Michael is currently not accepting any new clients. He is open to visiting with those that are interested in the entering the Farrier profession.
There are many theories on trimming & shoeing which need to be considered when you evaluate the condition of a horse's hooves. Each horse in my practice is treated as an individual, taking their use, conformation, soundness & environment into consideration when suggesting a hoof care protocol.
My practice consists of about 50% shoeing and 50% trimming. As to shoeing, I don’t routinely shoe every horse with the same type of shoe. I use the appropriate shoes for your horse & it's use. For my “natural trimming” practice I do whats natural for the horse, natural for it's use, natural for it's environment, natural for it's conformation. Not all horses need shoes, not all horses should or can go barefoot. I believe that the long term soundness & usefulness of your horse depends on the quality of the hoof care your horse receives over its lifetime.