Common Hoof Pathologies
The angle of the dorsal wall is too steep, generally cause by a deviation of the deep digital flexor tendon. This particular case sustained an injury at birth causing his left fore to be boxy in shape. Reducing heel height would seem to be the best way to return to normal, however care must be taken. The tendon needs time to adjust and removing too much heel at once is likely to pull the tendon accessively - stopping the horse from loading the heels all together.
This horse was also a low grade laminitic, he was sensitive to any change in his diet or if i trimmed too much heel.
Once the owner had moved to her new yard, she set up a track system to reduce grass intake and increase movement.
He is now in full work, going to training sessions,fun rides and events completely barefoot.
Often found in shod horses that have had poor or incorrect stimulation to the back of the foot. The heels 'run-under' (hence the term) and become a more shallow angle than that of the dorsal wall. The heels are also too low and sometimes curl over the sole.
This mare has actually been barefoot all her life, but had been trimmed using a controversial method since a young age.
Underrun/low heels cause ground parrallel or even ground negative pedal bones and are often partnered with thin soles, flare walls and weak frogs /digital cushion.
After many years with this hoof 'conformation' the owner is relieved to see a change finally appearing. This mare's feet were (and continue to be) a real challenge to improve.
It wasn't just the trim method that helped, the owner exercised her in boots and pads to help develop the shock absorbers. Only recently the change was noticed and we strongly believe it was due to a liver detox supplement and sodium/potassium balancer. Supplied by Trinity Consultants.
Laminitis is the main cause of lameness in horses and ponies. It can be triggered by many things although its main source is from toxins in the body. Metabolic and hormonal imbalances also link to it (Equine Metabolic Syndrome/Cushings (PPID).
Many owners think of laminitis being the complete failure of the laminae and rotation and/or sinker of the pedal bone. This in itself is catastrophic but recoverable and many successes have been due to shoeless hoof care and rehabilitation.
However there are many subtle signs to note and take action for to prevent further development. Telling owners what to watch for can be significant in the horse's recovery and management.