barefoot trimmed and adjusting her diet to better nutrition, I have been riding her. She is so relaxed I can ride her bareback with just a halter. I also pony her when trail riding with my other horse, something I NEVER thought I'd be able to do.
Also, a quick note about my gelding, Phoenix. Prior to Pier he always looked like he was standing on a paint can. His back feet were completely under him. Now, he stands squarely.
I would recommend barefoot trimming to anyone, and if you are lucky enough to live in SC, I would highly recommend Pier.
From Meagan P. :
Hailey and Franziska Long:
Doodle and Jenna S.:
From Allison F. :
Sunny did GREAT! No problems with his feet. He didn't even chip. I took the boots, but after seeing the mud decided not to use them he was doing so well barefoot. He walked over rocks and roots all weekend. He learned very quickly to CHOOSE where he set his feet. We had about a dozen riders and he led the way most of the time. It was a beautiful place to ride! ...
...everyone else had shoes on their horses and most said, "they wouldn't come up there without them". The terrain there is extremely hilly. We were up and down hills almost constantly. They were terraced with roots, and rocks were scattered everywhere. I don't think they would classify any of their trails as "moderate" .. and some were rather "extreme". We rode about 3 to 4 hours each day. He was really brave ... I was so proud of him. We crossed 2 wooden bridges, which he has never SEEN a bridge before. I let him take his time and he crossed every time leading the way. The bridges shook a little and one had steel rods that made a strange noise as we crossed. He did really well. Oh and we also crossed a stream with a rocky bottom. Sunny acted as if he just loved it the entire time ...
Some of the people on this trip had been around Sunny prior to the accident and pre-Parelli ... they were amazed! Even the "old cowboy" married to my friend said, "you sure have done a good job with that yella horse!"
Also, I told them I would NEVER put shoes on him again!
From Linda A.:
Thanks Pier, all 5 horses are moving very well today. Even little Miss Pumpkin Pie.
From Ashley F.:
I just wanted to drop you an email and tell you how happy my horses and I are with Pier. In additional to her being a great person, she is a great barefoot trimmer. My troubled horse, Pecan, has had so many issues from feet problems/abscesses, to back soreness, which has lead to chronic lameness. Every time we would make some progress he would require lots of time off.
Since Pier has been trimming him he is making huge strides towards overall balance and soundness. His back legs are wider under him, providing him a better stance now and his back shows no visible soreness. His attitude is much improved, no objections or complaints. He enjoys our tasks and is offering lovely vertical flexion. I am ecstatic. After almost four years of trying to get all of his issued resolved, from feed, dental, trimming, saddle fitting, and on and on we are finally arriving. When I look back at all of his issues I feel that the majority of his lameness has been related to his feet and his trim. He is now moving beautifully and despite a few setbacks is staying sound on a consistent basis.
I wanted to thank you for sharing your vast knowledge and producing great barefoot trimmers like Pier. While I am no barefoot expert, I see the difference it has made in my horse Pecan, from the programs we have tried to the one Pier has us on. How his attitude is so much better and his willingness to try is always presence. Pecan is the expert, letting me know that Pier's trim is just what he needed.
My horse Remington is making great improvements too. And Pier is helping me with trimming my older horse Jeb, I appreciate her patience.
Thanks again and I hope to see you in the near future.