My name is Alicia Harlov, and my passion for hoofcare all started with my BLM mustang, Vinnie. Shortly after adopting him, he was diagnosed with navicular disease (bone changes, spurs, and suspected soft tissue damage). Determined to not let my hopes and dreams for him fall apart, I began researching what I could do to help him. This led me to Rockley Farm, in Exmoor, England, where I learned about barefoot hoof rehabilitation. I flew there to see the rehab facility for myself, and fell in love with hoofcare. Because of this background, I have a soft spot in my heart for horses diagnosed with navicular, and am very passionate about educating owners in regards to navicular diagnosis and rehab. My time at Rockley Farm, and subsequent webinars and clinics with Nic Barker, taught me about correct hoof biomechanics and how to keep performance horses sound and in work.
At the rehab, I learned the importance of diet and movement in regards to hoof health. I continued my diet study with Dr. Kellon’s NRC Plus course, and I enjoy teaching owners how to grow the healthiest hoof possible through diet adjustments and watching for correct biomechanics in movement. I believe that getting a horse sound is often a matter of finding the right pieces to the puzzle, and I am determined to help owners find what works for their horse.
Since visiting Rockley, I studied under various trimming methodologies and philosophies, and earned my certification through Progressive Hoofcare Practitioners. I have had strong influences in the past from Pete Ramey, KC LaPierre, Maureen Tierney, ELPO, among others. I have taken courses and clinics with Daisy Bicking, EponaMind, Pete Ramey, Nic Barker, PHCP mentors, and shadowed farriers and trimmers all over the country. I am a member of ECIR and am happy to help owners with metabolic horses as well.
I love helping owners figure out the puzzle pieces to their horse’s soundness, whether it is diet related, environment or trim related, or biomechanics related. I hope to empower owners to see where we might want improvement in the feet and movement of the horse, and what it might take to get there.