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GoBarefoot - The Hoof Trim Network

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Woodend VIC 3442

Also Services: Ashbourne, Barfold, and Woodend

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Business Overview

Barefoot Trim Network servicing Metro Melbourne Fringe, Mornington Peninsula, Whittlesea, Arthurs Creek, Lara, Ballarat, Beaufort, Castlemaine, Bendigo, Echuca.... and points in between. Geelong thru to Apollo Bay. Seymour.

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7 Customer Reviews

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Ignorance is bliss, as the saying goes! I've been involved with horses for over 40 years & until the last two had always kept my horses shod. Over that time I'd battled through corns, cracked hooves & foot abscesses, I wasn't really happy with the shoeing but being a conservative traditionalist I was unwilling to look into alternatives. Then two years ago I bought a young warmblood who came with several soundness issues, one of which stemmed directly from the way he'd been shod. On Mel Quick's recommendation I contacted Rebecca who set about rehabilitating him, it's been a long & ongoing process but he is now totally sound & looking (& feeling!) a million dollars. At the other end of the spectrum I also have a 35 yo mare with cushings who has battled laminitis & foot abscesses for many years. However, with monthly trims she has remained abscess-free for the last year & is now able to enjoy a comfortable old age. Without reservation I recommend Rebecca, she is really good with my horses & does a very good job on their feet, she is totally professional in all respects & is a very nice person to boot!
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Rebecca has been trimming my horses now for 12 months. I highly recommend her to anyone wanting to transition their horses from shoes to barefoot. She offers a professional personal service and goes out of her way to problem solve. She is always contactable by email or text and I don't even have to be home when she comes so it's very easy for me! She is also a great teacher and has helped me maintain my own horses feet between trims.
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Rebecca has been trimming my 3 horses for about 5 years now & I can't recommend her highly enough! My horses are happy for her to catch them when I'm not there (they don't usually do that with others). Her knowledge & gentle handling of my horses has made it a pleasure for them to have their feet trimmed, I've even seen her trimming my horses feet with no halter on them. Rebecca is always on time or calls if she is running late (late is very rare) so there is no waiting around for hours as I'm sure we've all experienced waiting for people to turn up. Rebecca usually does my horses by herself as I am at work & I get a reminder email every 4 weeks & don't even have to be there. Everything runs like clockwork. Sandi has filled in for Rebecca on occasion when Rebecca has been away & does an equally good job with my horses. My horses feet look & perform fantastically all the time. Rebecca is highly qualified & knowledgeable & is always happy to offer advice or suggestions if you have any concerns. Rebecca can even measure your horse for boots & offer advice on what type of boot would suit your horses needs. Seriously, GoBarefoot is the most professional, reliable & quality service provider I know of & wouldn't hesitate in recommending them to even the most discerning horse owner!
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I have had Rebecca attend my clydesdale x mare Anna and shetland Honey for nearly 2 years and the improvement in their wellbeing has been amazing. Anna has Chushings disease and her feet were quite poor. She now has well fitting boots organised by Rebecca and is quite sound. Honey is now a challenge to catch because her feet feel so good she is running everywhere. I trust Rebecca to attend the girls without me being home and I have no worries about anything. If Rebecca has any concerns I can trust her to text me with any updates. I would recommend Rebecca to anyone wanting to go down the barefoot pathway. Liz

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Our Team Profiles

Sandi Chiswell
Name

Sandi Chiswell

Position

Trimmer

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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 Scott
Name

Rebecca J Scott

Position

Company Director, Trimmer

Profile

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.

Sarah Andrews
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Sarah Andrews

Position

Trimmer

Profile

Based North of Bendigo, Sarah services clients for GoBarefoot in the Bendigo and Central Goldfields region.

Zoe Messina
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Zoe Messina

Position

Marketing & teaching

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Zoe is a trimmer who is currently not trimming due to raising a young family. She is however still active in the business in the marketing and coaching areas.

Anna Roach
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Anna Roach

Position

Trimmer

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Anna is based at Balnarring and trims for GoBarefoot on the Mornington Peninsula and into Gippsland.

Stephanie Redlich
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Stephanie Redlich

Position

Trimmer

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Steph trained as a naturopath in her native Germany but has found a new career since coming to Australia, and is now trimming for GoBarefoot in the South Eastern area of Greater Melbourne.

Jessica Bryce
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Jessica Bryce

Position

Trimmer

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Jessica runs her own agistment business and teaches riding. She trims for GoBarefoot in the Werribee/Geelong/Ballan areas

 

Leah Walters
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Leah Walters

Position

Trimmer

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Leah trims for GoBarefoot in the Ballarat/Smythesdale areas.

Testimonials

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Lee W , Bendigo
Star and I would really like to thank you for all your help and encouragement with our transition from shod to barefoot. I’m sure I would have given up on going barefoot long ago without your continued support, as it’s not always easy. It is great having you trim Star’s feet and I have learnt so much from you which has helped me maintain his feet between visits. Your help with boot fitting has been invaluable, and I would have found it impossible without your input. Your advice, whether in person, by phone or by e-mail is always useful and much appreciated.”
Kat White, Kypara Lodge Show Team , Woodend
The pony is moving heaps better… really striding out when asked and hasn’t got that choppy look to his stride that he has always had and is not lifting his knees as high. Going to ride him tomorrow and see what he feels like, yet the two days on the lunge he is doing extensions at the trot and he never could do that before. Just thought I’d let you know. ” - Kat White, Kypara Lodge Show Team. Feb 2011
Celia & Jarrah , Mt Wallace
In the past, we have had a lot of difficulty finding someone suitable to look after Jarrah’s hooves because she can be very flighty and scares easily. Both you and Sandi have been very gentle and Jarrah responds extremely well to you both and trusts you totally which is great and means a lot to us. We are extremely happy with the thorough attention you pay to every aspect of your work. We would highly recommend you as the improvement in Jarrah’s hooves is tremendous. Thank you very much for the care and attention you have given us.”
Renee , Wyndhamvale
Ruler suffering white line disease in shoes….
Rebecca’s work is second to none, and when she had him trotting around on a gravel road, without a faltered step, it was rather hard not to burst into tears from just sheer relief (however I won’t promise I didn’t have a cry after she left). When Ruler was taken back to his paddock, he was kicking up his heels and galloping around that place like he had the devil on his heels. I NEVER EVER thought I would see that horse go faster than a painful walk again. Now, I’m not saying he’s all cured, and that there’s no work left to do…but I will say this transformation in our horse is nothing less than amazing. I’m not too proud to admit I too was sceptical about this barefoot trimming stuff once upon a time, and thought out of any horse it would work for, Ruler would be at the bottom of the list. I guess both Rebecca and Ruler have proved us wrong. Thank you Rebecca…you saved our boy’s life and I don’t think words are adequate enough to describe how we were feeling when we saw him galloping around and playing with the lil brumby and our big standy today. The difference in him is just so amazing.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a Barefoot Trim any different from a traditional Farrier Trim?

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.

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barefoot trim, horse, hoof, laminitis, navicular, cushings, corrective, shod, horse shoes, transition

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