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PHCP Spotlight – Lorie Fleenor
PHCP clinician, mentor and practitioner, Lorie Fleenor serves clients in southwest VA and northeast TN. Lorie has her APF-I credential from the International Association of Professional Farriers. Along with running a hoof care business, Lorie owns Magna Vista Farm, a 500-acre cattle operation and boarding facility that offers riding and training services.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got started in hoof care
What is your favorite thing about being part of PHCP
I love the emphasis on education! I love to teach almost as much as I love to learn. I’m a science nerd, so horses, hoof care, diet, and pasture management are things I really enjoy learning about. The more I know, the more I want to learn! I also love the networking and support that PHCP offers. I’ve made some great friends, and I have a group of people I can call on for help.
What are your interests besides all things hooves
My family and I love to be outdoors (we do farm, after all!). We enjoy running, hiking, mountain biking, dirt biking, shooting sports, and Scouting. My youngest son and I also enjoy playing music together! We are very active in our community and try to give back to programs like Church, Boy Scouts, 4-H and Pony Club. I also love collecting bones (it’s something I’ve done since I was a kid). I now have an extensive collection of horse bones with all kinds of interesting pathologies. I love learning from the bones I collect and harvest, especially if I know their history.
Tell us something people may not know about you
I am an avid forager! I’m out on the farm and in the woods all day, so I rarely come home without something from nature to cook for dinner or process into a helpful salve or tincture. I love hunting and eating wild mushrooms and herbs. I lead nature hikes and also teach a few badges for the Boy Scouts when I have time. I think it’s amazing how much the earth provides for us when we take care of it and are aware of what is around us. Nature is amazing!