Welcome to the UKNHCP Horse Care Professionals directory. Here you will find a list of equine professionals dedicated to a whole horse health approach to horse welfare and care. These professionals are continually seeking the latest knowledge, through evidenced based research, to bring you the very best for your horse.
We list farriers, trimmers, body workers, vets, physiotherapists, saddlers, nutritionists, feed companies and more.
One thing all our associated professionals have is a thirst for knowledge, new ideas and networking with other equine professionals. If you would like to be considered for membership of our organisation and inclusion in our directory please apply here.
Please read the code of conduct for our members here.
CP stands for a certified professional who has trained directly with the UKNHCP. CP Affiliate are those who have been voted by UKNHCP members to have skills and knowledge which allows membership of the UKNHCP.
Julie BaileyCP Hoof Care (trimmer)
Coming from a horsey family I have owned and ridden ponies and horses from an early age. I learnt to ride on my older sisters pony, and got my first pony, Scooby Doo, when I was 6. I competed in all disciplines throughout my childhood, then trained through the BHS exam system, becoming a BHSAI. I taught riding and schooled horses both in a riding school, and freelance.
I have competed in affiliated dressage competitions winning at medium level. I hope to progress with my horse Trigger to advanced levels. These days I’m more interested in classical dressage, and I believe that dressage training should develop the horses well being, and that dressage success should not require physically or mentally harmful training methods.
I became involved in natural hoof care in 2002. My partner David Barrett and I were buying, backing and selling young horses. We were impressed with how sound and capable those horses were barefoot. I began researching trimming methods, being particularly impressed with the work of American trimmer and educator Pete Ramey, and decided to trim our horses myself. I started being asked to trim for friends and riding clients, and was soon trimming part time. I decided that I wanted to make a career of trimming, and completed the UKNHCP course in 2008. I now work in partnership with David (who is studying the Equine Sciences degree and hoof care certificate) caring for the hooves of over 200 horses and ponies.
Today we juggle riding and competing with work and study. Hoof care is a constantly evolving field. Veterinary researchers, trimmers and farriers are continually adding to our understanding of hoof form and function, and this is leading to improved ways of caring for our horses and their hooves. We believe it is important to keep up with new thinking and enjoy reading and researching books and the internet, attending lectures and taking courses on hoof care and wider aspects of horse care and training, both online and in the real world.
I cover Cheshire, Greater Manchester and surrounding areas.
Mark JohnsonCP Hoof Care Farrier Dip WCF specialises in barefoot
Status:CP Registered farrier Dip WCF
Areas Covered: Leicestershire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire
Mark runs fabulous equine hoof dissection courses in the UK and has been actively involved in helping change the law pertaining to equine welfare. This all started with the Fosse Park Horses. Join the campaign by liking the Help the Horses of Fosse Park Facebook page. For further information in how you can help change the law in the UK to protect horses visit the Hope for Horses website.
John LaurentCP Hoof Care (trimmer)
I came to ‘Barefoot’ through my remarkable mare Desejada. She came from Portugal with a tentative diagnosis of “Navicular syndrome”. There had been periods of soundness interspersed with acute lameness. Our skilled farrier did everything he could but the situation did not improve and we were beginning to think that maybe ‘Dr. Green’ was the answer; take off the shoes and turn her out for a few months to let her feet settle down before bringing her back into work.We researched on the internet and found the UKNHCP website.
The next step was to buy “Feet First” to learn how to successfully transition from shod to barefoot. We changed our horses diets then a couple of months later we contacted a UKNHCP trimmer. From the moment her shoes came off we knew it was right. It was so different to when we had tried to do the same for our cob and ease his arthritis. He hated it and was always sensitive but back then we knew nothing of the importance of correct diet & exercise for barefoot horses.
The periods of soundness quickly became longer, her recovery from soreness was much quicker but she was still subject to intermittent lameness. Following an MRI scan at Leahurst Equine Unit an unresolved fracture of the pedal bone was diagnosed, probably done as a foal and too deep to operate.
