Like many hoof care providers I know, I too got my start in hoof care because my own horse had hoof problems. In my case, I was dealing with a metabolic problem child who had laminitis and rotation of the coffin bone. A fantastic farrier put the rasp in my hand and empowered me to care for my own horse’s feet. She encouraged me to go out and conquer the often tumultuous world of hoof care knowledge. So my addiction was born: I AM a hoof educational junkie (say this 3x fast, it’s quite empowering).
After fixing my horse and by fixing I mean getting him back to his previous level of performance as my Dressage schoolmaster and winning multiple Championships at Arabian Sport Horse Nationals, I realized that everyone had or knew of someone who had a horse like him! I was passionate about helping these horses and began offering my knowledge to others.
In 2004 I founded Daisy Haven Farm, Inc. where we specialize in Hoof Rehabilitation using dry lots, specific diet balancing, and meticulous hoof care. I work with two other amazing hoof care providers, Terry Boswell and Molly Vlk, who work side by side with me on and off the farm. We specialize in solving horse’s hoof problems using barefoot methods and “Alternative Support Devices” which include hoof boots, hoof pads, composite shoes, hoof casts, etc.
I was given the title “Millennium Farrier” by a group of great farriers due to my progressive thinking and use of glues and composite materials. I have respect for all aspects of hoof care, and have studied with a wide variety of practitioners in our industry. In order to navigate the wide variety of hoof care philosophies, available today, we are meticulous in digital documentation of every horse we work on and have built a database of over 200,000 hoof pictures and radiographs. This has proven to be an invaluable resource of the hoof over time, and one which I hope to share with you here.