September 27, 2007

Islip Horseman’s Association, Lecture

Islip, Long Island

“What is Meant by a Balanced Foot”?


May 10th, 2007

Cecil County, MD


November 27th, 2006

Cecil County, MD


October 21st – 22nd 2006

Cecil County, MD

Offering trimming services in Northern MD, for your horse, private or group instruction for owners, or consultations on hoof health. FMI please contact lookout @ nac.net


12 Responses to “Trimming Schedule”

  1. Hi Christina,
    This is C…at Tstables where C is with F and N. I wanted to talk to you about one of my horses. He is a TWH rescue, with minor, sporatic lameness. He is the one I want to start doing CTRs and endurance with in the spring. would you give me a call when you have a few minutes to chat?


  2. Trina Says:

    Hello Christina,
    Do you ever travel to the West Point, NY area (Orange County) to trim?



    1. Christina Says:

      Hello, yes West Point is included in my travel range. Thanks.

  3. Cheryl Ann Says:

    I also wonder if you ever travel to the West Point, NY area (Orange County) to trim?

    1. Christina Says:

      Hi Cheryl Ann,
      yes, I do travel to the West Point area for trimming.

  4. Cheryl Says:

    I notice in your “Conformational Issues” article that you mention Strasser. You don’t use Strasser methods, do you? A Ramey trained trimmer friend in Kansas always told me to NEVER, EVER use Strasser methods as it is too extreme. A farrier did that method last summer and both of my horses were laid up for the entire summer. I ended up with a couple thousand in vet bills and very depressed horses in pain.

    1. Christina Says:

      Hi Cheryl
      No I do not use the Strasser method, which is a rehabilitative trimming method for horses with lamenesses and pathological hooves who are being treated in a clinic environment. So a farrier would have misrepresented what he was doing or may have been inadequately trained in that method. It is very specific and not something one can learn from a book, video, or even a short seminar. So it is not surprising he caused problems. That is why Dr. Strasser certifies trimmers she has trained and has threatened to sue other people who say they are using the method but don’t have her certification. I would be interested to know what sort of problems resulted from this farrier’s work that required such a long layup and so much of the vet’s resources.

      1. Cheryl Ann Says:

        He had trimmed away so much hoof that their hooves were bleeding, Leaving them very lame for weeks, getting abscesses. He said it was “nothing” and not to worry about all the bleeding. I was later able to get another farrier to come out along with the vet and he said it was obvious the guy didn’t know what he was doing. The vet was afraid of road foundering due to the stress on my one guy’s hooves. He had to wear pads and hoof boots for awhile for protection. That was a couple of summers ago. Thank God they came out of it okay. Thank you for your response!
        I later found out from another vet that she had a poor opinion of the first farrier, saying he sent his horses to slaughter when they were (according to him) “used up”! I have since told everyone I meet not to let this guy on their property.

  5. Joanna Hill Says:

    Hi Christina,
    I was wondering if you ever travel around Lancaster Pa?

    1. Christina Says:

      Hi Joanna

      pLease email me privately. barefoothoofcare@verizon.net

  6. Meghan Says:

    HellO! I am trying to talk my parents into letting me buy a horse. Could you help me? Please!?!? Anyways, I was wondering if you could just clip/trim the hoofs yourself with the right equipment? I REALLY don’t want to put up with the hassle of haveing to trailer the horse/gelding every 4-6 months…. I will have to make him go barefoot but I will be doing ALL trail riding and DO NOT want any BIG vet bills in the beginning, at least. BUT,I also don’t want to have to deal with the time and financial issues of farriers and I can’t even IMAGINE the pain and hassle of a thrown or lose shoe. Can I clip/trim ALL of the hoofs at home? Can I use boots to work as shoes? Thanks!

    1. Christina Says:

      Do not get a horse. If you don’t want to deal with the time and financial issues of farriers you are not ready for the responsibility. Keeping a horse’s feet properly trimmed is basic horse care – you cannot avoid it. Farriers and barefoot trimmers study for years to learn their craft, what makes you think you would have the knowledge to trim your horse’s feet correctly with no education whatsoever? That is a sure way to guarantee yourself a big vet bill. Where exactly were you planning to traielr the horse every 6 months, to the farrier? Did you mean to say weeks, because that is the normal trimming/shoeing interval. And why would you have to trailer the horse, most people have the farrier come to them.

      Please do a lot more reading and educating yourself before you even think about owning a horse. Give me your parents email and I will tell them my advice.

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