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Getting to know the farriers..

The science and art of caring for horses' hooves is practiced by these pros

From Horsetrader staff reports - June 20th, 2013 - Special Section
Kimberly Ann Jackson

Kimberly Ann Jackson

Kimberly Ann Jackson
(818) 522-0536

Kimberly Ann Jackson serves Southern California with natural barefoot hoof care services. Most good ideas are simple – soundness, health, longevity. This tried and true work is founded on the hoof conformation and wear patterns of wild horses. It is also informed by the latest cutting edge science of the hoof. This astonishingly successful synergy brings hoof health to our domestic horses.

“This is the ideal method of hoof care because it has a unique and abundant wealth of benefits,” says Kimberly, whose clients repeatedly report that their horses have better balance, larger and freer strides and soundness – often where they have not had any in quite some time. Many clients appreciate her kindness with their horses, as respect for the horse is paramount.

Kimberly has been certified by the AANHCP and Liberated Horsemanship, two internationally recognized Hoof Care Institutions. She worked for five years with Jaime Jackson, the originator of this method, in his personal trim practice and the AANHCP, and has been practicing Natural Barefoot Hoof Care since 2003.

The horses she works with are from a broad range of disciplines — dressage, school horses, trail, endurance, rodeo, pleasure and more. She welcomes your most challenging hoof conditions such as laminitis, club foot and run-under heels. “It is most rewarding to see these horses sound out and thrive!” she says.

Lauren Mrozowski

Lauren Mrozowski

Lauren Mrozowski
(970) 214-5201

Lauren Mrozowski serves Coastal California from the Northern Sonoma/Napa area to Los Angeles. She strives to provide the best possible hoof care for her clients and to create an individually tailored program for each horse that meets their needs.

Each horse requires a unique approach, she says, whether they do well barefoot, benefit from the support of a shoe, or custom therapeutic or even a composite product like the Epona shoe. As a lifelong horsewoman and horse-owner, she draws from a broad background in the equine industry to create a program that is unique and well-suited for your horse.

Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School

Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School

Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School
(209) 245-3920

Don’t pick a school based on location — pick a school based upon curriculum. At the Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School, the instructors are — or have been—full-time, professional farriers. They have years of experience running a business and supporting their families by shoeing horses, and they teach more than just nailing steel on the bottom of horse’s feet.
If you are going to be away from home to learn the art of horseshoeing, you need the opportunity to practice after school and on weekends. The best way to get good is to practice, and you have to be provided with the opportunity. At PCHS, the forge area is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week. The classroom with video and book library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Also at PCHS, students start and graduate as a class. No “new guys” entering every week that would require us to stop teaching you to review old material for them. All lectures, demonstrations and shoeings are a smooth progression, one building upon the other, toward producing a professional farrier.

Also, PCHS does not use ill-mannered, dangerous horses for students to shoe. Horses are going to be the same type of horses you plan on shoeing when you go home. Students need good quality horses that allow them to practice professional skills. The opportunity to shoe 10 horses per day would be without merit if you can’t shoe any of them because they are dangerous. PCHA is so confident of its teaching ability and our professional facility that it offers a 100 percent refund to any student who withdraws from the program, for any reason, on or before the end of the first week of training.

Dane Spurlock

Dane Spurlock

Dane Spurlock
(760) 900-0272

Customer Satisfaction is Priority No. 1 for Dane Spurlock Farrier Service, located in the Morongo Basin of Southern California. This farrier provides reliable, quality hoof care at affordable prices. Serving the high and low deserts of Southern California, customers and their horses get the attention and respect they deserve.

“I started this business for one reason, and that is to help horses,” says Dane. “My goal is to keep your horses sound, and feeling good.”

His approach is as simple as possible and includes no sponsored products or experimental “gimmicks”. From the information his clients provide, along with Dane’s observation of the horse’s conformation, quality trim and/or the shoe is the expectation.

Dawn Jenkins

Dawn Jenkins

Dawn Jenkins
(661) 703-6283

Are you frustrated with your farrier? Natural Hoof Care can help by providing lameness solutions, wild-hoof barefoot trims and sensible shoes. Dawn is a student of Gene Ovnicek, Pete Ramey, her farrier Uncle, Ink Knudson, and many others. She specializes in soundness solutions including the use of Epona plastic composite (flexible) shoes. Her hoof care career began with the needs of her own herd of homegrown endurance Arabian-cross horses – now four generations strong. She also offers one-on-one trimming instruction and has taught many horse owners, trainers, even farriers to trim and shoe. She works in both California and Hawaii. Dawn has written farrier, technical and creative articles for magazines and publications since 1990.

