Wild about hooves
0408 838 198
Marg Richardson has been involved with horses all her life and has bred and rides Arabians horses on her home property in NW Tasmania. It was a mare with a club foot that started the barefoot journey for Marg after deciding the options for the natural trim was the surest way to succeed with her. She remained totally sound for endurance and future careers in campdrafting and other disciplines. Marg completed that endurance year with two other horses without shoes, finishing off winning and gaining Best Conditioned horse at the State Championships (two star 90km FEI) ride with her home bred horse Mahtob in 4 Easyboot Bares. She currently rides home bred horses Bold Nickel and Crazy Cat who are both by her favourite stallion Chip Chase Sadaqa.
Whilst learning to trim and due to her frustration at there being no official Australian qualification for natural hoof trimmers, Marg and three friends - Jen Clingly, Jeremy Ford and Cynthia Cooper, together with professional advice from other trimmers, farriers and scientists, developed the Certificate in Equine Hoof Care Course (ACEHP) underpinned with Nationally accredited units. This was the first time in Australia that students could gain a nationally recognised qualification. Since then ACEHP has grown and has qualified trimmers in successful businesses Australia wide and internationally.
The barefoot movement and it's philosophies has enveloped Marg's life like so many others and has been a professional trimmer for over 12 years. Marg now trims part time, as she completes her Masters of Social Work at the University of Tasmania, with the goal of setting up an Equine Assisted Therapy business in the North West Coast.
Marg currently specializes in rehabilitation of foundered horses and veterinary assisted work, as well as offering consultation services.
"Alfie had been constantly abscessing from the coronet band for over 8 months before Marg came to our rescue. With numerous Vet visits and courses of Antibiotics we had gotten to the stage where our Vet had said there was nothing more he could do to help Alfie.
Marg turned up to my property 7 months ago, and we have not had one abscess since. She made no promises, but said that with constant and regular trimming, keeping that hoof short and open that she thought she might be able to fix it. Since then Marg has turned up every 3 weeks without fail to trim that hoof. She has been kind and gentle with Alfie, while explaining to me everything she did. I cannot thank Marg enough for what she has done for us, her skills and knowledge of horses and their hooves is inspiring and I would highly recommend anybody that is struggling with hoof issues to contact her."
"It was so great to see Marg Richardson arrive at our property to assess and trim the hooves of my new Thoroughbred! We have been a barefoot "family" for eight years and have learned everything we know about barefoot trimming from Marg, Jen and Jeremy. However, my new horse Monty is my first TB and at ten years old has always worn shoes. I wanted help and guidance from the barefoot experts with the transition from shoes to barefoot so that Monty's experience could be as comfortable and safe as possible. Marg's kind and patient handling made him feel calm and confident as she provided me with detailed information about each of his feet, as well as forming an overall plan and time frame for the transition phase. By the time our session ended Monty had a well trimmed set of feet to start his barefoot life and I was armed with a plan and plenty of information to continue his successful transition. That was only a few short weeks ago and thanks to Marg, Monty is happy, healthy, sound and trail riding on his new bare feet! Love it! - (and a second message the next day) - Monty and I did a 3 1/2 hour trail ride on Monday forest and gravel roads with boots on front feet only and he went very well. Also, maybe my imagination but I think he feels better than ever and seems happier. Hmm"
""For four months my mare was experiencing intermittent lameness, sometimes mild, sometimes very pronounced. I had taken her for a consult with an equine vet, and had various therapists work with her to try to get some answers however nothing made any difference. It finally occurred to me I needed to address the hooves, so I got in touch with Marg. From the first trim my mare improved, she has continued to improve ever since and she is now sound and back in work. I'm very thankful Marg was able to work with me and my girl."
"We are blessed with three aged thoroughbreds, one of who has always had real problems with his flat feet! No winter went past without the inevitable foot abscesse... However, since having Marg Richardson trimming his feet we survived a very wet winter without a single problem. Her gentle approach has paid off with all our rather arthrickity old boys!! It is great to have the services of an efficient, patient and reliable professional."
