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Nathan’s interest in horses began in his late teens, while working on large cattle stations in the Northern Territory, which included shoeing his own horses. That was the beginning of his keen interest in horse’s hooves that has continued to grow through to today.

Years later Nathan found himself owning a horse with severe hoof deformities, and knew he needed to learn more to help that horse. He studied and completed the Diploma of Equine Podiotherapy, during which time he was able to change his horse’s hooves dramatically for the better, and this then led to a hunger to help even more horses with hoof problems. This journey led to thousands of hooves and scenarios, and just as many pathologies, laminitis rehabilitation and a deep understanding of hoof problems. Nathan’s ‘partner in crime’ is his wife Nadine, a respected Equine Naturopath. Not only do they work together both in the field and helping laminitic horses at their rehabilitation centre, they are also owners of Happy Horse Australia. On their small organic farm in south eastern NSW, they produce premium quality herbs used in their range of natural and nutritional equine products, grown, formulated and manufactured all on site. They both have a passion for holistic horse management and run their herd with a unique combination of track system and cell grazing with diverse browsing options as part of the system’s design for optimal health as an equine species.

If he wasn’t busy enough, Nathan is also President of the Australian Association of Equine Podiotherapists and loves educating and empowering owners to look after their own horse’s hooves with greater confidence. Nathan believes that a confident horse owner, equipped with the right knowledge and tools, has potential to achieve a better hoof than a professional on lengthy trim cycle.

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