Frequently Asked Questions
Where do you work?
Most of my work is within 30 miles of Portland, Oregon. Places I frequent include Hillsboro, Scappoose, Oregon City, Canby, Beavercreek, and Gresham.
What type of horses, mules and donkeys do you service?
I service all sizes, breeds and disciplines from drafts to miniatures that include performance and show stock; pleasure and trail horses; therapists and pets. All I ask of your equine friend(s) is to be safe and respectful.
Why did you choose this profession?
Horseshoeing is a great way for me to combine lifelong interests. I am a scientist at heart. But I also love working with equines and building things with my hands. In the horseshoeing profession, I can continue to apply my analytical strengths while working with horses. I am grateful to have found the trade and continue to challenge myself by learning more.
My equine is lame. What should I do?
I recommend looking at the feet first. Did your horse step on anything that is still stuck in the foot? Is there any noticeable bleeding? How is the horse standing at rest? Has your equine recently been placed in a new environment? Lameness can occur for a variety of reasons including the presence of an abscess, laminitis, trauma, and genetic diseases such as, navicular disease, equine metabolic syndrome or Cushing’s disease. Depending on the cause, a horse may need immediate veterinary care.
What is balanced trimming and why is balance important?
According to Doug Butler in the “Principles of Horseshoeing,” balance is when weight is evenly distributed over the foot. Balanced trimming also aligns the three phalanx bones. Balance achieves a more efficient gate and provides a stronger foot capsule. I have personally seen horses that will stand with more comfort and work with less effort when balanced correctly.
Why do people shoe horses?
Horseshoes can protect the foot, help fix or alleviate pathological issues, improve traction, and change how a horse moves. Plenty of horses do not need horseshoes, but in environments where the hoof wear exceeds hoof growth, a shoe will stop future wear. Shoeing a horse can also provide a horse with support when the foot or limb is compromised. Support can be important in comforting a horse with navicular disease, a coffin bone fracture, or stressed tendons.
How can I keep my horse out of the mud?
By picking up manure and composting it! It sounds so simple, but I know many people struggle with keeping their horses dry in the rainy season. Luckily there are tremendous resources available for horse owners to manage pastures and paddocks so that your horses don't have to suffer from too much moisture. Please check out the Horses for Clean Water website to learn about some simple solutions. If a project seems too daunting, your county's soil and water conservation district may also be able to help with project planning and funding.
When and how can I schedule an appointment?
I schedule most new clients a couple weeks before their equine needs service. Calling my cell phone is the only way to set up an appointment. My number is 541-589-3423. Please be ready to leave a message. I return calls 8am to 7:30pm Monday through Friday.