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Jeremy Ford, a farrier of 25 years is Australia’s leading educator in natural hoof care. 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 stock-work. 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’s life revolves around horses’ hooves. He runs educational workshops on hoof care Australia wide and is principal lecturer in the national trade certificate III in Equine Hoof Care.

Wild About Hooves run tours to the outback to observe Brumbies in their natural desert environment. Coupled with this, he has produced educational documentaries and specialised hoof trimming tools. Jeremy and his string of 20 endurance performance horses run Australian Horse Adventures, offering horse riding tours in Tasmania and the Barossa Valley in South Australia. Jeremy spends a lot of time in the saddle, riding and competing on barefoot horses, practicing what he preaches and is passionate on the philosophy of “show me, don’t just tell me”.  The aim of Wild About Hooves is to highlight the bare facts of keeping horses without shoes, about changing horse keeping practices to complement evolutionary needs and ways to adapt our domestic home environments to keep some of the wild elements for the health and happiness of our horses. Jeremy’s vision is to elevate knowledge and inspire education in hoof care and horse keeping and create a world wide ripple effect of awesomeness with horses.

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