Oct 262009
Buster: 12 yo Gelding. shoes pulled in March of 2009. Initial trim in May from Lola. Attended her clinic in June (5 wks later). Trimmed every 4 weeks for a while. Went to every 5 weeks. Made adjustment to environment as best I could….Spreading hay around pasture fence line farthest away from water as possible and got my exercise too. Went to nibblenets placed farthest away from water as possible. Supplimented with Hoof HQ ( will go to Cal Trace when I run out. ) beet pulp and salt. Road base and pea graveled the padocks at the barn. It has been just this last month that the changes have occured. I did size him for boot/pads. Treated a possible underlying fungal infection. Had a body worker out to evaluate. Hoping to get more of a heel first landing. I  carved once on his sole months back, and have never done it since. Whatever came out with a hoof pick was what I took. Walls tightened up and concavity appeared. We rode out at Red Hills (Satans rock pile) in Chiness Camp, did test rides in the Emigarant across rocky trails and granite slabs. My skills have improved dramaticlly and each hoof/horse teaches me something new. I look forward to finishing my mentorships and moving along in the next phase of certification. Thank you Lola and the PHCP group for all your help.
Click our picture to see Busters feet

Click our picture to see Buster's feet

Oct 182009

A great clinic with two highly skilled people Helen Harvey and Stacy Berger. Helen Harvey provided insights into Feldenkrais, how incorrect body movement and blockages affect our horses performance, and how to start to locate those blockages; and how we as trimmers can learn to educate our bodies to work more efficiently in our demanding jobs. Stacy Berger covered an amazing amount of valuable information on saddle fitting, English, Dressage, Endurance, Western and Treeless, pros and cons, what to look for, how saddles can influence your horses performance and contribute to those incorrect body movements that we strive to eliminate in our horses.

We’ll repeat this clinic next spring in a 2-day format. Stay tuned for updates on when this will happen.

Sep 272009

I was in Sonora trimming some very cool horses for some very cool ladies a few months ago. I thought I’d share some pictures. One of the women, Anita, was inspired and joined PHCP and is now in the program and learning lots. Great to have more people out there doing this!

Solar view first trim. Still too much false sole in the bar area. This should be exfoliated soon.

here is the whole gallary

First Trim

First Trim

first trim

Jun 202009

This 2-day (June 20-21, 2009) clinic featured Mark Jeldness, AHA founding member, and Sally Hugg PHCP founding member. Jan Harper, Equine Body Work and Energy Therapy and Lola Blevins PHCP were also featured.

A very well attended and well received clinic. We had quite a few horses to trim and with Jan there, they all got some good TLC from her body work techniques. Mark shared his experiences working in a the harsh NM desert on ranch and working horses and for this clinic helped us all gain a better understanding of the barefoot trim. Sally provided her 4 hour short course on nutrition – Sally has an amazing talent making a tough topic understandable. Thank you Sally and Thank you Mark.

Jun 152008

Dedicated to the Pryor Mountain Wild Horses. Most of our banner pictures were taken during our visit to the Pryor Mountains.  I hope you enjoy them.

These pictures were taken by Mike during our photo shoot trip organized by wild horse photographer Lynne Pomeranz in the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range, Wyoming. The palomino roan stallion in some of the pictures in the full set is White Cloud, a somewhat famous horse.

Visit the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Center for Updates on these amazing horses.

Click on one of the pictures, or the “smugmug” link below for the full set

May 032008

We had a great turnout for the Amador County Veterinary Services presentation on the  gastrointestinal health of the horse. Two of my horses were scoped to see if they had any signs of ulcers, and I’m happy to say they were clean! I gave a short presentation on natural horse management and hoof care and talked a bit about the Silver Fiddle Ranch mission. We also had a delicious BBQ with tri-tip and all the fixings provided by Merial, makers of Gastroguard for horse ulcers. H

Here are a few pictures, visit Smugmug to see quite a few more.

Jul 262007

Our 2007 Saddle Fitting clinic with Dave was the usual roaring success. Dave’s humor and knowledge blended for a fact and fun filled day. Dave emphasizes the interrelation of the horse and the human both in the tack we use and in the way we ride and balance with our horse.  We had a great turnout and Dave helped many horses and their owners with saddles that will fit better and thereby improve their balance and performance.