Helping horses grow healthier feet

Qualified Natural Hoofcare in Central Virginia

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My name is Anne Buteau. I have been trimming professionally since 2000, and I am proud to be an American Hoof Association Certified Hoofcare Practitioner. I am also a member and mentor with Pacific Hoof Care Practitioners. Once upon a time, in the early 2000's I trained and became certified with the American Association of Natural Hoofcare Practitioners, which involved mentorships with Charles Hall, Jaime Jackson, Pete Ramey, Cindy Sullivan and others. Following certification I was a Field Instructor for a couple of years which I really enjoyed. 


           A while ago a client described me as "hoofcare coach"... I thought about that statement for a while. When considering "natural hoofcare" for their horse, a horse owner will often be faced with negative attitudes towards this holistic approach from other horse owners, and professionals, and it is then that they really do need support.


"Natural Hoofcare" gives the owner the opportunity to be more involved in their horse's hoofcare as there is more to this than just having someone come out every 5-6 weeks and trim/shoe your horse. In fact, there needs to be more owner participation than in traditional hoofcare, for "natural" or "alternative" methods to be successful. 


Success is growing as healthy a foot as is possible to grow on that horse and making it as sound as it can be. Assessing the challenges facing the horse and his feet, consulting with a veterinarian and other specialists if necessary, devising a plan of action and helping the horse owner follow through are some of the jobs of a "hoofcare coach"!! 

A healthy frog and digital cushion (DC)

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A wide tough frog with no deep split down the center, a solid digital cushion, a thick conditioned calloused sole, strong, well attached walls, and robust rounded heel bulbs are some attributes of a healthy foot. 


 A short toe allows efficient breakover, and with the foot landing slightly heel first, there is no excessive pressure on the navicular area from the deep digital flexor tendon. The hoof mechanism  absorbs impact, rather than it being transmitted up the bony column and causing accumulated stress over time to joints, ligaments and tendons.

Unhealthy. Compare the frogs and heel bulbs especially, on this foot

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Hooves do not become deformed or weak overnight..it is an insidious process that happens slowly, and often only when the horse goes lame, is it acknowledged that maybe the feet aren't in the shape they should be......in fact, what does a healthy foot really look like? Most people are really not aware of what makes up a healthy foot. 

Services


Calendar

Sunday 5/6/19

Monthly Trimming Mentorship

10am - till done

depends on number of horses

+ Event Details

Sunday 5/6/19

Monthly Trimming Mentorship

Come with your horse for a one on one review of your horses feet.  Come without your horse and observe.

10am - till done

depends on number of horses

Saturday 6/1/19

Monthly Trimming Mentorship

10am - till done

as above

+ Event Details

Saturday 6/1/19

Monthly Trimming Mentorship

as above

10am - till done

as above

Saturday 7/13/19

Monthly Trimming Mentorship

10am - till done

as above

+ Event Details

Saturday 7/13/19

Monthly Trimming Mentorship

as above

10am - till done

as above

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Monthly Trimming Mentorship

$100.00

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6556 James River Rd, Shipman, VA 22971, us

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