My name is Deborah Powell and I am based near Glastonbury, Somerset. In 2010 I undertook a two year training course with the UKNHCP and I am now a fully qualified and insured barefoot hoofcare practitioner.

The trim is the least important aspect to optimising your barefoot performance. A bad trim does not correct an unhealthy structure whereas a good trim (with appropriate diet and exercise) will encourage the recovery of an unhealthy structure. For example a thin sole cannot be “cured” by a trim but a good hoofcare practitioner can ensure an appropriate trim, allowing your horse to perform within its current limitations by also looking at the horse as a whole, i.e. the diet, exercise, movement and environment.

It takes time to build a healthy hoof so be prepared to listen to your horse and how they are coping. It can take up to 9 months for a new hoof capsule to grow down to ground level at which point your horse should be much more comfortable, if not before then. I do not follow one trim method because I believe each horse is an individual and needs to be treated as such.

Trimming is just one of the tools helping to develop your horse’s foot to its maximum performance capability, reducing the chance of injury and improving performance so you and your horse can have a happier, longer life together.


Barefoot Trimming


Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, Worcestershire

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