I have over 16 years experience working with horses and I have owned my nine year old New Forest pony since he was two, doing everything with him completely shoeless - he has fantastic feet thanks to AEP. He hacks on the open forest, gravel tracks and roads with bare feet, we have hunted, jumped, point to pointed and competed in long distance rides & dressage.
I also have a degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Southampton (2003-2006) and in 2010 I graduated from the School of Applied Equine Podiatry with my Diploma having completed my studies with K C La Pierre in the UK and Florida, USA.
Applied Equine Podiatry (AEP) is highly successful with:
·Improving hoof health and overall well-being as a result. ·Tackling hoof pathologies e.g. Laminitis, Navicular, seedy toe etc. (working with your vet as necessary). ·Keeping horses sound and in work without the need for shoes. ·Shoeless performance such as racing, hunting, eventing, endurance etc.
For more information on the Institute of Applied Equine Podiatry or to find a qualified professional in your area please follow this link to the website.
For the past four years, since qualifying as an Applied Equine Podiatrist in May 2010, I have been caring for the hooves of horses and ponies in the New Forest and Hampshire/Dorset. Now, having re-located in June 2013, the area I exclusively cover is the Isle of Wight, please feel free to contact me for any advice but unfortunately I do not have the capacity to take on new clients at the moment.
Am I a Farrier?
No! By definition the word 'farrier' comes from the latin 'ferrarious' literally meaning 'metal'. I have no training in metalwork, forging or the application of metal horse shoes so I am not a farrier or a blacksmith.
As a DAEP (Degreed Applied Equine Podiatrist) I have taken the time and done the hard work to gain a qualification in Applied Equine Podiatry. It is important to understand that it is not a legal requirement to be qualified in order to trim horse's feet - please bear this in mind when deciding on a hoof care practitioner for your horse.
AEP is committed to 'Whole Horse Hoof Care', I am not here just to trim your horse, I can provide advice and recommendations that will be the keystone in getting you and your horse where you want to be in terms of hoof performance and health. Please contact me with any questions!