Ann and Peter H.
"Marg Richardson has worked wonders on the feet of the numerous miniature ponies who come into RSPCA’s care with laminitis and seedy toe. Helping get these ponies, literally back on their feet and ready for adoption."
Manager Devonport Animal Care Centre
0419 572 255
Qualifications & Experience
2005 to Ongoing - full time trimming business; competing and riding successfully barefoot and booted horses. Co-Publisher with Jen Clingly - "The Founder Facts", "The Bare Facts" (available as downloads on this site)
2005 - Jeremy Ford AANHCP trimming clinics
2005 - Equethy trimming workshop WA
2006 - Pete Ramey AANHCP 2 day clinic
2006 - Bain Fallon Veterinary/Farriers 2 day Conference - Dr. Ric Redden
2000-2006 - Bain Fallon veterinary lectures
2007 - Co-Coordinator for Australia's first national qualification in Hoof Trimming Certificate
2007 to ongoing - Trainer and mentor with ACEHP - Certificate in Equine Hoof Care
2008 - Dr. Bob Bowker seminar
2009 - Professor Chris Pollitt Laminitis Lectures
2008 to ongoing - Member Australian Brumby Research Unit (Qld University) undertaking field trips and participating in research. http://www.wildhorseresearch.com/
2011 - Organiser with Rebecca Scott - held Australia's first International hoof conference "The Functional Hoof" at Werribee, Victoria with 17 keynote speakers from around the world.
2012-2016 - Bachelor Behavioural Science - Utas
2015 - professional development with Garrett Ford CEO Easycare Inc - boot fitting
2016 - professional development HorseSA conference Equine Workplace Safety
2007-2016 (annual lectures) - professional development Lectures: Carol Layton Nutrition, Prof. Chris Pollitt, Animal Welfare RSPCA, Horsemanship with Carlos Tabernaberri, bodywork with Ken Green.
Other lectures and talks attended include - Katy Watts - http://www.safergrass.org/, Darryl Clifford (qld), Dr. Melanie Quick (field days)
2016 - Professional Development - Master Class and additional Pete Ramey Seminars - Canberra, Melbourne and Tasmania
February 2017 - Professional Development - Sharon May-Davis, Bio mechanics seminar
2017 ongoing - Masters in Social Work Utas
Nov 2017 - EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning) training
Southern and Northern Midlands
A pathway to strong healthy hooves
Mobile 0407 576 061
0407 576 061
North & North West Tas
"As one of the original teachers of the Hoofcare Course for the first 3 years, I am now only trimming my own horses, but am happy to provide mentoring for Hoofcare students in trimming, horse handling, horse care and property design.
My website is a valuable resource for all things natural with horses and my online store sells 'horse endorsed' products including supplements, slowfeed haynets and hoofcare products at http://www.naturalhorseworldstore.com/"
North West Tas
East Coast Tas
North West Tas
Leigh Martin from Performance Hoof Care is a qualified and insured full time Equine Hoof Trimmer. Leigh has been trimming horses hooves since 2003. Looking after horses from Minis to Draughts, in disciplines such as, Dressage, Showing, Jumping, Cross Country, Pony Club, Driving, Adult Riding Club, Western Pleasure, Reining, Endurance etc.
Leigh also competes and trains his own barefoot horses and is now an instructor and mentor with Polytechnic Tasmania in the Certificate III Hoof trimming course.
Based in Southern Tasmania - visiting most areas on a weekly/fortnightly basis.
0410 559 928
Rehabilitation advice and trimming,
Boot sales and fitment,
Transition from shoes,
Mentoring and Coaching,
Hoof Casting and epoxy work.
North West Tas - consultation
Happy to travel. Prompt and reliable.
Experience with laminitis / founder and rehabilitation
Transition to Barefoot
Gentle and patient handling
0427 657 151
Cert III Equine Hoof Care
North, North East & East Coast
North and NW Tas