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David Leigh, ‘The Barefoot Bloke’ has a life-time of experience with horses. His family was involved in the racing industry in South Africa. David has competed at social levels in dressage, jumping eventing, polocrosse and also enjoys packhorse trekking. David has attended many training clinics, conferences both locally and abroad, gained a BSc Equine Science, (CSU) and is a qualified EPT and has a Cert IV in TAE 10. He is a past President of the AAEPT and a lecturer at the ACEPT.  Currently a full time Equine Podiotherapist and running a small Equine Rehabilitation Centre.

Wanting to learn more David has attended various horsemanship clinics (Franklin Levinson, Greg Powell, Buck Brannaman, Monty Roberts). David became interested in hoof care as he was maintaining his own horses hooves and had been for quite some time. He also attended some short hoof care clinics with David Familo, Charley Findlay and The Barefoot Blacksmith. David then enrolled in The Australian College of Equine Podiotherapy to better understand and manage hooves. On completion of the diploma David felt that he was still lacking some vital pieces of the puzzle. This motivated David to do the Equine Science degree at CSU. David graduated in 2019 at the ripe old age of 55. David attends equine conferences both locally and abroad, has spoken at local conferences and was master of ceremonies at a few other conferences. David’s ambition is to make the world a better place for horses through educating horse owners and managers.

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