American Hoof Association Founding Member. Served as President, Vice President,& Educational Committee Chairman. Founded AHA in 2006 with Pete Ramey & 13 other “pretty good trimmers” http://www.americanhoofassociation.org/

Member of Pacific Hoof Care Practitioners; Member of Educational Committee, Mentor and Clinician http://www.pacifichoofcare.org/

Learning to Trim

I began trimming in early 2003 after years of being fascinated by farrier science. I was certified as a “Martha Olivo United Horsemanship Mentor Hoof Groom” in August 2004. At that time, I was trimming about 50 horses, including several pathological cases. These horses were active trail horses, Western & English sport horses, retired horses, brood mares and colts.

Not long after getting that certification, I started reading Pete Ramey's first book, and after an extended phone conversation with him in September, 2004, I began applying his trim http://www.hoofrehab.com/. I wanted all of "my" horses to be robustly sound regardless of footing, and the Strasser/Olivo approach left most horses tender. I was committed to making barefoot work because my horses had convinced me that they didn't want to be shod. See Gavilan and the Farrier for that story!

I was impressed with the immediate changes I saw in horses that had been barefoot for up to two years, including my own. Pete continued to answer questions, I encouraged he and Ivy to do more clinics, and over time we became close friends..

Pete's trim techniques resulted in horses going barefoot comfortably on many surfaces after a very short period of time, without a notable transition period.

I love Pete, but have to admit that my most valuable teachers and coaches have been the horses I’ve trimmed. But I owe much to Pete Ramey, who shares his invaluable knowledge and resources with all of us so that we all understand what to trim and what to not trim.



How I Got Here

I spent 27 years San Jose, California, in High Tech Marketing, Sales, Engineering and Business Development working for great companies like HP, Intel, Oracle and Mentor. I lost my "bleeding edge high tech marketing" position in 2001 when the industry took a nose-dive, spent a year unemployed, then decided to follow my dream and move to the country to pursue a career working with horses.

I bought a newly opened tack store in Mendocino County, spent 3 years developing it to realize that the bulk of my time was spent doing bookkeeping, which wasn't what I wanted to do. . I decided to sell the business in March 2005, and moved to Sonoma County to began trimming full time. I launched my www.HealthyHoof.com web site in April of 2005 as a way of documenting the transition processes I witnessed in horses who reportedly “couldn't go barefoot”.

My Objective

I'm passionate about comfortable movement & soundness, about rehabilitating horses, mules and donkeys with chronic soundness problems.

I'm equally devoted to supporting barefoot horses of owners with performance goals, because these people prove to the world how robustly sound barefoot horses are. I offer training and advice to hoof care professionals’ and amateur trimmers who share my devotion to improving horses’ lives by restoring their soundness naturally.

I love offering clinics and training activities; please see my Services & Training page for more information.