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Meet True North's Associates

Here at True North Equine we strive to help your horse live a happy healthy life.  In order to accomplish this goal, we believe team work is the key.  We have several associates that help us achieve our goal.  Whether it is farrier work, dentistry, massage, energy work, and more!  True North and their associates work together on many cases.  Here are a few biography's on some of our team!

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Big Strides Hoof Care is a mobile farrier service serving Fauquier County, VA and surrounding counties. With individualized trimming/casting/booting or composite (glue-on) shoeing, achieving healthy hoof function and an overall healthy way of going is emphasized; with a special interest in working with equines who are predisposed to or have experienced episodes of laminitis.

After attending Mission Farrier School in 2018 (Snohomish, WA) and then returning to the East Coast, an ongoing commitment to learning via mentorship and continuing education opportunities remains integral to meet the needs of each equine.

By working collaboratively with other equine practitioners and also the sharing of hoof knowledge with equine owners, the goal is a team based approach to ensure the overall health and well being of our equine friends.



Stephanie Carter, FNTP

Indigo Ancestral Health takes a nutrient dense, whole foods approach to support all life stages of both equine and companion animals. Through the use of holistic modalities, we work to identify the root cause of disease, meeting the bio-individual requirements of each client, and enabling their bodies to heal themselves.

For additional information please visit or contact directly:​

Indigo Ancestral Health


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Krystin was born with horses in her back yard and has been a life long equestrian. She grew up eventing and managing barns. In high school she became interested in Equine dentistry as a carrier but ran into conflicting information on how the achieve this goal. So she chose to attend the dental assisting program offered in High school. This lead to a 13yr carrier, as an certified dental assistant and kick started her knowledge of dentition and the TMJ. Eventually she was able to apply this knowledge to the horse, when she found a dental school, with a paradigm she believed in.


It was in 2004 when Krystin started pursuing her path in Equine dentistry and became certified as a Natural Balance Dentist in 2006. She held her certification in Natural Balance Equine dentistry until 2011. It was then when she had to make the hard decision to attend a state approved continuing education program, to maintain her Virginia and Texas equine dental licenses. However, she still follows the basic paradigm of the natural balance dentist.

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Dana Hall was born and raised in Michigan, the only horse lover in her family. Though she started with dressage at age six, she was always a cowgirl at heart. After graduating from Michigan State University, she moved to Las Vegas and began what would turn into years working in photography, public relations, event planning, sponsorship relations and marketing which eventually landed her in North Carolina, and most recently Virginia. 

While she will tell you each of her horses took her further down the path toward becoming a farrier, it was her mare, Millie- a Quarter Horse with chronic, mechanical laminitis- that sent her to Mission Farrier School. 

What started as a desire to care for her own horses, has turned into a passion for helping horses and their people. 

Dana is an Accredited Professional Farrier (APF) in the International Association of Professional Farriers, and Live Sole Hoof Mapping certified (LSHMC), a Certified Barefoot Trimmer (CBT), and Certified Farrier Practitioner (CFP) through the Equine Lamness Prevention Organization.  She is also a graduate of the Heartland Horseshoeing Blacksmithing Course as well as an EasyCare Dealer. 

Adept at working with steel, aluminum, and composites, she can also build custom therapeutic packages, all of which can be applied by nail, glue, casting, or any combination thereof. 

When not working, Dana can be found enjoying cowboy mounted shooting, barrel racing, shooting sporting clays, reading or learning something new. To read more about Dana and how she might be able to help your horse, visit:

Myles Hopton, EqDT

I have been involved with horses since the age of 10, and have 15 years of experience working with horses in the show jumping arena. For eight of those years, I worked for a professional show jumper, traveling worldwide to shows and providing for the care and needs of his horses, both at home and on the road. 

                                                I have learned a great deal through my experiences and developed a skill for                                                      working well with many different kinds of horses. My goal is to enhance the                                                        well-being of horses and offer quality services to the equine world as an                                                                equine dental technician.

                                                I am a graduate of the American School of Equine Dentistry, and a certified                                                        member of the Equine Dental Providers of America.

                                                After attending the American School of Equine Dentistry, and through                                                                  working with many vets and equine dentists, I have seen marked                                                                               improvement  in the rideability, performance and overall well-being in horses                                                  who have received quality dental care.

                                                A large amount of my work is done with hand tools, but also power tools when                                                   required, using the latest state-of-the-art equipment. I do the majority of my                                                    work on horse’s un-sedated, working with a veterinarian when sedation is                                                             required.

