Debs Natural Hoof Care

Natural Hoof Care for Barefoot Horses

FAQ

 

READY?

Please have your horse, pony, mule or donkey haltered, cooperative and relaxed upon my arrival. It is not fair to expect one to be ready if it is or past feeding time, buddies are not nearby, if one has been stalled or isolated for a long period of time, or if there is any undue stress happening. Safety is priority. Extra fee applies per horse, donkey, etc. for me to catch them and bring them in to trim.
*Note: I reserve the discretion to refuse this service on a case by case basis


Availability:

At this time, I trim Tuesday thru Saturday. I do my best to keep on top of messages, calls, emails, etc throughout those days between the hours of 8am - 6pm. All correspondence will be answered as soon as possible... during the busier seasons, it may be the next business day.

Time?

I regularly attempt to confirm our appointments in advance, one week prior at most. It is helpful if you would confirm as well. Horses, situations and traffic being unpredictable in nature, I may be ahead of or behind schedule. I will contact you as soon as possible to let you know.

Rescheduling?

Realistically, life happens... to all of us. In case of an emergency or untimely personal event, please contact me as soon as possible so I can offer you the earliest alternate date and then I can offer that time to another horse, pony, mule or donkey needing care.

Payment?

Preferred method of payment is due at time of service is: Cash, PayPal, Venmo, check. Late fees will accrue at $20 per week past the date of service.

Consultations?

I welcome the opportunity to meet you and discuss your goals and the needs of your horse, etc. I assess a fee for my time and expertise - the amount is $50/hour plus the trip to your location (if trip is longer than 1 hour one way).

Where?

Weather is usually not a problem for me - I get acclimated seasonally. Nonetheless, rain ruins tools; winter wind can be too severe; deep, slippery mud is hazardous; and direct sun in summer without shade make my job more difficult. Barns and shelters with adequate lighting are a must during extreme weather. Other than that, I trim just about anywhere the horses are comfortable.

Comfort?

Horses have a more cooperative attitude when they are comfortable. Fly repellant and fans in summertime, food for an empty stomach, barn buddies nearby, etc. all contribute to a positive and relaxing experience for everyone.

Distracted?

For my safety - and yours - please try to maintain your horse's focus on the job at hand.

Training?

Although I am experienced with horses, I am not a professional trainer. If your horse is untrained, unmanageable or unsafe, I reserve the right to refuse service. Trip fee will still apply. Please manage your horse and keep all of us safe.

Gaited?

I trim gaited horses with respect to their natural, comfortable hoof parameters as with all horses/donkeys/mules. Natural hoof care does not include special trims to exaggerate gaits - if your horse will not gait without such methods, please seek persons who specialize in this.

Vets? 

I welcome and encourage working with your veterinarian, chiropractor, massage/body work therapist, nutritionist, equine dentist and trainer - the whole horse approach includes the whole team approach.

Lame?

If your horse is acutely lame with an abscess, a diagnosis of "navicular" syndrome, laminitic/foundering, cushings/equine metabolic issues, I highly recommend that you receive an exam and diagnosis first from your veterinarian. Blood work is essential to diagnose and determine if there are any underlying issues without symptoms. Current and past x-rays are extremely helpful - please forward via email.

Special Needs?

If your horse has past injuries, deformities, arthritis, EPM, etc. I will patiently do my best to meet their needs. Please plan for and allow me to schedule for extra time. 

Foals?

Hoof care starts with foals. For proper hoof development inside and out, foals must have maximum exercise and freedom to move. Trimming will keep excess growth in check early to maintain correct growth. Please handle foals EVERYday from day #1 and prepare them for having their hooves handled: set them up to succeed.

"Rescue / Foster"?

Rescued and fostered animals will be accepted on a case-by-case basis. I reserve the right to decline service to unsafe or untrained  animals that pose a threat to my safety ... or yours!

Boots?

Yes. I highly recommend them as the healthy alternative to metal shoes. They offer protection and support without interfering with natural hoof mechanics and while enabling the hoof structures to become stronger. Great for transition after removal of shoes or for horses that are uncomfortable when ridden on uneven, rocky ground. Great for rehabilitation during laminitis, founder, navicular, etc. 


References and Reviews:

Available upon request.


KEEP IN MIND: your horse or donkey or mule can have the best trim and still have discomfort due to other critical, underlying problems such as:

  • dental issues
  • nutritional deficiencies
  • spinal and various joint issues
  • muscle and tendon sprains and tears (myofacial trigger points)
  • improper movement due to poor conformation, past injuries, etc.


ALSO AVAILABLE: contact for resources of other reliable equine professionals such as:

  • equine dentists
  • veterinarians
  • myofacial therapists
  • massage therapists
  • trainers
  • barn sitters (providing medical/therapeutic care in addition to regular needs)

 

PLEASE REMEMBER: professional hoof care is not a substitute for appropriate veterinary care, diagnosis and treatment plan. Thank you for understanding.