Practising the Whole Horse Protocol is not about smoke and mirrors. It is based on scientific study, that of the hoof anatomy, hoof pathologies and equine nutrition. Living conditions/situations, saddle fit, riding styles and biomechanics of both horse and rider are also an integral part. The actual correct natural balanced trim is the final ingredient on the list. As such I have studied all the above and Equine Massage Therapy and Myofascial Release, as well as my many years prior being involved in the equestrian world as a rider. All of which make my service very complete.
As each horse, and each hoof, is individual, my methods adapt as such - depending on environment, body type, discipline etc no one specific trim suits all horses. I have studied all I could (6 years of initial study starting with the history of horse shoes, right up to modern biomechanics and everything in between plus 2 years study of equine nutrition) and continue to study as new discoveries and sciences unfold. I have performed my own studies on cadaver hooves. I am also one of the very few Equine Podologist´s who practise what they preach competing, very successfully, in endurance, with my barefoot horses. The facts speak for themselves. My methods may be similar, even the same, to some, yet poles away from others. I believe all trims should leave a horse instantly more comfortable than prior to its treatment.
Due to my early realisation that a healthy hoof is 75% diet, 20% living conditions and 5% the correct trim I prepared myself accordingly and am the only practitioner of the WHOLE HORSE PROTOCOL in Andalucía - if not all of Spain. So by offering this virtual service to clients with some basic knowledge of natural hoof care, hopefully more horses will benefit and enjoy healthy balanced natural hooves.
I am happy to evaluate hooves via e-mail. In order to evaluate hooves, I need the following photos:
1, Front view of each hoof, camera as close to ground level as possible and at a 90º angle to the center of the hoof.
2. Side view of each hoof, camera as close to ground level as possible and at a 90º angle to the center of the hoof.
3. Straight-on of each sole.
4. Angled view of each sole from heels, at 90º angle from centre of heels.
5. Angled view of each sole from side, to show concavity.
6. Side view of entire horse standing square.
7. Front view of entire horse standing square.
8. Rear view of entire horse standing square.
All photos must be clear (and marked accordingly with fore-right, fore-left etc), especially of the sole as this is from where I gain the most information. Also supply age of horse, living circumstance (stalled, paddock, alone, in herd, etc), type of work (how many hours, how many days per week, type of terrain), diet details (quantity, ingredients, how many meals a day) and any other information you feel relevant to his/her current condition.
My hourly rate for the above is € 40.00. I will only charge for the time it takes me to do the job.
Payment by Paypal/Credit Card (plus their charge of 3% = €41.20) or by bank transfer. Once you send me the photos and chosen method of payment I will send you either a payment request via Paypal or bank details. You will receive a detailed response within 24 hours of payment clearing. On completing and sending the form below you will automatically receive an e-mail address to send all the above information. Unfortunately due to spam this is the only way I can operate and assure clients my time is well spent on genuine cases and not on robots!
These assessments are guides designed to continue the barefoot road in a healthy direction and are not a substitute for a barefoot natural balance professional trimming service. It is always advisable to seek hands-on professional help and only due to lack of professionals on the Iberian Peninsula that I offer this service. Please remember that healthy unshod horses benefit from a whole horse protocol.