Trimming for the Optimum Comfort, Performance, and Longevity of the Whole Horse

"Here we are focused on providing you with the trimming services and information to help your horse grow the functional hoof he was intended to have, and become a happier, healthier whole horse in the process!"

We are so much more than just a trim

The hoof needs a healthy happy horse to grow from so we include a whole horse approach to our trimming, helping those who are interested in working out a custom plan for the diet and lifestyle changes that may be needed in order to grow a happier hoof.

We trim in and around Saratoga County NY and will travel out of the area, contact us for more info. We practice natural horsemanship and follow the philosophies of horseman like Tom and Bill Dorrance, Ray Hunt and Buck Brannaman.

What We Do:

  • Maintenance Trims
  • Restorative Trims
  • Rehabilitation from Laminitis, Founder, Wall Cracks, Heel Contraction, and any other Hoof Pathology
  • Transitioning your horse from shoes to barefoot
  • Help with selection and fitting of hoof boots, glue on shells, hoof casting, and easy shoes

What We believe

The barefoot world has recently exploded with groundbreaking research supporting the natural function of the hoof, and information on how, when allowed, all the structures of the hoof work together to support and propel these amazing athletes, and, the benefits of allowing the horse to use the hoof, bare, as it was designed by evolution along with returning the whole horse to a more natural lifestyle. The results I have seen in my own trimming experiences confirm this research over and over.

If you have been involved with horses for even a short amount of time chances are you either have had or know someone who has had to retire a horse early due to some type of hoof dysfunction.  Hoof pathology is an overwhelming career ending epidemic in our domestic horses today, and in my opinion, one that we have the ability to reverse.

​The horse’s hoof is NOT static. It is a dynamic, ever adjusting, living structure.  Therefore, the horse is not necessarily “stuck with the hoof he has.”  I will say it again, your horse is not stuck with the hoof he has. The condition of the hoof at the end of your horse’s leg has more to do with the diet, hoof care, environment, and stimulation it has been exposed to since the time he hit the ground then the genetics passed on to him from his sire and dam.  Most problems can be reversed, especially if caught early, don’t resign your beloved partner to the pasture, check out the informational links on our site.  And remember the hoof is a living structure, able to heal, callous, regenerate, and carry you and your horse on to many more happy adventures together.

Rachel trimming Ghost
Rachel trimming Ghost

Rachel Cintula

Lives on a small farm in Ballston Spa, NY along with her husband, and daughter. She has been a horse owner and enthusiast since childhood. She has attended two Pete Ramey workshops, and has studied the barefoot natural trim and lifestyle for the past ten years. Rachel was trained specifically by a barefoot trimmer who was being temporarily flown into the area for her ability to rehabilitate bare hooves to their optimum form and function, with the goal of Rachel ultimately taking over for her in this area. Rachel’s trimming business grew by word of mouth from there.

Kirsten and Whisper
Kirsten and Whisper

Kirsten Proctor

For as long as I can remember I have always been fascinated by the function of the equine hoof. A very close friend told me that in the first grade I declared I was going to be a farrier. All these years later, my life still revolves around horses. Through my experiences I have developed a profound respect for the horse and a desire to help provide him with a more natural lifestyle.

In 2014 Kirsten was selected to be an Easyboot Team member!

A Happier Hoof, the Business:

Rachel and Kirsten have been friends since grade school and rode horses together as kids.

“About 5 years ago  we reconnected and found that although life had taken us on different paths, we had both remarkably come to virtually identical conclusions regarding horsemanship, hoof care and whole horse health.  We were both trimming and often discussed  and sought each other’s opinion regarding difficult cases. So it seemed natural for us to become partners in our trimming business. Having another person there to discuss cases with on a daily basis if needed or help handle a horse in a difficult situation has become invaluable, and when you are passionate about something it’s always nice to have someone who understands and is equally as interested in the horse, and the hoof, and what you have to say about both.”  And so, “A Happier Hoof” was born.

Thanks for visiting us at A Happier Hoof!