Do you “fill these boots”?

  • Are you a member of the AEBM?
  • Are you a Rider of Distinction?
  • Are you a barefoot horse rider competing in your field – it could be jumping, trail riding, pony club, showing, endurance riding, dressage, eventing, orienteering, adult riding club, natural horsemanship, driving, campdrafting, western riding, racing?
  • Are you a barefoot-friendly instructor, breeder or someone rescuing and re-homing horses?
  • Is there something special of distinctive about what you do with barefoot horses?

You could be eligible for an AEBM/Cavallo Horse & Rider RIDERS OF DISTINCTION Award. You will receive a pair of Cavallo SIMPLE Boots and a Cavallo Total Comfort System Saddle Pad.

For more information and an entry form download the pdf document below.

ROD Application form (92 KB PDF file)



Congratulations to Mandy Etherton
of Strath Creek, VIC

My main interest lies in dressage, however I have (and hope to again in the future) competed in most HRCAV disciplines including HT, CT, showing, showjumping. I am also very interested in breeding warmbloods. My 11 yo daughter is a pony club member.

When Min (Jazzmin - a 6yo warmblood mare by Jazz) was started as a 3yo, I was determined to keep her barefoot, having read how much healthier it is overall for the horse. My farrier at the time was very encouraging, and was doing a barefoot trim on my horses. Min had absolutely no problem at all with her work during her first year without shoes.

As a 4yo, I competed with Min at Dressage with the Stars, she finished just out of the Top 10, and then went on to place 6th the following April at the Dressage Festival, in the 4yo class. We were the only combination in the placings who were not a professional rider. From 3 to 6 , Min has competed at many dressage events, both EFA and HRCAV. She has never had an issue with any footing on any surface. She also competed in the 5yo class at DWTS in 2008, again placing well with good scores. I am proud that we have competed against the best young horses in the country, with a barefoot trimmed horse.

In late 2007 I met Carola Adolf for the first time, and she trimmed our horses, and filled in some of the missing pieces for me. When she pointed something out to me, and I got down on my knees to look from ground level, she exclaimed, "AH! You're a trimmer!" and laughed.

As she predicted, I quickly discovered a passion for trimming! Carola helped me with some issues that my stallion was having with his feet, and midway through 2008 I expressed to her that I was interested in becoming a trimmer. After looking at all the hoofcare courses on offer, I enrolled as a Professional student with Equine Soundness, which has been an amazing life changing experience.

I have learnt an incredible amount, and have been able to use that knowledge with some difficult cases, including a few long term founder cases that are well on their way to being successfully rehabbed. I hope to take my final exams towards the end of this year. With my trimming and hoofcare knowledge, I am excited that I can make a real difference to horses with problems. And even more excited that I can help healthy, sound horses, to stay healthy and sound, and BAREFOOT!!
The way they are meant to be...



Congratulations to Mother and Daughter Hoof Trimmers and Horse Trainers
Bronwyn Flinn and Brittany Flinn
AEBM Members #222 and #221 of Limeburners Creek, NSW

Brittany Flinn, 19, has just started a four year university course for her Bachelor of Agricultural Business (Equine Studies). She has been trimming horses since the age of 12 and now has her own clientele. Her horse, Demo, came to her as 'nuts' and 'crippled', but Brittany has rehabilitated him to a happy, healthy and sound showjumper. Brittany 'loves to learn every day by coming across new hooves' and says she is 'excited to see the barefoot movement grow more and more'.

Bronwyn Flinn, Brittany’s mum, is one of three daughters who were top showjumpers in New Zealand. Her father, who did all their own horse shoeing, was also the President of the NZ Showjumping Society. Bronwyn says she ‘thought she knew everything’. Then some years ago, thanks to an unfortunate riding accident for Brittany, mother and daughter happened upon the world of barefoot and Natural Horsemanship, and have never looked back. ‘Wow – what a journey!’ says Bronwyn, and we think you’ll agree!



Congratulations to Julie Scott
AEBM Member #196 from Meadow Heights, Vic

Name and description of horse/s: Kate – 16hh 13yr Irish Sport horse & Doulton – 16hh 11yr Thoroughbred.

