Equine Barehoof Specialist
The way we keep our horses in the United Kingdom is changing. More and more people are discovering the benefits of keeping their horses Barehoof. It is possible to continue to do whatever you would normally want to do with your Barehoof horse, whether that be happy hacking, hunting, eventing, dressage, endurance or any other equine discipline.
Everything BarehoofBryan does is based on the actual anatomy, research and in the field experience, as well as the horse stood in front of him. Read Bryan's Research Thesis on the "Causes and Effect of Concussion in the Equine Hoof"
By having an in depth knowledge of the horse we can now trim to the anatomy and as a result we can allow the horse to develop the hoof it requires as an individual horse. Every horse is different and as a result has hooves to match it, not to match a set of criteria set down in a book.
Keeping a horse sound doesn't require shoes or gadgets. It requires keeping the horse in a good environment and feeding a good diet. Again, these are individual requirements. You may have read things elsewhere that make it sound like you need a Phd in equine nutrition or a degree in land management. This isn't the case and BarehoofBryan will discuss these issues with you at the initial consultation and continually throughout any following appointments.
Nothing is based on pictures in textbooks that say what they think the hoof should look like. Yes there are guidelines for trimming the hoof to obtain or maintain soundness. But they are just that, guidelines, not hard and fast rules and as such should be adaptable to the individual horse. Science and research has come a long way in the last few decades and we now know so much more about the anatomy and the natural behaviour of horses.
If you are considering removing your horses shoes and need advice or just have questions please contact me using the info given on this website. There will be no pressure or sales pitch. Having your horse shod or Barehoof is entirely an individual decision.
Of course, I am biased! However, I also believe that a horse will only successfully transition to Barehoof if it is what their owner feels is best.
Bryan is a qualified and insured Equine Barehoof Specialist and Podiatrist, based in Ammanford, South Wales. He is passionate, some say obsessed, about horses, and even more so their hoofs! Bryan initially trained under Dan Guerrera at the School of Barehoof Strategy and has since continued to update and increase his knowledge through further education and research.
Since qualifying as a Barehoof Specialist, Bryan has taken a diploma in Equine Psychology as well as undertaking courses in Equine nutrition, Equine Metabolic Syndrome, PPID, IR and Laminitis.
The vast majority of Bryans work now involves working with horses with problems such as Laminitis, Navicular and Metabolic issues. He also regularly helps horses to transition from being shod to going barefoot.
Equinosh is a bespoke equine nutritional balancer blended to the specific requirements of your horse to counteract mineral deficiencies in your forage. Mineral deficiencies can lead to many issues, such as poor hoof quality, a predisposition to thrush and abscesses, coat “bleaching” and exaggerated inflammatory reactions.
To ensure your horse(s) are getting what they need, it is important to have your forage analysed. Your Equinosh bespoke balancer will then be produced to address the specific deficiencies and imbalances in your forage.