Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, I developed a Hunter/Jumper background but had far more fun galloping with friends on trail than in the show ring.
My journey into the world of barefoot began in the early 2000’s when we bought my mare, Cheyenne. She was shod in front and toed in on her RF. She developed a habit of tripping and stumbling, which became concerning and potentially dangerous. A friend mentioned we should try barefoot and so we pulled her shoes and found a great barefoot trimmer.
Wanting to learn more, I attended a hoof dissection clinic in 2002 in Bartlett, Illinois with Martha Olivo. I enjoyed it, but I remained the owner who just held the lead rope and chatted with the trimmer while she worked. I didn’t know why “barefoot was best,” I just knew that was what worked for my horse.
Fast forward to many years later in Virginia, I worked at a local barn while I finished up my undergraduate degree. I fell in love with a horse there and he was the first horse I started trimming. A trimmer well-versed in the “Hoof Guided Method” (one of many barefoot trimming philosophies) taught me how to use my tools and then I was on my own. This gelding had complicated feet, so I had to learn fast about what worked and what didn’t.
A local equine trigger point myotherapist noticed my progress with him and started referring me to her clients. At first I was hesitant, but I realized that I could really help horses in my area even though I was just starting out. My business grew so fast I brought on an apprentice.
My apprentice, Britinee, and I got in touch with Paige Poss (http://www.ironfreehoof.com/) and began taking 4 hour trips each way to train with her every 6 weeks. Our time with her was invaluable. We hosted a dissection clinic with Paige in Virginia Beach in the summer of 2017, and it was an incredible experience. Many of my clients attended and we passed cadaver bones back and forth to each other, in awe.
My husband and I made the big but tough decision to move to Washington for grad school in the fall of 2017 and thankfully, Britinee was ready and able to take over hoof care for my Virginia clients and I am so grateful they are in good hands!
Now my schedule in Washington is filling up but I am still currently taking new clients within 1 hour of north Seattle.
I enjoy walking owners through the transition process from shod to barefoot. I prioritize being a resource to my clients. I am the best fit as a hoofcare provider for owners who want their horses on a regular trim schedule, who may need a patient person for stiff and arthritic horses, or who want to learn more about their role in healing their horse’s feet.
*Excited to announce after a few years of trimming professionally that I am pursuing certification through the Pacific Hoof Care Association. PHCP is an amazing network of hoofcare professionals. Find my student practitioner profile here: http://pacifichoofcare.net/practitioner/name/corrie-mannion/.*
See my Testimonials page to learn more about my relationship with my clients.
My dog, Quinn (named after Jane Seymour’s character on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman), often travels with me to appointments, as long as it’s a dog friendly property. She can’t wait to meet you.