There are so many benefits to having a long term relationship with a trusted barefoot trimmer. So,naturally, when you find a good trimmer you want to hang on to them.
Trimmers work hard! Drive many miles. Suffer injuries and extreme weather. The act of trimming is, by its very nature a potentially dangerous activity. They might be stomped on, kicked, bitten, etc., Not to mention, the fact that trimming requires a lot of thought, patience, and precision work.
A good trimmer will set an appointment with you that meets the needs of the horse to the best of their ability. They do their best to arrive on time, and if they are going to be late, they communicate with you. They will also be prepared with the appropriate tools, be friendly, calm around the horses, and know their skills well. In addition, you can tell that they are very passionate about what they do because they make efforts to continue their education on trimming methods and even learn about equine nutrition, management, and disease. Lastly, they take the time to explain what they are doing and seeing when they trim, and make suggestions if necessary.
It goes without saying that your horses also benefit from developing a good relationship with their trimmer. If you find trimmer who understands the structure and function of the hoof and how to trim correctly, your horse will be more comfortable, be able to use their foot correctly, and develop a healthier hoof over time. Correct use of hoof allows for comfort, increased movement and improved blood flow, speeding up the healing process.
Some horses find it difficult to trust. A steady trimmer that is kind, quiet, gives lots of breaks, and TREATS will help develop trust with this type of horse, over time. The trust is important because the horse may be more willing to pick up their feet and stand quieter thus allowing the trimmer to perform the precise work that is necessary to improve the hoof.
Also, a trimmer that has the opportunity to work on the same horse over the course of a year or more, helps with the rehabilitation process. In this case, the trimmer and owner can work toward a goal for the horse, that is suffering from founder, Lamintis, Navicular, or Club foot, instead of the owner trying to explain what needs to be done to someone new.
Now, that we have established why it is important to keep a good trimmer, we can think about strategies to ensure that we help them do their very best when they come to trim.
Good trimmers are hard to find. They work hard to improve the quality of your horse's hooves. I hope you found this article interesting and useful!