Equine Barehoof barefoot podiatrist Trim Specialist Wales South East

Equine Barehoof Specialist

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Equine Barehoof barefoot podiatrist Trim Specialist Wales South East

Equine Barehoof Specialist

Barehoof Trim

Equine Barehoof barefoot podiatrist Trim Specialist Wales South East
Equine Barehoof barefoot podiatrist Trim Specialist Wales South East

BarehoofBryan

Equine Barehoof Specialist

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Services & Expectations

Bryan specialises in dealing with Hoof Problems including Navicular, Laminitics and other hoof conditions needing remedial care.

Bryan is fully qualified, fully insured and is a graduate of the School of Barehoof Strategy.

Equine Barehoof Trim Specialist in Wales and South Wales

Navicular

Get in touch if you see
any of the following symptoms:

Shortening of the stride,
A continual shifting of body weight when resting, 
A stumbling gait or unevenness on turns,
Reluctance to go forward properly or lengthen the stride
Pointing – the horse will stand at rest with one leg extended, the weight resting on the toe.

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Equine Bare Hoof Specialist in Wales and South Wales

Hoof Problems

Bryan specialises in dealing with Navicular, Laminitics and other hoof conditions needing remedial care.

Services include:

Maintaining your current barehoof horse,
Transition from shod to barehoof,
Working with young, old,
nervous or stressed horses.

Laminitis

Get in touch if you see
any of the following symptoms:

A strong/bounding digital pulse; 
A hoof that's hot for hours; 
A distorted hoof shape and/or unusual rings; 
An increased heart rate
Too little or too much foot lifting
Apparent stretched and/or bleeding laminae; 
A shortened stride.

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 Areas Covered

Bryan is based in Ammanford, and will normally work within a 60 mile radius of the town. He is willing to travel further if necessary, although this may incur a travel charge. Bryan already travels to other areas in Wales and England on a regular basis.
Please call to discuss your need.

What can you expect from BarehoofBryan?

Step 1 - Discuss

On arrival with you for an appointment the first step will be questions about your horse, how they are kept and any relevant history.

Barehoof lifestyle is about more than the hoofs. Many factors can effect the hoof condition, as they can effect many other factors. 

It is important that Bryan has a full picture of the horse. Factors that can effect hoofs may include diet, turnout, type and amount of work, as well as other factors like medical conditions, dental care and saddles!

Step 2 - Move

The next step will be to see your horse move, normally trotting up and/or walking. This is dependant on the horse and its current hoof health.

Step 3 - Trim

Step three will be the trim. This can vary considerably from horse to horse and appointment to appointment and is adjusted to the requirements of the horse on the day. During the trim Bryan will explain things as he works and is happy to answer any questions about what he is doing and why.

After the trim Bryan will want to see your horse moving once more. This is to confirm what effect the trim has had and to ensure you and your horse are happy and sound.

Step 4 - Assess & Advice

Thoroughout the appointment Bryan will be assessing the overall condition of the hoofs and will advise you on any aftercare he feels may be required. If there are any issues that may require the involvement of a vet Bryan will inform you immediately.  He will also inform you of how much your horse is capable of doing whilst remaining sound and comfortable.

At the end of every appointment Bryan will recommend any changes that may be needed to the diet, environment or workload.
Ordinarily an initial consultation will take approximately 2 hours. After this appointments will normally take an hour. Appointments would normally be every 6 weeks.

If your horse has specific care requirements this may be as often as 3 weekly, however the overall aim is to visit as required by your horse and this can sometimes be as little as every 12 weeks. 

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 What does BarehoofBryan expect from you?

Communication is Key...

It is very important that you fully understand what to expect from BarehoofBryan. Communication is key.  If you are unsure please ask questions.

Bryan will need to know what your horses diet, environment, workload and medical history.  Especially anything regarding the hoofs. Having said that, everything can be relevant. If your horse has had any injuries they may be of importance. Any changes since the last visit is of importance, but I will always ask anyway.

If you have to involve a vet in the treatment of any limb related problems please keep me informed. It is very important that I am informed of any issues such as abscesses or laminits as they happen. As these may affect the hoof care plan.

Living with a Barehoof horse requires teamwork. Horse, Owner and BarehoofBryan. Please ask if there is anything you are unsure of.

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It is important that there is a clean and flat area of hard-standing on which to work as well as somewhere with a hard flat surface to trot the horse up. Your horse should be ready with clean, dry legs. Please DO NOT pick out the hoofs on the day prior to my arrival. Obviously this is going to depend on the facilities you have available, I will require somewhere out of the weather to work, with lighting during the dark hours of the winter months. I will need someone to hold the horse during trimming and to trot the horse up. Preferably the owner or loaner. I will not work in a field or in the rain. This is for my and your horses safety.

At the end of a visit, I will go through what needs to be done in the following weeks. The recommendations may cover a number of areas such as diet, exercise programme or hoof aftercare. It is very important that you are happy with these recommendations and are able to carry them out. If there is anything that you do not understand, do not agree with, or do not feel you will be able to follow, then you should discuss this with Bryan. Following these recommendations can be as important as the trim.