HAPPY FEET HOOFCARE
I provide care to all equine types, from Andalusians to Zebras, drafts to miniatures, performance show horses to the backyard companion.
I specialize in the treatment of various hoof and lower limb problems, including laminitis and founder, navicular disease, underrun heels, conformation defects, faults of gait, hoof wall distortions, and alleviating pain through therapeutic and corrective hoofcare techniques. Living in the Willamette Valley's often moist and muddy environment, I have become very experienced in the treatment of bacterial and fungal infections such as thrush, seedy toe, white line disease, and sole abscesses.
I have studied all well known styles of hoof trimming, and understand the popularly shared concepts behind these different modalities, including so called "natural" trimming methods. The bottom line: The proper trim for your horse is dependent on the person controlling the nippers and rasp. From personal experience I recognize that with the proper environment, conditioning, and hoofcare, many horses can perform quite well without horseshoes. I personally stress that shoes be used only when found necessary for a horse's health, comfort or performance.
The hoofcare process should be a pleasant experience for all involved parties. It is very helpful to show patience and compassion for any limitations a horse may exhibit. Of course if a horse is outright ill-mannered, it should receive further training prior to receiving hoofcare.
I understand the necessity for services to be conducted in a professional manner. I strive to maintain the highest level of quality and reliability in meeting the needs of my clientele. With the exception of special cases, all horses under my care receive regularly scheduled hoofcare. The majority of domesticated equids rely on receiving regular hoofcare to maintain proper health. Maintaining a routine hoofcare schedule may be just as important as exercise and nutrition in the life of your horse.
I'm Michael Waldorf, a professional farrier in the State of Oregon, committed to providing the highest quality hoofcare to those horses entrusted to my care. I am a certified farrier with the American Farriers Association, and have received certificates of completion from various schools and advanced training programs. I continue to keep current, seeking ongoing education from some of the best farriers and equine lameness veterinarians in the world.