If you’re unsure of where to look to find a barefoot trimmer in your area, or if you’re looking for a second opinion on your horse’s trims, here are some options for you to try.
If you have a friend with a barefoot horse, ask them who they use for trims and if they would recommend their services. Your trainer, barn manager, or barn owner may also know of someone who works in the area. It helps if you like the way their barefoot horse is looking and moving! But that’s not the sole judgment of a trimmer’s skill (no pun intended. Okay, pun intended a little!)
If you already know who services your area and are looking for another opinion, continue on down this list to find a barefoot trimmer.
There are a few Facebook groups you can post in to find a barefoot trimmer in the United States.
Barefoot Trimmers Only – this group has 9,000 owners and hoofcare professionals in the group, you’re bound to get a response!
Barefoot Trimmers Connect – started specifically with the purpose of connecting owners with barefoot trimmers. It’s smaller than the other two listed here, so would recommend posting in a few groups.
Hoof Rehab Help – this group has over 13,000 members and there is also a compiled list of professionals in the “files” section.
Post “ISO farrier/barefoot trimmer” in both groups with some details — what you’re looking for, where you’re located, how many horses, etc.
*If you don’t see any geographical matches, contact someone who works in your state or general area from either of those two sites and ask if they know of anyone trimming in your specific area. The barefoot trimming community is small and you’re bound to get an excellent referral.*
The American Hoof Association (founded by Pete Ramey, among others) has a list of certified trimmers on their website. You can see if any are close to you geographically here: http://americanhoofassociation.org/trimmers/.
The Horse’s Hoof Professional Trimmers List
This is a more extensive list of trimmers all across the country. Look for someone in or near your area. This list includes trimmers of all kinds and methods, so you’ll have to ask some questions to find out if individuals will be a good fit for what you’re looking for. Find the list and search in your state here: https://www.thehorseshoof.com/trimmers.
What to Say
When I’m contacted by a potential client, helpful information for me to know is:
- Best way to contact you – text, email, Facebook
- How many horses?
- Age + breed
- Shod or barefoot
- Specific concerns? Vet diagnosis?
- Anything else you’d like to share
If you’re looking for a referral, the same information is still helpful.
Best of luck finding the perfect hoofcare provider for you and your herd!