The vets at Leahurst gave a very guarded prognosis. It was felt that she would never be able to tolerate fast work and would always need painkillers. Now with her feet having been allowed to develop naturally, we are able to trot, canter & gallop without any spells of lameness. Barefoot hoofcare has proved itself to me beyond doubt.
We also took our other mare, Melody’s, shoes off and watched in amazement as the damage from previous laminitis began to correct. I was maintaining them between trims so decided to train with the UKNHCP.
My horses are living proof of the benefits of a barefoot regime and I am really enjoying using my training to help my customers.
In addition to trimming I am also a Reiki healer. This helps me to establish a calming atmosphere really appreciated by the horses. I will be happy to advise on diet, exercise and care for your horses’ feet. Please contact me on 07917773877 to discuss your horses’ needs.
Rochelle PrestonCP Hoof Care (trimmer)
Areas covered: North Gloucestershire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire, West Oxfordshire and East Herefordshire
I have worked with horses my entire working career (25 years), in many different fields including showing, stud work and dressage. I came to be interested in natural hoofcare when my own dressage horse went lame with navicular syndrome. I am so grateful for the people who God put across my path to show me that there are alternative ways of keeping performance horses on track.
I qualified as a natural hoofcare practioner in 2010 with UKNHCP.
Dawn SaundersCP Affiliated Hoof Care (trimmer)
Status: CP Affiliated
Areas covered: Aberdeenshire
In my previous life I was a Dental Surgery Assistant. Latterly I became involved with the development of the SVQ/NVQ training course for Dental Surgery Assistants and went on to train as both an Assessor and Internal Verifier for the NHS to oversee the development of the trainee nurses. I have owned horses for the last 24 years and before trimming feet took over my life I was a keen endurance rider and reached Gold Series. I have also taken part in many multi-day hill rides with my own horses.
I began hoof trimming in 2005 and certified in Geneva at the Swiss School of Barehoof Trimming, directed by Dan Guerrera during 2008.
In 2010 I was accepted as a member of the American Hoof Association and subsequently was voted onto the Board of Directors. I currently hold the position of secretary. I am also a mentor for the Pacific Hoofcare Practitioners and an Associate Member of the UKNHCP.
For the last 8 years I have attended Alexandra Kurland’s multi day clinics and am a keen clicker trainer.
Ever keen to continue learning I have organised clinics on behalf of Barefootworks with some of the leading researchers in the equine world and in doing so have been lucky enough to spend a lot of personal time in their company. Education is definitely the way forward in my opinion and I always strive to get the message across that the hoof is the end result of many other contributing factors.
My continuing professional development includes:-
2013: University of Edinburgh Online Nutrition course.
2012: 2 day Equine Limb Dissection with Mark Johnson WCF, Scotland
2012: Seminar with Dr Brian Hampson, Queensland University, London.
2011: Seminar with Professor Chris Pollitt, Queensland University, Scotland.
2011: 4 day Conference with the American Hoof Association, Auburn University Vet School Alabama.
2011: Equine Distal Limb Anatomy Dissection with Mark Johnson WCF, Scotland.
2011: 2 day Clinic with Dr Kerry Ridgway DVM, Scotland.
2011: Anatomy and Dissection Clinic with Mark Johnson WCF, Scotland.
2011: Equine Nutrition on line course with Dr Elenor Kellon DVM
2011: Cushings and IR online course with Dr Eleanor Kellon DVM
2010: Seminar with Dr Brian Hampson, Queensland University, Scotland.
2010: 2 day Clinic with Dr Kerry Ridgway DVM, Scotland.
2010: 2 day Seminar Dr Robert Bowker, Scotland.
2010: 4 day Conference with the American Hoof Association, Auburn University Vet School, Alabama.
2010: Anatomy and Dissection Clinic with Mark Johnson WCF
2010: 3 Day Mentorship with Linda Cowles, California.
2009: 3 day Advanced Trimming course with Peter Laidely, Brussels.
2008 : Seminar with Dr Robert Bowker Scotland
2007: 3 day Dissection and Anatomy with Peter Laidely, Scotland
2006: 2 day Introduction to Hoofcare and Trimming with Peter Laidely, Scotland.