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Cavallo, Inc.
(855) 543-9403

Is there a better option than nailing metal into your horse’s hoof? Yes, says Cavallo President Carole Herder.

“We say that a horse has five hearts — four frogs on the ground and the organ in the chest,” she says.

When weight-bearing, the frogs pump the blood and spread the heels apart, explains Carole, drawing the sole flat and allowing the bone structure of the leg to descend into the hoof. If you can accept that blood circulation is imperative to the flow of nutrients throughout the system and that healthy blood flow aids in prevention and facilitates healing, it follows that limiting circulation will lead to degeneration.

When metal is nailed in all around and the hoof is clamped in its smallest, most contracted position, the frog function may be limited and both proper blood circulation and shock absorption are dangerously impeded, she says.

Also, she adds, if you take a metal shoe and bang it against a hard surface, you will feel the tremors vibrate up your arm. In fact, even the nails cause vibration, which will compromise the integrity and break down hoof structure. Also, if you think that metal shoes provide protection, please consider that the outside walls of the hoof are already hard and that it is the softer middle sole area which needs protection.

“Using Cavallo Hoof Boots is the answer that can help solve or prevent these problems,” says Carole, who founded Cavallo in 1994. “Cavallo boots provide 100 percent hoof protection.”
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Adeptus Augment Hoof
(866) 233-7887

Augment Hoof is a very potent hoof specific nutrient support formula. The key ingredients that set this formula apart from any others are the digestible organic trace minerals, pure and concentrated biotin, key amino acids from whey and soy, fatty acids from flax meal, and prebiotic digestive aids. The product has exceptional palatability and will enhance coat quality almost immediately as a nice bonus! The product contains no sugars or alfalfa meals so provides a “low or no carb” choice. Additionally, the product is not pelletized but rather is a healthy granular formula with no binders added. It can also be added to grass hay diets to enhance protein levels and quality. Augment Hoof is available in 11 lb. (60 day supply) and 22 lb. (120 day supply).

Life Data Labs, Inc.
(800) 624-1873

Life Data Labs, Inc. manufactures premium, quality animal nutrition and health products that supply horse and pet owners with effective products based on scientific research. Farrier’s Formula Original and Farrier’s Formula Double Strength provide nutrients that enable horses to build strong and healthy hooves, while Barn Bag Pleasure and Performance Horse and Barn Bag Broodmare and Growing Horse Feed Concentrates furnish nutrients to balance the equine diet, eliminating the need to give compounded feeds. Other products include Compose 2x Equine Calming Supplement, Life Data Hoof Disinfectant, The Right Step Hoof Conditioner, and Breeder’s Formula, which promotes healthy skin and reduces anxious behavior in dogs.

Empire Farrier Supply
(877) 337-3367

There are store Empire Farrier Supply stores in California – in Temecula and now in Salinas – and here, Hoof Power and horseshoeing supplies are the company’s specialty! The stores offer many hoof care products for every style of horsemanship, including products like Hoof Power, Health E Oil, Vettec, Rusty Brown Horseshoe Nail Jewelry, Delta Hoof Boots, the Easy Boot product line, as well as a variety of other hoof care products and supplements. You will also find an extensive line of farrier tools, horseshoes, racing plates, horseshoe nails, hoof medications, repair materials, dressings, and supplements, not to mention a well-stocked assortment of shows for every discipline — from reining and jumpers to draft and race horses. As soon as you walk in, if you’re looking for farrier supplies or hoof care products, you realize you came to the right place. The friendly, informative staff prides itself on excellent customer service, open to the public and also online.

Grand Meadows Nutritional Supplements, Inc.
(800) 255-2962

Problems with your horse’s hooves? Are you tired of losing shoes, dealing with crumbly hoof walls, quarter cracks, tender and sore hooves? Building a healthy hoof is crucial to keeping your horse sound and performing at his best. Proven studies have shown noticeable improvements. First you’ll see a new healthier band of hoof growth directly below the coronary band. Remember – it takes three to six months for solid improvement and almost a year for the hoof to completely grow out. Grand Hoof’s potent formula with give you the best and fastest results you and your farrier have been looking for.

Farriers Warehouse
(805) 369-0047
Whether you’re a seasoned journeyman, a career farrier, an entry-level apprentice or work on your own horses and need just the basics, Farriers Warehouse in Paso Robles has everything you need.  With our $15 flat rate shipping anywhere in California, no order is too big or small — and all orders received by 3:45 p.m. are shipped the same day.

