“I have known Zak Franklin for 14 years and within that time he has been my sole go to for trimming my horses. I have always found Zak to be very reliable, honest and most importantly his experience and manners with in articular my young horses, from first timers to yearlings, second to none. I would not have anyone else deal with my horses as its just too important to me to have the right person with the correct attitude and experience trimming them. I would highly recommend Zak to anyone who realises the importance of having their horses feet done correctly and in a kind and professional manner. He is the best.”
Jane Howard. Helensville, New Zealand
“Zak is an excellent trimmer with a huge understanding of the hoof and has years of experience in all aspects of ethical horse care and training.Having seen and experienced first hand Zaks trimming and his own barefoot Thoroughbred racehorses magnificent health and vitality I would not hesitate to recommend Zak to any potential client.”
Tessa van Tuil, FOOTWORK (15yrs + Barefoot trimming). Auckland,
“Zak has been trimming our horses for 4 years, he is very experienced and passionate about what he does. He is patient and always makes the effort to work with my horses instead of against them, even if they are having a bad day. He has also trained two of our babies on getting their nails done, both of which are beautifully behaved now. We unfortunately had a sick foal that once well decided to grow at a great rate of knots, this created an issue with very crooked front legs and a boxy front feet. Once her legs were medically straightened as much as they could be, Zak began the long road to repairing her feet and finishing off the straightening process. I can’t tell you how much she has improved, her feet are near perfect and her crookedness is barely legible. She is currently being started under saddle and looking forward to a successful Eventing career. Please see before and after pic’s.
Our pony after being retired, had terrible problems with abscesses and hoof separation, I was then having to get shoes on him every winter until I had Zak trim him routinely. He has not been unsound a day in the last 3 ½ years. All the horses love him and this is very important for me as an owner. Zak strives for excellence and always has the animals’ best interest at heart. I highly recommend Zak to anyone looking for a high quality barefoot trim.”
Krista Treneary. Auckland, New Zealand.
“As a former Thoroughbred breeder and race horse owner I employed Zak, not only as my farrier, but also as my joint trainer. At all times Zak has shown a high level of expertise and professionalism, possessing great skill and ability in attending to my horses. Therefore I can strongly recommend Zak as a first class farrier and horse handler following my personal experience of his work for me over the past ten years or so.”
Donald Martin. BVsc., ND. (Retired Veterinarian). Auckland,New Zealand.
“Zak Franklin has been a farrier to our family of retired race horses for the past ten years. During this time we have known Zak to be reliable, professional and above all a fantastic gentle horseman. His natural quiet ability with horses is amazing. We highly recommend you use his farrier skills.”
Anna and Neil Adams. Auckland, New Zealand.