GoBarefoot - The Hoof Trim Network
Kyneton VIC 3444
Also Services: Melbourne, Ballarat And Western District, Geelong & District, Gippsland, Great Ocean Rd / Otway Ranges, Greater Bendigo Region, Macedon Ranges, Mornington Peninsula, Northeastern Suburbs, Melbourne, Northern Suburbs, Melbourne, Northwestern Suburbs, Melbourne, Shepparton & Central North, Southeastern Suburbs, Melbourne, and Western Suburbs, Melbourne
Our trimmers are all professionally trained and have their work regularly reviewed by a knowledgable vet.
Trimming for pleasure or competition. Also therapeutic/correctional trimming. Broodmares. Retirees. Paddock Ornaments.
We routinely rehab laminitic & founder horses and ponies. Provide ongoing care for Cushings syndrome sufferers. And may be able to help horses with navicular syndrome.
We specialise in transitioning shod horses from horse shoes to barefoot.
Many of our clients have come to us via vet referral.
We are reliable, responsive and will turn up on time to trim your horse. We value communication with our clients and appreciate feedback about your horse and its hooves - via phone, email, text or FaceBook.
We also supply and fit hoof boots.
Check us out at www.gobarefoot.com.au
Or call us 0427 554 226
Our Team Profiles
Minna has been trained by vet Dr Melanie Quick. She came to barefoot because of problems with her own horse's hooves. She is based in Kinglake and covers clients in the Whittlesea, Warrandyte, Lilydale, Hurstbridge, Yarra Valley, Clonbinane, Wandong areas.
Sandi is based at Ballarat and is a graduate of the Tasmanian Cert III trimming course. She looks after clients around the Ballarat, Ballan, Bachus Marsh, Daylesford and Lara areas.
Rebecca J ScottPosition
Company Director, TrimmerProfile
Founder of GoBarefoot - The Hoof Trim Network. The aim of the business is to provide reliable, professional, high quality trimming for horse owners. We also encourage owners to learn the skills to trim their own horses if they wish, or to simply maintain them better, between regular trims.
Please note that the following testimonials are collected, supplied and maintained by GoBarefoot - The Hoof Trim Network.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. While proper hoof balance is agreed on between barefoot trimmers and farriers, the trims are very different. Farriery trims require that the horse bears its weight on its hoof walls (effectively its toe nail) while barefoot trimmers believe the weight should be spread more equitably between the inner hoof wall, the frog and to some degree, the sole. The breakover on a barefoot trim is further back than on a farrier-trimmed hoof, due to the bevel. Depending on the degree of solar concavity, many barefoot trimmed horses will appear to have a scoop at the quarters. Barefoot trimmers do not 'dress; the frog. They do not believe in cutting off the horse's callus but rather leaving it to harden and provide a cushion to dissipate concussion. A barefoot trimmer will leave the parts of the hoof that a farrier will remove. In particular barefoot trimmers do not believe that the sole should be rasped flat since that thins the sole directly under the pedal bone, where the horse most needs support. Barefoot trimmers also have a different method of rehabilitating foundered horses.What is the difference between a farrier trim and a barefoot trim?
There is quite a lot of difference. A well trimmed horse (according to a barefoot trimmer) wont bear ALL its weight on its hoof wall. Rather it will share the load between the inner hoof wall, the frog, and to some extent, the sole. Barefoot trimmers look at the gait of the horse to see if its landing toe-first of heel-first and try and encourage heel-first landings. If your horse seems LAZY when you ride it out, but flies when you turn for home, it is probably because it is toe first landing and is uncomfortable in its feet. It doesnt WANT to move out. When you turn it for home, the adrenalin ovecomes the discomfort and the horse flies. So the rider THINKS that the horse is merely dogging it and being LAZY. Toe-first landing horses feel like they have the handbrake on. Heel first landing horses do nice free extended gaits. They feel forward going.
Farriers will often DRESS the frog. Barefoot trimmers dont. Frogs are a bit like our fingertips. They have neurosensors in them. Trimming the frog not only removes the callus that the horse needs to walk on and protect its hoof, but it also removes some of these neurosensors. HOrses FEEL with their frogs.
Barefoot trims also bevel the hoof wall. This helps hold the hoof together. Its modelled on a good wild horse hoof. This is how good footed wild horses WEAR their feet. By trimming our horses hooves we are merely trying to give them the kind of WEAR that they would get if we didnt keep them in soft paddocks.
There is a world of difference between a barefoot trim and a traditional farrier trim.