I feel like I have a national treasure in Gwen. In the above mentioned post about Gwen, someone commented that I should share the before and after pictures of her horse. At some point in the not too distant future I am going to take her suggestion and do that, although I will show before and after pictures of a few horses. I am routinely amazed at the condition of the hooves when the horses arrive here. And these horses are coming from loving, caring owners, often from top show barns, and I often wonder if their farrier was blind. Gwen does an amazing job with these horses, and when their owners visit they are often amazed at how much better their horse's feet look. Especially since they are barefoot and retired. (please refer to the previous post as well to read about how we use boots and pads to transition painlessly to barefoot. I don't want someone to decide their farrier is bad and pull their horses's shoes because of reading this. I am not suggesting that in any way!).
I could rave on and on about Gwen. She is always on time, she never misses an appointment. The one time she needed to reschedule she let me know with plenty of notice. She genuinely cares about the horses and the horses love her, even the ones whose owners said they were difficult for the farrier. She is very quiet and gentle with them. She is a student of the hoof and constantly looking to learn from new people and expand her skill base and knowledge. I love spending the day talking with her while she works as she is a genuinely nice person. On top of that winning personality she is seriously cute, has a tiny, perfect figure (she just does NOT look she could work under horses all day!), and she just got this fab new short hair cut that looks so chic on her. Really, if she wasn't so freaking nice I would hate her guts!
Without further ado I bring you the pictures from our visit with Gwen last week:
That's all folks!