Equestrian Activities: Member of HRCAV – Dressage, Combined training, Horse Trials & Nav rides

‘Both of my horses have been barefoot for over 3 years and it has NEVER stopped me from doing anything that I want to do on my horses.

‘I was introduced to barefoot when I was doing my equine myofunctional therapy course and thought, “I’m going to give this a go”. I can tell you, I haven’t looked back.

‘During the years of doing EMT I have come across so many shod horses that have so many postural and biomechanical problems due to imbalances in their hooves, and I was only temporarily relieving their pain. Due to this I feel I am at the forefront of educating people (who shoe) about the benefits of barefoot, so much so that I have become a barefoot trimmer myself. If my client wants ‘em off, I can take ‘em of and balance that hoof.

‘I recently completed Certificate III in Equine Hoof Care in Tasmania – two whole weeks of talking and learning about hooves!

‘As far as my horses go, we are members of the HRCAV and do everything, dressage, combined training, horse trials, navigation rides and trail riding. I regularly use my Cavallos on navigation rides and trail rides, usually when I don’t know the terrain, and they work a treat. Slippery hills, rocky roads and creeks aren’t a problem for the Cavallos, they don’t move and they don’t rub. The comfort system saddle pad evens out any irregularities that may occur in my saddle. My horses change shape from season to season and depending on the work they are doing so it is nice to be able to rely on a product that will help manage these changes, saves me time and money at the saddler. I also recommend these to my clients.’



Congratulations to Shan Daw
AEBM Member #165 from Port Pirie, SA

Shan is a passionate barefoot horse enthusiast who works tirelessly to promote the Barefoot Movement in her area, including helping other horse owners with hoof trimming, and educating children about the benefits of a barefoot natural lifestyle for horses.

She is a member of a local trail riding groups, and has organized an AEBM-sponsored prize for “Best Performed Barefoot Horse” at a local gymkhana.

Shan is currently working on a DVD that explains how to maximize movement for horses on minimum acreage.



Congratulations to Peter and Kerryn Dunlop
AEBM Members #167 and #214 from Woori Yallock, Vic

Name and description of horses: Karramar Mystique (Myst) – 16:2 hh, 7 yo Cleveland Bay Sporthorse mare; WES Mon Cherie (Cherie) – 16:1 hh, 7yo Percheron/Holsteiner/TB mare; Noble Knight (Clive) – 16 hh, 22 yo Percheron/TB gelding and Jobina Ringer (Gamma) – 16 hh, 19 yo STB/TB gelding

Equestrian Activities: Members of HRCAV – Dressage

‘In 2002 we read an article in the HRCAV’s newsletter, Chaff Chat, entitled “The Harmful Effects of Shoeing” by Dr Hiltrud Strasser. We felt that if there was any truth in this article then we didn’t want our horses being subjected to this harm. And the article made good logical sense. So the shoes came off and our farrier continued to trim for us.

'After about 6 months we decided we wanted to learn more about ‘barefoot’. So Peter attended a 3-day Strasser seminar and took over the trimming of our horses.

'In July 2003 Julie Leitl first came to do an assessment of our horses and check that Peter was on the right track with his trimming. Julie had just graduated from the full Strasser certification course. She has been trimming our horses ever since and we won’t let her go!

'Our horses have never taken a lame step by being barefoot, and our unsound horse, Gamma, who was sent to early retirement was brought back to soundness and returned to work.

‘We both compete in HRCAV dressage on our barefoot horses. Peter is currently competing Level 3 (Preliminary level) dressage on his grey mare, Cherie, having pointed through Level 4 in 6 months with only limited outings. Kerryn reached Level 2 (Novice level) dressage on Clive, before retiring him at 22 yo (and still sound) to start riding and training Myst, a young mare that we bred ourselves.

'We both regularly attend clinics at Andrew McLean’s establishment, the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre (AEBC). We have noticed a rapid increase in barefoot horses at these clinics, to the point that now very often more than 50% of the attending horses are without shoes!'


Cavallo Horse & Rider

Major Sponsor of the Australian Equine Barefoot Movement (AEBM) Inc And American Trail Horse Association (ATHA). Makers of the SIMPLE Boot … the multi-purpose hoof boot, and Cavallo Total Comfort System Saddle Pads Available at Horseland and all fine saddleries