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Thimble: The Tiny Horse in the House
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Thimble is a 10 year old miniature Shetland who joined us aged just 6 months. She has a huge personality and thinks she runs the show! Her fan base is growing so quickly we started an Instagram account just for her, so you can follow all of Thimble's adventures @thimbletheshetland.

Thimble's Track Experience

Thimble suffered her first bout of laminitis during winter time a few years ago so before the track was built she would spend most of her time either muzzled or in our bungalow just to keep her off of the grass. It has been wonderful to watch her on the track this last year, muzzle free and fit just from keeping up with the big horses.

 

Hooves on Track: A new Regional Clinic

Providing leading edge know-how, consultancy & care, to transform your horse’s hooves and health

Aiding Recovery from Laminitis, Thrush & Other ‘Hard to Treat’ Ailments that can otherwise be life threatening.


One of the most asked questions :  Why Can’t My Horse Cope Barefoot?

There can be many possible reasons. Most of them curable with a little hard-won know-how and a dose of TLC. We want to show you how!

We want to show you how: Please click here to see the Perks!

 

LAMINITIS: Back from the Brink!
Laminitis is often extremely painful and can be so hard to treat that it becomes terminal for too many horses.

There’s so much to share that can help your horse have a happier healthier life, that we want to create a new centre to serve the east of England where you and your horse can get the help you need.

 

Blondie: Back from the Brink!
We are all too familiar with this scenario - as you can read on Blondie’s section - She’s now as fit as the proverbial fiddle.

 

Bringing ‘Barefoot’ expertise to the east of England


Many owners are ‘killing with kindness’ by allowing horses to become sedentary, grazing on their sugar laden fields. Our centre will provide a natural and holistic approach designed to introduce sustainable health benefits, reducing vet bills and providing horses with a new lease on life.
We need your support to launch this groundbreaking centre of knowledge and care which will provide:

  • Consultations - Starting now - choose your consultation here!
  • Rehab: Provide rehabilitation for difficult, ingrained physical and behavioural issues
  • Consultancy: Transform your own stabling into a Paradise Paddock with a healthy design to get your barefoot horse on track, on its own track - Promoting movement so allowing the weight to drop off
  • Livery: Access to out own track to transform your horse’s and hoof health
  • Expert advice on track environments and natural horse care

A Cinderella Story?

We know that it’s a common problem for people to be concerned about their horses losing their shoes but in this fairy tale, the prince can keep the shoe! We have enabled dramatic transformations in hoof health - think ‘fairy godmother’ although the process takes a little more time. Harry, our ex racer, was rehabilitated from a severe abscess breaking part of his hoof to the sound foot demonstrated below.

 

Just like our princess though, we need to look at more than just the shoes! Horse health is impacted by their diet, their interaction in a herd and their physical environment. Our track has been crafted with years of experience, knowledge and research into the best natural approaches for improving the lives and health of horses. The need for this approach, and proof that it worked, all started with Tyson...

 

A Track for Tyson

Our first horse Tyson was a young, strong, and lively character and very challenging to keep on a traditional livery yard as he hated being stabled and due to bad behaviour, we were eventually thrown off.


Despite all the gadgets, tools and traditional ‘tricks of the trade’, nothing actually solved the issue and many seemed to increase the adrenaline to the point where Tyson just became stronger and more resistant. Within just 6 months, Tyson had lived on 5 different livery yards.

Having a Ball

At our wit’s end, especially as Tyson was a dream to ride otherwise, our ‘eureka’ moment was when we bought our lovely Haflinger, Blondie and introduced them on our own land. Only then did we truly understand the importance of horses being able to roam, and following their natural social instincts. It was a game changer for Tyson’s behavioural issues! Over the next few years, we grew to a herd of five including Thimble the Shetland, Harry the ex-racehorse, and Roxy the warmblood and tried to provide them with a ‘wild’ environment. It was wonderful watching them galloping and playing, grazing and grooming together.

