I have learnt so much from Abi in the eight years she has been trimming my horses. She has a rare combination of sound scientific knowledge and a genuine care for the horses she trims. She has been so patient and understanding towards my horses, two of which have been very badly treated in the past, that they actually whinny at her when she arrives! The depth and breadth of her scientific understanding is wide, and encompasses all aspects of a horses lifestyle and the implications of that on the hoof and soundness of the horse. I have also found that her ability to explain and share her knowledge is always done in a way that is easily understood and when she is trimming she will always take the time to explain what is happening with the feet and why. I find that invaluable for the ongoing care of my horses as the feet tell us so much about the bigger picture of a horses health status. ‘
‘I first met Abi in 2009 when she came to trim one of my horses, a 17.2 warmbloood called Romeo who had a severe twist in his left hind. I was astounded at the knowledge, care and genuine interest she had in trying to help him. I had tried various farriers/shoes for him over the three years I had had him at that point but nothing helped and only seemed to cause further issues. Within months of the shoes being off and Abi trimming him, the twist lessened and he became much happier. His muscle build up began to alter in a positive way and he became much stronger, more balanced and more confident in his own movement. The incredible changes continued and I think both myself and Abi were shocked at the degree and swiftness of the improvement! The changes continued until the twist was hardly even noticeable at all. Thanks to Abi he was able to live a pain free, comfortable life and I am deeply grateful to her for that.
‘I cannot thank Abi for all she did for my elderly pony. Her extensive knowledge is unsurpassed, her unerring patience with both horses and owners. Her whole holistic approach with regards to the horse and problems that may affect the feet due to muscle or skeletal problems elsewhere and the contacts she has acrewed over the years to correct the issue such as Bowen practitioners to name but one! Her easy going and gentle nature puts the horses at ease and makes her a pleasure to deal with.
When my boy died she no longer travelled to Runcorn anymore as it was way out of her area but even though I may have lost my barefoot trimmer I gained a friend.’
‘We went barefoot five years ago. The decision to do so was accelerated by one of our horses being diagnosed with EMS and the first of a series of hoof abscesses. We had been told that he had had a very severe laminitis attack in the past by his previous owner and consequently his hooves were in a dire state. Abi was recommended to us by the vet. She has carefully and painstakingly taken care of these painful distorted hooves and gradually improved the appearance and condition.
I look forward to hoof trimming sessions because Abi comes when she said she would, she is interesting and interested and she actually likes horses. And between visits if I have any worries I know I can text, email or phone to ask for her valued opinion. ‘