Good day! Well, since this is my very first blog post for Scoot Boots, I thought I'd do a quick intro.
My name is Gwenyth Santagate and I am a horse addict from Florida, USA. I am pleased to make your acquaintance!
I'm a 60-something female who is totally addicted to horses and their whole health and well-being -- mind, body and spirit. I think I was born an "Equine Addict" ... my earliest memories are pretending to gallop fiercely across the plains (my backyard) on a magnificent stallion (the biggest stick I could 'ride' and hang on to!) with the wind whipping my (small) head of hair behind me in pure abandonment! And when I wasn't riding my gallant steed then I WAS the gallant steed ... whinnying and rearing up in defiance of life itself or peacefully 'grazing' the great expanse of pasture (manicured lawn).
HA! Now I'm not so brave ... after all, someone seeing a 60-something *ahem* older woman riding a large stick around the front paddocks would seem a bit odd and might preclude a visit from some helpful men in white coats. Add that to the fact that I strongly feel my husband of 46 years would probably divorce me on the grounds of total insanity!
But, I am blessed. I am presently owned by 3 horses and 3 little UK Shetland ponies who stir up visions of illustrations by Norman Thelwell. One of the horses is a Mustang from the wilds of Nevada, USA (the one rolling in sheer joy in above photo); another is a 'rescued' PMU (Premarin) mare from 3000 acres in Manitoba Canada and the other is a gifted Appaloosa who came to me when his owner could no longer afford to care for him. We all reside in SW Florida on a new farm filled with new discoveries and challenges. Thankfully, their hooves are not one of the challenges.
They all are exceptional teachers and counselors! They are also well versed in knowing how to keep humans humble. But, then, aren’t all equine just as talented?
They all sport amazingly tough, bare hooves. But, then, their diet and husbandry is as close to being 'wild' as possible. I am an advocate and strong believer of good diet for making good hooves.
Oh yes .. hooves. I think of hooves and I think “No hoof; no horse.” How true that adage is. Since the beginning of time horses have depended on their hooves for their very survival; not only for moving across terrain to graze, drink, play and socialize but also as their defense system. Their very lives depend on their hooves.
So healthy hooves are pretty important to the overall, whole horse, wouldn’t you say?
And that, my friends, is what we’ll be exploring in this blog.
After all, the Horse is an amazing creation of perfection. From head to hooves and all in between as it all pertains to hooves and their connection with the rest of the horse.
So hang in and be ready for the next post –
PS. I forgot to mention that I've been doing hoofcare since 1980's. Professionally since 1999 - specializing in pathological conditions of the Equine Hoof. So, I'm here to share a bit of what I've learned along the way with you. We'll go on this Sole Journey together. ...
Gwenyth Browning Jones Santagate is the best-selling author of 10 Secrets to Healthy Hooves as well as a noted author for various international equine publications includingThe Horses Hoof, Equine Wellness, Natural Horse Planet as well as a contributing author for the 2001 United States Federal Mounted Border Patrol Training Manual. For the last 37+ years, she has maintained healthy hooves with natural trimming on thousands of horses and specialized in pathological rehabilitation hoofcare for the last 18 years. She and her husband John keep a small herd of their own equine in SW Florida and continue to offer consults for horses in need. For further information please click here: www.thepenzancehorse.com/2012/RESUME.pdf