 

As Tyson and Blondie had come to us unshod and we managed to compete and hack without any issues, any new horses that joined us had their shoes removed. Although they were always sound, we soon learned to handle the sensitivities that arise in the beginning. Feet that never touch the ground need toughening up!


We also analysed their diet and it was clear that the less processed food we gave them, the more their foot and overall health improved. The need to create a business became more evident, to share this knowledge with a wider community and care for more horses in this way. With 3-6 months in our ‘Paradise Paddock’ horses can be rehabilitated, and owners can engage with us to develop the best environment for their return home.

A Marriage Made in Heaven

Horses standing around eating grass all day are essentially grazing on candy, and won’t move! Our track strategically places food and water, forcing movement and encouraging playing, galloping and grazing which improves overall horse health, hooves and happiness. We have overcome cases of horses being near-crippled, laminitis, weight issues, horses being dismissed as ‘lame’ without shoes and much more. With your support, we can launch this new business, bringing the barefoot movement to new areas of the country and instilling a new way for horses to live happier and healthier lives!

 

Will you help us keep transforming the lives of horses?

 

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Thank you from Thimble
An online personalised thank you 'Hoofed' (signed) by Thimble the Shetland
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£20
Blondie Thank you Photo
Personalised digital Photo 'Hoofed' (signed) by Blondie
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£25
Discount Gift Voucher
10% off any hoof or feed product from Hooves on Track store
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£25
Thimble thank you postcard
Handwritten thank you postcard with Thimble hoof print.
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£35
Independent Nutrition Review - Early Bird Offer
We can discuss your current feeding plan and how you could make changes to improve the health of your horse.
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£40
Keeping Track Calendar for 2021
Featuring our lovely local models and track in our new 2021 Calendar!
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Laminitis - How we fixed it - 30 Minutes
Get up to half an hours consultation via phone or zoom to show us your horses feet and for us to work with you to improve their foot health.
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£40
Laminitis - How we fixed it - Early Bird Offer
Normally £60, get up to an hours consultation via phone or zoom to show us your horses feet and for us to work with you to improve their foot health.
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£50
Embroidered Polo Shirt
Hooves on Track embroidered Polo Shirt
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£50
Horse Image on a Mug
Pick from a selection of images of your favourite horse printed onto a mug.
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£50
Independent Nutrition Review
We can discuss your current feeding plan and how you could make changes to improve the health of your horse.
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£50
Red Horse Artimud product and tutorial
We will send you a tub of Red Horse Artimud plus a video tutorial of how and why we use this wonderful product.
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£50
Red Horse Field paste product and tutorial
We will send you a tub of Red Horse field paste plus a video tutorial of how and why we use this wonderful product.
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£50
Red Horse Hoof Stuff product and tutorial
We will send you a tub of Red Horse Hoof Stuff plus a video tutorial of how and why we use this wonderful product.
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£60
Laminitis - How we fixed it
Get up to an hours consultation via phone or zoom to show us your horses feet and for us to work with you to improve their foot health.
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£100
Come and meet the horses
Your chance to spend a few hours in the beautiful Suffolk countryside meeting our herd of happy horses!
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£100
Private email and video track discussion
To answer any questions you have on why and how to help your horses and yourself enjoy life on a track.
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£100
Private email/video discussion: How to go barefoot
To answer any questions you have on why and how to help your horses to plan and live without metal shoes.
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£850
First 2 months track livery
A special discounted first two months of livery at our new track livery. A package that includes boarding, hay regular hoof care and much more. (If you are considering taking this offer please contact us first to discuss specific details - 07711 679151)
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£1,500
3 months Rehab / Transition Livery
A special discounted 3 months of rehabilitation package or transition to barefoot at our new track livery. A package that includes boarding, hay regular hoof care and much more. (If you are considering taking this offer please contact us first to discuss specific details - 07711 679151)
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£1,800
Meet the horses and luxury stay in Suffolk
3 nights stay at nearby luxury lakeside lodges you will spend a full day with our horses. Starting with the morning feed and spending some time with each horse and we look after their daily needs. Then on to the old market town of Bury St Edmunds for dinner.
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