About Me

Coming from a horsey family I have owned and ridden ponies and horses from an early age. I learnt to ride on my older sisters pony, and got my first pony, Scooby Doo, when I was 6.

I competed in all disciplines throughout my childhood, then trained through the BHS exam system, becoming an AI. I taught riding and schooled horses both in a riding school, and freelance.

I became involved in natural hoof care in 2002. David and I were buying, backing and selling young horses. We were impressed with how sound and capable those horses were barefoot. I began researching trimming methods, being particularly impressed with the work of American trimmer and educator Pete Ramey, and decided to trim our horses myself. I started being asked to trim for friends and clients I taught riding to, and was soon trimming part time. I decided that I wanted to trim full time. Feeling that people expect qualifications I completed the UKNHCP course in 2008. We now care for the hooves of around 200 horses and ponies.

Melinda Batres