Written by Jules McInnes
Is your relationship with your horse limited by yours?
At Peterborough Farm in Wiltshire there is a group of people committed to creating as natural an environment and as wholesome a relationship as possible with their herd of horses.
Carol Dent sent us these pictures of her mare, Mara, overcoming her “fear” of killer plastic sheeting!
Jules McInnes shares some ideas they have used to support the natural inquisitiveness of horses and encourage them to become
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Written by Jaime Jackson
Barefoot with Brains
Working with your Farrier
The most commonly heard question from horse owners new to the natural hoof care movement is “Where can I find a Certified Hoof Care Specialist to help me?” The flip side of this question bespeaks another frustration, of course “My local farrier (and/or vet) is too closed-minded to be a part of this and there are no hoof care specialists in my area”. There are several things you can do.
First, you can learn to do the work yourself. This advice applies equally to men and women. Understand that most farriers are men, not because it takes “male” strength to trim a horse, but because traditional blacksmithing has been a male “societal” enclave, just like carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and so on. There are still relatively few female practitioners in these fields, as a quick reference of the yellow pages confirms. It doesn’t take great male strength, and it is a fact that most Certified Hoof Care Specialists today are females.
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