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PHCP Practitioner Spotlight – Kathy (Ladendecker) Coleman
Kathy is a PHCP practitioner and is the Director of Education. She has been a member since 2017.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got started in hoof care
As luck would have it he said my horse didn’t need shoes and pulled them before he disappeared.
I learned from Jamie Jackson’s old VHS videos and spent a lot of time on Paige Poss’s very new Iron Free Hoof website. It was the birth of barefoot trimming, and I was on my own learning as much as I could.
Later I acquired an Andalusian x Peruvian Paso mare and had a crash course in EMS/IR when she foundered badly. I enlisted the help of a local barefoot trimmer to rehab her. Because of this horse I found the ECIR Group for help on diagnosis, diet, and trim, and I found Pete Ramey. I ordered his books and DVDs and attended a clinic, all of which made a huge impact on my education.
What is your favorite thing about being part of PHCP
The focus on continuing education is outstanding. The network of horse and hoof crazed geeks that are willing to help each other is just amazing. Friendships are born easily with people who have so much in common, and no one is left lost in their own little world without support. This job is not easy, and the personalities within PHCP help make it a lot of fun.
What are your interests besides all things hooves
I love nature, being active, outdoor adventures, and getting creative in the kitchen (when it’s not too nice out). I play with my own horse including some classical dressage and work in hand, always bitless.