Marg Richardson - Course Coordinator/Trainer
Marg Richardson has been involved with horses all her life and has bred and rides Arabians horses on her home property in NW Tasmania. It was a mare with a club foot that started the barefoot journey for Marg after deciding the options for the natural trim was the surest way to succeed with her. She remained totally sound for endurance and future careers in campdrafting and other disciplines. Marg completed that endurance year with two other horses without shoes, finishing off winning and gaining Best Conditioned horse at the State Championships (two star 90km FEI) ride with her home bred horse Mahtob in 4 Easyboot Bares. She currently rides home bred horses Bold Nickel and Crazy Cat who are both by her favourite stallion Chip Chase Sadaqa.
Whilst learning to trim and due to her frustration at there being no official Australian qualification for natural hoof trimmers, Marg and three friends - Jen Clingly, Jeremy Ford and Cynthia Cooper, together with professional advice from other trimmers, farriers and scientists, developed the Certificate in Equine Hoof Care Course (ACEHP) underpinned with Nationally accredited units. This was the first time in Australia that students could gain a nationally recognised qualification. Since then ACEHP has grown and has qualified trimmers in successful businesses Australia wide and internationally.
The barefoot movement and it's philosophies has enveloped Marg's life like so many others and has been a professional trimmer for over 12 years. Marg now trims part time, as she completes her Masters of Social Work at the University of Tasmania. In 2017 she will be setting up an Equine Assisted Growth and Learning (EAGALA) business in the North West Coast.
Marg currently specializes in rehabilitation of foundered horses and veterinary assisted work, as well as offering consultation services.
She is a member of IICT (International Institute of Complimentary Therapists)
Qualifications & Experience
Bachelor of Behavioural Science, Cert IV Training and Assessing, Cert Equine Hoof Care, Cert Horticulture, Cert Quality Assurance trainer and assessor
2005 - Jeremy Ford AANHCP trimming clinics
2005 - Equethy trimming workshop WA
2006 - Pete Ramey AANHCP 2 day clinic
2006 - Bain Fallon Veterinary/Farriers 2 day Conference - Dr. Ric Redden
2000-2006 - Bain Fallon veterinary lectures
2007 - Co-Coordinator for Australia's first national qualification in Hoof Trimming Certificate
2007 to ongoing - Trainer and mentor with ACEHP - Certificate in Equine Hoof Care
2008 - Dr. Bob Bowker seminar
2009 - Professor Chris Pollitt Laminitis Lectures
2008 to ongoing - Member Australian Brumby Research Unit (Qld University) undertaking field trips and participating in research. www.wildhorseresearch.com
2011 - Organiser with Rebecca Scott - held Australia's first International hoof conference "The Functional Hoof" at Werribee, Victoria with 17 keynote speakers from around the world.
2012-2016 - Bachelor Behavioural Science - Utas
2015 - professional development with Garrett Ford CEO Easycare Inc - boot fitting
2016 - professional development HorseSA conference Equine Workplace Safety
2007-2016 (annual lectures) - professional development Lectures: Carol Layton Nutrition, Prof. Chris Pollitt, Animal Welfare RSPCA, Horsemanship with Carlos Tabernaberri, bodywork with Ken Green.
Other lectures and talks attended include - Katy Watts - http://www.safergrass.org/, Darryl Clifford (qld), Dr. Melanie Quick (field days)
2016 - Professional Development - Master Class and additional Pete Ramey Seminars - Canberra, Melbourne and Tasmania
February 2017 - Professional Development - Sharon May-Davis, Bio mechanics seminar
2017 ongoing - Masters in Social Work Utas
2017 - October 2017 - ECIR 3 day "No Laminitis" Conference - Tucson Arizona, United States (covering: Insulin Resistance, Cushing's Disease, Laminitis). www.ecirhorse.org/conference-press-releases.php
Nov 2017 - EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning) training
Dec 2017 - ACEHP Endorsed Brumby observation trip and collegial meeting - Victoria. In combination with Professor Chris Pollitt.