Balanced Equine Hoofcare with Rob Howden
Rob Howden has a broad range of experience trimming laminitic rehabilitation cases to performance horses, including eventing, dressage and endurance horses. As well as trimming horses for successful 160 km state championships and many 80 km ride completions, he is the trimmer of one of the two first endurance horses to complete the 400 km marathon ride, Shahzada, barefoot and booted.
Rob started trimming his own horses when he was dissatisfied with the hooves of his own horses. After attending an Equethy clinic he got the 'bug' and started trimming other horses on demand, not just his own. Recognising that learning never stops, Rob took every opportunity to attend other Equethy clinics with John Gorman and later Andrew Bowe. When Pete Ramey first came to Australia, Rob travelled down south to Berry to hear what he had to say and watch his demonstrations of hoofcare. The experience was mind blowing and a turning point. Soon after Rob took on trimming as a full time occupation and word of mouth recommendations to other horse owners quickly spread.
In 2008 Rob enrolled in the first Diploma in Equine Podiotherapy course, a year long course examing barefoot trimming for performance and rehabilitation with a focus on anatomy and hoof pathologies. One of the benefits of the many excellent lecturers including Mike Ware and the Master Farrier Andrew Bowe, was to learn from Professor Robert Bowker VMD of Michigan State University, USA, a world leader in the study of the natural function of the equine foot and navicular disease and more.
Since then Rob has attended a 3 day Farriers Special Anatomy Class with Dr Deb Bennett PhD, director of the Equine Studies Institute of Livingston, California. This class enabled students to take part in a horse dissection designed to look at biomechanical functioning and the truths concerning locomotion in horses.
Rob is available to mentor horse owners who wish to trim their own horses and is experienced in fitting hoof boots for rehabilitation and for performance.
Available for horses in the Glouceste, Newcastle and Taree region in NSW, Australia.