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Welcome to the web site of Richard Vialls, Equine Podiatrist.

Equine podiatry is about getting the best possible feet under your horse.

Richard Vialls

Equine footcare techniques have moved on in the last few years. Many horse owners are now discovering that their horses can work without shoes and that there are health and other benefits that come with this approach. Equine Podiatry is a holistic, science-based approach to caring for your horse’s feet without the use of shoes. While the way the hooves are trimmed clearly has an important effect on the health of your horse’s feet, there are also many other environmental factors that are equally important. As one of the most experienced Equine Podiatrists in the UK, I am not only experienced at trimming hooves, but also at providing advice and support on how to manage your horse’s environment to maximise the potential for the feet.

With the right management approach, most horses can work without shoes… often to a high level. Barefoot techniques are also very effective for improving hoof problems such as flat feet and navicular disease that have previously proved difficult to tackle. I have a strong research interest in hoof pathologies – especially laminitis and low grade laminitis. I am based on the Isle of Anglesey and my practice covers North Wales.

My new book, Laminitis, a Horse-Centred Approach is now available  in both print and eBook versions from all the usual outlets.

This book is essential reading for anyone coping with a horse with laminitis but also contains a wealth of information that can help owners and professionals alike to recognise the early warning signs of laminitis and reduce the risks of laminitis. The book also contains the latest information on low grade laminitis, a condition every horse owner should be aware of.

I am a founder member of the Equine Podiatry Association and am also a member of the EPA governing Council. The Equine Podiatry Association is a self-regulating professional body for equine podiatrists working in the UK. It maintains a register of professionals who meet the training and continuing professional development standards of the EPA and adhere to the EPA Code of Conduct. More information on the work of the EPA can be found on the EPA website.

I am a director of Equine Podiatry Training Ltd., which runs the Diploma in Equine Podiatry course, training the equine podiatrists of the future.