Allen Acres
Barefoot Trimming

Amy Allen Horsemanship

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 Pacific Hoof Care Practitioners (PHCP)  
Practitioner and Mentor

               

          American Hoof Association (AHA) Certified Trimmer

                                      



My journey into barefoot trimming started because of my own horse. I 
own an OTTB, TJ, who had the typical thin cracking walls, could not hold a shoe for over 5 weeks, long toes, low heels, thin soles... just bad feet. After consulting with my farrier, we tried glue on shoes. On the second set, one of the shoes broke at the quarters and at $110.00 a set I was fed up and frustrated. I made the decision to pull his shoes and since December 2002, he has been barefoot. He does wear Easyboots when we go on rocky trails. Going barefoot doesn't mean you don't offer protection when needed. Since a horses feet reflect their environment, and my horses paddocks are not full of large rocks, I boot.  

Barefoot trimming is not just about the horse's hoof, it's about proper nutrition, balanced trims on a 4-6 week schedule, movement  and a healthy hoof environment.   

       

  Rock crunching trail hooves (below). This owner takes her mare on trails in WA., rarely needing to use her Easyboots. She has her horses on a balanced nutrition program, good environment and lots of exercise. 

    

  April 2006 I attended a Pete Ramey barefoot clinic in Jacksonville, Oregon at ABC Hoof Care.  I had already been studying Pete's web page and book and attending this clinic was another educational step in my journey.  

Below, paint mare left front hoof in shoes, and after shoe removal and barefoot trim.

                        

Above, same paint mare left hind hoof in shoes, after shoe removal and trim,  and three months later. This horse was unsound with a hip problem because of her unbalanced hooves. In the first photo you can see the bullnose on the dorsal (front) wall, and her very under run heel. The farrier was trying to "grow heel" and heels wont grow up they grow forward when then are too long. This horse is now sound and continuing to grow in strong healthy hooves.  Her owner uses Easyboot Gloves on her front hooves as needed and rides her regularly. She has her on a balanced diet using California Trace minerals.

Below, QH gelding, four month comparisons. His radiographs showed side bone, ring bone, had severe thrush (weekly white lightening soaks and a balanced diet, with daily non caustic treatments (blue kote, ACV) got rid of the thrush) and it looks like an old fence injury.  He is sound and now ridden on the trails of Idaho in his Easyboots. 

 

I started trimming for clients in October 2006. Going barefoot is a package, its not just the trim, it encompasses the horses environment, diet, movement and correct trimming every 4-6 (max) weeks. The use of hoof boots, the modern day shoe, is also part of going barefoot, they offer protection when transitioning to barefoot, transitioning from season to season and riding on rocky terraine. Horses hooves reflect their environment. In Wa., the ground is soft and wet in winter/spring, hard and rocky summer and fall. Our horses hooves also reflect this, especially if they are in a muddy paddock, they change to reflect their living conditions. We can help them be more comfortable if we provide hoof boots during the transition phase. I recommend Easyboots, Gloves, Epics, Trails....depends upon the shape of your horses hooves and your needs as a rider.

Canadian QH gelding (below), lamellar wedge and radiographs showed slight rotation. He was overweight and IR. First photo is in shoes, and the major indentation (dorsal wall, inch down) is when the incident occurred. Second photo is first trim. Last photo is four months and he is half way to a new foot. He is sound, on a balanced diet, and the owner uses Easyboot Trails on the trail.


2009 I joined PHCP
 and became a Pacific Hoof Care Practitioner (PHCP). PHCP has an intensive training program, a very active group of supportive and encouraging members. Mandatory clinics include nutrition, anatomy, reading radiographs which help members continue to learn and keep themselves abreast of the latest in barefoot trimming. If you are interested in becoming a barefoot trimmer, I would encourage you to join this group and be a part of their program.  
2012 I became a PHCP Mentor.

2012 I applied and was accepted as an American Hoof Association Certified Member.

Rates: 
Mini and Ponies           $35.00     Set up trim $40.00
Horse                            $40.00     Set up trim $50.00
Draft - no longer accepting drafts.                             

Limited travel area because of limited time.  
Because of the high fuel charges and a tight schedule I must group clients that are in the same area.


       
I am a distributor of California Trace Minerals. I use to use, and suggest a popular NW supplement but it is costs more per day and is too high in maganese. I  also started to see hoof wall separation in the horses on this product. CA Trace Minerals meet all the  vitamin/mineral and hoof needs of Washington equines. 
Most Washington hay is very low in selenium, copper and zinc (Confirmed by hay tests). Copper and zinc are vital for hoof growth and repair. I feed CA Trace to my own horses with Haystacks special blend as a carrier, along with a tablespoon of white salt. It can be fed alone but its a strong concentrate and doesn't have fillers. 
 
If you are feeding CA Trace, you should use a white salt block, not a red as it has iron, or add loose salt. Many mineral blocks have iron, iron blocks the absorption of copper, thus your horse is not receiving the benefits of the CA Trace. 
    The 10 lb bag of California Trace $49.00 plus tax
will last 80 days (2 oz per day) for a 1000 lb horse.
 This figures out to be $.61 cents per day.  You can read more about California Trace on the mfg. website.  California Trace 
The 25 lb bag of California Trace - $95.00 plus tax

If you would like to purchase, please let me know and I can bring a bag with me to our appointment, or you can pick up by calling me at 360-480-5327 to set up a pick up time (cash only if you are not one of my trimming clients). If you need it delivered, please order from the mfg. website as I do not ship.

 

EasyCare dealer stocking Easyboot Glove, BackCountry and Trail boots


I can help you select the correct boot for you and your horse. I fit the boots for correct size and show you how to put them on and off. I use the Backcountry, Glove and Trail on my horses and horses in training. They are beneficial in barefoot transition, rehabilitation and riding on trails.

 I sometimes hear of people who have bought boots but have had them come off easily. This happens because of incorrect size, the wrong boot or the trim. The fit kit that I use ensures a nice tight fit and saves you the time and hassle of the wrong fit/boot. Fitting is for customers only.
              

    


Below, 3 yo BLM mustang, 12 yo QH (wore shoes now rock crushing trail horse), Paint mare (rehabbing recently out of shoes), 1/2 arab mare my 2nd trim (long toe under run heel unbalanced hoof)

 

 

Allen Acres
Shelton, WA. 98584

Cell: 360.480.5327  email: amysgame@hotmail.com

by Appointment Only

Mailing address:
Amy Allen Horsemanship
P.O. Box 13008
Olympia, WA 98508-3008

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