I’ve often been told I’m not a “Proper Farrier” but have learned to take that as a compliment!
Dealing with horses feet is a physically and mentally tough career choice but taking time out to try and learn to see things a little more from the horses perspective has been beneficial beyond words and a massive thank you to all who have and those who continue to, contribute to my knowledge base. I have been involved with horses here in the Midlands UK, since I was 6 and then, specifically their feet since I was 14. Thanks to David Gulley FWCF who allowed me to observe his work then took me on as an apprentice when I was 16. I completed my apprenticeship gaining the diploma of The Worshipful Company of Farriers (my ticket to start learning!). I have always challenged everything as far as I can remember, rarely being satisfied with stock answers especially with seeing so many recurring problems, affecting horses in general.
Moving away from 'traditional' hoof care methods some 15 years ago I began my personal search to try and get these domesticated feet to serve their owners better. Little did I know how steep, challenging and stimulating this learning curve thing was and still is going to be?
I am deeply involved in the ‘Hope For Horses’ campaign and would welcome your support for this worthwhile campaign. This campaign group was created in February 2014 to highlight the plight of horses grazed at Fosse Park, Leicester (UK). The circumstances surrounding these horses prove the UK equine welfare and passport laws are not enforced. After many phone calls, letters and meetings with the authorities and RSPCA plus some local demonstrations, the Fosse herd were finally moved from the contaminated and flood prone land in December 2014.
Equine Hoof Anatomy & Project-Edge.com 2019