The Wild About Hooves Team
Jeremy Ford, a farrier of 16 years is now a professional natural hoof care practitioner. After being introduced to barefoot trimming he has hung up his hammer and stored the anvil to promote healthy sound metal-shoe free horses.
Jeremy has been involved with horses all his life in all disciplines including hunting, endurance and stockwork. His encounters with wild Australian Brumbies in the outback were the major inspiration for the switch to barefoot. These horses have hooves hard, strong and able to cope with the hardest terrain. This natural world led him to study with the AANHCP (American Assoc of Natural Hoof Care Practitioners).
Jeremy currently runs educational workshops on hoof care. He is principal lecturer in the Equine Hoof Care course run by the government education institution, Polytechnic Tasmania.
When not working Jeremy and his favourite black mare, Ruby Running Bare, are a leading heavyweight team in endurance competition in Tasmania.
Jen Clingly is an advocate for bare hooves. She and her horse, Imaj Zamir, have become a high profile barefoot endurance team. She was the first in Australia to successfully complete a 100 mile endurance ride, and the first in Australia to win an endurance ride outright on a barefoot horse. Their 4000km achievement and successful string of placings in endurance has proven time and time again that shoes are not necessary, even for long distance. She is passionate on her quest to educate others of the benefits of not shoeing horses.
Jen is currently working as a professional barefoot trimmer in Tasmania. She is a member of Tasmania’s Mounted Search and Rescue and a lecturer with nationally accreditated certificate in “Equine Hoof Care” course. Jen is also a freelance writer and features regularly in the 'Horse Hoof' magazine and 'Arabian Horse Express'. She is also focusing on writing a book highlighting the healthy hoof and giving insight into training a barefoot performance horse.
Jen and Jeremy finished the 2012 endurance year on top of their divisions in the state ladder, winning highest point horse with Imaj Zamir; distance horse with
Diamond Tail Desert Opal; plus highest point lightweight rider and equal long
distance rider. Ruby Running Bare is distance horse of the year in Tasmania overall.
Jen and Jeremy live in picturesque Meander Valley, Tasmania. They are wild about hooves and horsing around. They are also wild about their children, training endurance horses, trimming hooves and educating students keen to study natural hoof care and horsemanship.Together they make an inspiring and complimentary team.
Their business is all encompassing:
Workers - A busy trim practice in Tasmania
Trainers - One Day Learn to Trim workshops AUSTRALIA WIDE
Lecturers - in 12 month course in Equine Hoof Care http://www.australianhooftrimmers.com/
Adventure Tour Specialists
1) Brumby Tours based out of Alice Springs, NT.
2) Holidays on horseback in Tasmania
3) Farm Stay accommodation with natural horsemanship and trail riding.
Documentary Film Makers - 'Running Naked' premiered with a screening at Equitana 2008. Film is their favourite medium for education and they have also produced an instructional trim dvd and short film on rehabilitation. More details here .
Educational rescource providers - including a booklet called 'The Bare Facts' . Plus numerous published articles on barefoot endurance riding and Australia's wild horses.
Active competitors- they train & compete in endurance riding and educate and agist internationally owned horses at 'The Gem' farm.
They are always in the saddle practicing what they preach!
Tool Makers - they designed and developed a tool specifically for the trimming market - a loop knife and hook pick 'all in one'
Jen & Jeremy are proudly sponsered by Horse Connection and both love and use the treeless saddles.
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Natural hoof care and education is the foundation to the Wild About Hooves business.