I am committed to excellence and to helping horses attain their optimum level of comfort, enabling them to reach their peak performance and to satisfy the owner's needs. I treat every horse with extreme care and respect and provide the owner with understanding of what we are trying to achieve.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 540-454-6053 or email me at


Mike Jarvis - Voltaire Saddles

Saddle Specialist based in Fredrick MD at Highgarden farm with

his family, serves MD and Northern Virginia. 

Balance is very important -  Mike loves working with the horses and

riders to find balance for both in the saddle to optimize performance.      cell 240-440-3868


Marcia Rosenberger - Animal Communicator

How animal communication helps

Despite our best efforts, sometimes the health and behavior of our horses leaves us confused and frustrated.  It seems like every step in equine training and care involves a million decisions that leave us wondering; did it work, is it worth it?  Animal communication can shorten this process by giving us feedback directly from the horse.  Better yet, communicating with your horse is the fastest way to improve your relationship.

How animal communication assists our veterinarians

Animal communication never replaces good veterinary care, rather it helps you find the pain.  Marcia tells you how the situation feels to your horse.  She will work with you or the vet and describe the specific nature of the problem.

For example, when you ask why my horse won’t eat, he could have pain in his teeth or stomach, smell something odd in his food, or be depressed. With this knowledge, you and your vet can decide which steps to take.

A Certified Reiki Master and professional animal communicator,  Marcia is also trained in holistic natural horseman techniques to help develop a positive working relationship between horse and owner.  Communicating with animals since childhood, Marcia took time out to pursue degrees and work in Veterinary Technology, Molecular Biology, Technical and Science Communication, and a teaching certificate before returning to her first love, animal communication.

Marcia using animal communication and energy work to assist Dr. Ann-Marie Hancock as she makes osteopathic adjustments.

Patrice Sager - Thorne Bottom Farm LLC

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Patrice Sager, AHA, PHC, NRC Plus


In addition to Patrice’s 15+ years as an AHA/PHCP* professionally certified hoof care provider; 6+ years as a dairy goat owner/production operator; through much study; and with a passion for nutritional health, she developed K.I.S.Trace and Ru-Min Pro.

*American Hoof Association and Progressive Hoof Care Practitioner and Mentor

To learn more or purchase K.I.S. Trace please go to the website below


We believe that nutrition and mineral balance are the foundations from which healing begins. Our Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (FNTP) oversees all nutrition regimes, physical therapy, and turnout. We work directly with the True North Equine veterinarians to provide the best of conventional and holistic modalities, as well as innovative farriers, to develop a therapeutic program that fits the bio-individual requirements of your horse.


Our nutrition based rehabilitation program is specifically designed to accelerate your horse’s healing while fueling their body to regain optimal health. Our physical therapy program emphasizes using the natural biomechanics of the horse to increase stamina and strength, slowly and correctly, in order to reduce re-injury and increase long-term soundness. Our wellness team is well versed in all aspects of equine health, and is dedicated to exceptional care and supporting the healing process of each horse in the program. 


Whether your needs are lay-up post injury or surgery, let down after a competitive season, laminitis or Cushing's management, to heal from chronic ulcers, allergies, lameness, Lyme disease, or any other aliment, our program can help you get the results that are essential to you and your horse.

The Village Backsmith - Wellness Shoppe 

Addy Melvin runs the - Wellness Shoppe of The Village Backsmith. 

The Wellness Shoppe carries many natural and homeopathic remedies that we highly recommend. 

Located conveniently in down town Middleburg, VA 


                                                                    Dr. L. Andrew Smith, DC is a chiropractor and Active Release                                                                      Techniques (ART) specialist in private practice. Dr. Smith's                                                                          27-year career is anchored in interventional soft-tissue cases,                                                                      work and study. He helps athletes of all ages and levels,                                                                                  including Olympic and professional, reach their full                                                                                        potential utilizing a growing arsenal of myofascial release                                                                            tools, techniques and ideas inspired by his core work in ART,                                                                      Graston, Travell Trigger Point Therapy and traditional                                                                                   osseous manipulation.

                                                                    Since 2011, the horses have been whispering ideas to him,                                                                              teaching him more efficient and effective approaches to the                                                                          angles of myofascial release, with exciting results for his                                                                                human and equine clients.

direct 941-258-1117           office 540-687-5453

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