I started riding as a child and had weekly lessons for 9 years, culminating in taking a horse on loan for 2 1/2 years, only giving her up when I headed off to University. During the summer holidays I used to work in the riding school, helping with stable duties and eventually progressing to teaching some of the younger children’s riding and stable management lessons.
I have owned my own horse since 2003. I ride English and Western and have competed in both. We jump at competition to about 2’6 but can jump higher at home. We hack out when weather and work allow, our favourite ride is down to the local pub where the hitching rail has a nice patch of grass that needs regular “mowing”.
My horse has been barefoot under the care of an EP since 2006. He had problems with the transition to going barefoot so I have made it a priority to try and understand how best to help him be as comfortable as possible whilst still keeping him barefoot. During that time I have become more and more fascinated with the amazing engineering feat that is the horse’s hoof. This has fuelled my interest in the field of Equine Podiatry.
I am a graduate of Equine Podiatry Training Ltd’s training course with a Diploma in Equine Podiatry. The course is fascinating and teaches about the hoof and how it works and is affected by environmental influences, including but not limited to trimming, diet and exercise.
My diploma in Equine Podiatry (DEP) allows me to be a full member of the EPA(UK), currently this is the only entry route into the EPA(UK) as a full member.
As a full member of the EPA(UK) I am required to undertake at least 40 hours of Continuing Professional Development per year, I often do far more than this – in 2015 I spent 21 hours at a laminitis conference, furthered my nutritional knowedge with a minimum of 20 hours of study, attended a trim and dissection day and took part in a shadowing day – all in 57 hours, plus reading books and blogs. In 2016 I have a four day biomechanics and gait analyis course scheduled, which will also require additional study before the course to refresh my anatomy knowledge.
If you wish to contact me about Equine Podiatry and whether it could help your horse, please see my Contact page