Well, a few moons ago when I was spending my life bombing around the south west of the UK, visiting my lovely clients with their barefoot horses, we would chat whilst I trimmed, and one of the things I began to realise was that they were so happy I was there…not just to trim their horse but for someone they could chat to who was also a barefoot nut like them. They were often bereft of someone to talk to, or resonate with, or gush to about the trials and tribulations of their barefoot adventure…and this made many of them isolated and feeling alone.
It got me thinking during the many hours I spent in my Hoofing van in between visits…what if I could start to bring together all my clients so they could connect with each other? So I started our own private Facebook group. But, people are often fairly shy, and they didn’t always have the nerve to put up posts, and posts aren’t long enough to really tell people about your journey!
So, I began to jot down stories and I would send out a newsletter every month to all my clients, telling them about other owners just like them. My clients loved it and they started to feel more connected, stronger and more positive about owning their barefoot horse.
Then one mad client said “Hey Lindsay, you know what we need….we need a magazine all about barefoot horses…I’ve given up reading all those horsey mags that are out there because there’s really nothing in there for me and my barefoot horse!”
NO WAY was my knee jerk reaction – me running a magazine? What do I know about magazines? Besides I am WAY too busy looking after all you guys and trimming your horses to go starting up a mag….
….but alas, I couldn’t get the thought out of my head….and so it began.
That was 20 issues ago, and we’ve grown and grown. We started as a digital online edition initially but so many wanted to read it in print that we started publishing the printed mags from Issue 6 and they became so popular that the printed editions are now shipped all over the world.
I remember how excited we were when the very first printed mags arrived at my house. My kids ripped open the box (yes just ONE box back then!) and the first thing my Mum said was “Oh, it’s actually like a real magazine!” Ha! For those of you who know me, it was never going to be some flimsy pamphlet, nope this mag had to be awesome from the start or not printed at all!
We’ve had lots of ups and downs over the years as many of our loyal followers know, particularly lately with changing our data systems and updating our website, but we are now more popular than ever. Our print runs have got bigger and bigger and our hoof print on the equine world, which was once Shetland sized, is now heading towards full grown Cob….maybe we’ll reach a Clydesdale one of these days!!
Thanks to all of you who keep on supporting us and a message to all of you who haven’t made that extra step to become a subscriber yet…this mag is for you, it’s a mag you can call your own…because nobody understands about being a barefoot horse owner better than all of us.
So, if you haven’t subscribed already, check out this little vid I put together for newbies to the mag….and perhaps those that need a little nudge to get this mag into their lives and on their coffee tables (or to waft in front of your non barefoot horsey friend or vet). You and your horse won’t ever regret it!
This is the one and only Barefoot Horse Magazine!
Lindsay, The Editor ❤️