References available June McIntosh Insured
Certified Barefoot Trimmer
email@example.com; (717) 372-8093
Serving Franklin County, PA and surrounding areas in Pennysylvania, Maryland, and W. Virginia.
Available for 2-3 weeks every 2 months in PA/MD/WV.
Also serving the Houston, TX area,
especially northwest and west of the city.
Available 5-6 weeks out of every 2 months in Texas.
horses ponies minis donkeys mules
My upcoming trip to Pennsylvania is almost fully scheduled. There are still a few corners
left to squeeze in if anyone needs an appointment at the beginning of September.
Back working in Texas September 15
Glue-On Composite Shoes:
I am now also able to provide glue-on composite shoes, which can be helpful for various therapeutic or performance purposes.
Although I have been providing natural hoof care for eight years, I am a novice in the use of glue. Glue is a harsh mistress, intolerant of mistakes, setting rapidly and not allowing for second chances. Therefore, while I continue to hone my glue skills, I'm offering four applications of glue-on composite shoes (about six months) for the cost of materials alone to the next six horses who apply. Maximum two horses per client. The cost of materials is approximately $40 per hoof, plus a mileage charge of $1 per additional mile if you live more than 40 miles from my location. No charge for any shoes or materials discarded due to operator error. (It happens!) Most horses only require front shoes. The shoe I will be offering is the EasyShoe Performance.
So - if you're willing to travel with me as I hike up Learning Curve Mountain, and if you have the time and patience to spend longer than usual with the farrier, you can contact me via the Contact Form at foot of this page.
I would not recommend going longer than 6 weeks between shoeings, and so at this time I can't offer glue-on shoes to my PA clients, as they are on a longer trim cycle. However, I plan to also start experimenting with shoeless hoof-building techniques - these will work with a longer trim cycle.
Follow the Hoof
My aim is to balance the foot by trimming according to the landmarks of the sole and to situate breakover in the most advantageous position given the current condition of the hoof. "Correct angles" and true concavity cannot be produced by the trimmer but only by the hoof itself as it grows in response to its environment, with the aid of trimming to supply what is lacking in wear and tear. I began trimming in 2008 - beginning with my own four horses as I was not satisfied with the pasture trim they were receiving at the time. I'm certified as a Barefoot Trimmer by the Equine Lameness Prevention Organization in Penrose, CO. I strive to keep learning all the time from other trimmers, from my clients, and - above all - from the horses themselves.