Workshop Dates

Managing Properties and Feeding Programs

presented by WA Horse Council and Perth Natural Resource Management

Click here for flyer with further information


Sunday 14th 2016



Sunday 20th 2016



Sunday 3rd 2016

Henley Brook


Property Management Workshop for Horse owners

Sunday 23rd of February
9.30am - 4.30pm

The workshop will cover:

  • Property design,
  • Soil testing and fertilizer plans
  • Pasture selection and establishment
  • Grazing management
  • Weed management
  • Manure management
  • Property tours

Workshop is limited to 12 people. Lunch provided. Registration is essential.
Please contact Belinda on 0414463032 or to reserve your place.


Now offering Diet Analysis and custom mineral mixes

After completing Dr Kellon's NRCPlus Equine Nutrition course to brush up on my nutrition knowledge, I am now offering clients a diet analysis service.  This involves analyising you horse's diet against NRC recommendations and creating a custom mineral supplement to correct any imbalances.

Improving dietary imbalances helps improve hoof quality, by clearing up sand cracks, reducing hoof wall separation and improving growth.  See the photo below.  The top half of the hoof is on a minerally balanced diet and the bottom half was grown prior to using the custom mineral mix.


Barefoot Trimming Clinics 23rd and 24th of June 2012

I am organising some Hoof Trimming Clinics for people interested in learning to trim their own horses or just those who want to learn a little more about how diet, environment, movement and trimming can affect their horses feet.

Jen Clingly and Jeremy Ford are chief lecturers for the Certificate 3 in Equine Hoof Care at TAFE Tasmania - the nationally recognised/certified bare foot trimming course in Australia.

The dates available are the 23rd and 24th of June. Most likely the 23rd will be a DIY course and the 24th can either be an advanced course (looking at lower leg/hoof dissections or rehabilitation of laminitic/navicular horses etc.)or if there is particular demand for a topic then training can be tailored to suit eg, transitioning from shoes, booting - whatever people would like.

The cost is $175 per day, and the participants can bring their own horse to trim under supervision or be trimmed as a demo horse as part of this cost. The location has not been set yet, but will be central to registered participants.

For more information or if you wish to register, then please download the following registration form.
Information and Registration Form

Or contact me (Belinda) on 0414 463 032.


Low sugar hay

For all those West Australians with laminitic horses and ponies searching for some low sugar hay.

Sietske Nobel of Equibalance has 2011 season meadow hay for sale.  Its a mix of native grasses, that is great for good doers or laminitis prone equines!

Contact Sietke via the link above.



The relationship and responsibilities of the owner and the trimmer, are what I like to call "The trimming partnership".  Healthy, functioning hooves are built over time.  In order to improve a horse's feet, it requires not just a good barefoot trim, but dedication on the owner's part to ensuring that all areas of their horses management are helping to build strong healthy hooves. 

So I like to think of the trimming partnership as this....

The trimmer's responsibilities:

1. to apply a good barefoot trim that encourages the correct biomechanics of the horse.

2. to inform the owner of areas of concern in the hoof (e.g. hoof wall separation, thrush, seedy toe, uneven wear patterns, signs that indicate laminitis etc.) and measures to manage them, and/or provide references for where they can find further information.

3. to inform the owner when the horse is not moving correctly (e.g. toe first landing or uneven gait.) 

4. to discuss options on positive management changes that will help to improve hoof health.

5. to discuss and determine in conjunction with the owner the best trimming interval for each individual horse.


The owner's responsibilities:

1. to provide the horse with a nutritionally balanced diet and manage the horse's weight through out winter/spring where the horse has access to grass.

2. to manage treatment of conditions such as seedy toe, thrush etc. regularly until these conditions are resolved.

3. to provide feedback to the trimmer on the horse's response to the previous trim. Were there any problems?

4. to get body work done on their horse, when hoof wear patterns indicate that soreness in the body is affecting movement.

When both the trimmer and the owner can communicate well and uphold their responsibilities, then the horses feet should improve over time and become truly healthy bare hooves.