The first thing we do is watch the horse move. As a grazing and flight animal, horses are all about movement. So before we make any decisions, it is imperative that we watch how the horse moves, specifically how the foot meets the ground. Is the foot reaching out and landing heel first, flat, or toe first? This simple observation will tell you a lot about your horse's level of comfort.
In my years of specializing in lameness rehabilitation, scores of horses have shown us that a heel first landing is how a sound horse's foot meets the ground. To understand this, you'll need to understand a bit about lower lib anatomy. With each lameness evaluation, the client will receive a series of articles defining the Principles for Evaluating Hoof Health.
Mark is one of a very few farrier school owners/instructors that actually rides and competes in a high performance event on horseback. As Mark and Karen often say, "Horses are all about movement."
Contact Mark today for a phone consultation: Phone: 425 890-3043
Mark Plumlee is a Certified Journeyman Farrier through the American Farriers Association, a Registered Journeyman Farrier through the Guild of Professional Farriers, and a Certified Barefoot Trimmer, Certified Farrier and Certified Lameness Specialist through the Equine Lameness Prevention Organization.
These diverse certifications speak to Mark’s commitment to the horse. Mark has published 6 educational DVDs, and has been a pioneer in the advancement of farrier education.
Mark, with his wife Karen own and operate Mission Farrier School in Snohomish, Washington, where they have graduated over 400 students from across the United States and 10 foreign countries.
Therapeutic Shoeing is a regular part of our curriculum.
Our clientele include:
Phone: 425 890-3043