At the Farriers Warehouse, there is a full selection of St. Croix, Kerckhaert, Thoro’bred, Natural Balance, Grand Circuit, KB, Epona, Victory, Delta, and Mustad horse shoes. In generic, they offer front and hind patterns in steel or aluminum and aluminum therapeutic applications in a full complement of sizes.  Need bar stock?  Farriers Warehouse carries a wide variety of stock dimensions in flat and concave with some aluminum available.  They also have — in-stock — an extensive selection of horseshoe nails from Delta, Mustad, Capewell, Vector, Cooper, and Liberty in European-, City-, Regular- and Combo-style heads in regular or slim blade shanks, as well as borium tipped and other traction nails.

Other inventory items include Save Edge, Heller, Bellota, and Vellorbe Rasps, and offer tools from GE, DS, Lopez, Edge and Diamond, plus the full gamut of Vettec products.  There also are leather and various plastic pads, flat and wedged to three degrees, in addition to an abundant selection of packing, dressing and thrush products.

Being horse owners and farriers, the people behind Farriers Warehouse know the importance of customer service, and keeping their clients completely supplied with every hoof care product they require is their ultimate goal. And, if they do not carry any particular product that you require, they’ll find it and order it for you.

Vettec Hoof Care
(800) 483-8832

Vettec manufactures hoof care products for the hoof care professional. Its extensive line of hoof related materials allow your hoof care professional to complete hoof repairs and glue on shoes with Adhere, as well as create instant shoes and foal extensions with Superfast. Vettec’s instant pad materials (EquiBuild, Equi-Pak, EquiPak CS, Equi-Pak Soft, SilPak and SoleGuard) promote heel and sole growth, eliminate thrush, protect and support the equine foot, and prevent stone bruising. Does your horse suffer from sore feet, low heels, broken walls, thrush, laminitis, navicular or founder? Ask your hoof care professional or visit the website to explore how these tools can work for you!

(888) 787-6765

The reusable StepnSoak Hoof Soak and Rx boots provide “triple the density and triple the protection” for all of your hoof problem needs. The first of its kind, it is a one-piece, self-attaching bright yellow canvas tarpaulin soaking boot “designed to make the task of hoof soaking simple, safe and effective.” 

The canvas tarpaulin is double-coated with a waterproof poly-vinyl with a single 49-inch-long webbed nylon side tie to secure and a durable exterior that can be easily put on, can be adjusted to fit any horse, and is strong enough to let the horse stand in. The 18-inch-high boot means your face and head don’t have to be down low in hoof striking range while you put them on and the side tie easily criss-crosses to wrap  and tie.

Ailments such as laminitis, hoof abscesses, thrush, white line disease and puncture wounds can now be safely treated again and again with the durable StepnSoak-911. Their compact design makes them perfect for travel and they are ready to use right out of the box. Comes in a set of 2 for only $39.95!

“StepnSoak-911 is the new generation of the StepnSoak line of hoof care – we wanted to  introduce a new more durable canvas version in the bright yellow – easily recognizable  “911 emergency” color,” shares Lydia delRossi of StepnSoak.

Harry Patton Horseshoeing Supplies
(866) 728-8664

The Patton Hoof Ruler takes the guesswork out of trimming. This is a must-have tool to ensure the hoof is consistently trimmed and balanced correctly, creating the accurate balance in the hoof by measuring from the hoof’s center. This unique ruler helps create four equal quadrants on the bottom of the hoof to produce an accurate balanced trim. It comes with a step-by-step DVD with Monty Roberts and Ada Gates Patton. The kit includes an article, printed instructions, DVD, ruler, and marker pen. Order one for you and your farrier today! The Patton Hoof Ruler is just $35, plus tax and shipping. You’ll be amazed at the difference!

Sweetwater Nutrition
(800) 200-7890

Hoof ReNu is a high-potency hoof formula for horses, made with a combination of biotin, methionine, lysine, tyrosine, MSM, calcium, copper, zinc and amino acids. Made in the USA, Hoof ReNu is a purely concentrated formula that does not contain sugar, grains, additives or fillers. Hoof ReNu’s special addition of natural sea kelp makes Hoof ReNu a unique product, as sea kelp is a rich source of 20 amino acids, beta carotene, calcium, magnesium, Vitamins C, D and E, plus B vitamins. Hoof ReNu is available in a palatable, easy to feed powder form that can be fed alone or added to feed.

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