Pre and post trim photos
Gem - Welsh A pony
Gem has incredibly healthy feet which is why I have used one of the photos as my website and facebook page heading.
Through careful management and balanced trimming, she can easily canter over the stone (shown in the picture) with no thought or issue.
Dallas - Welsh X
This mare demonstrates the potential pitfalls that can occur when these type of hooves become over grown. Long toes and low heels are a common feature among the welsh breed. To combat this, I had to bring the toes back and rebalance the heels to the correct position. Now luckily this mare was no where near any problems but better to apply preventative measures. She also had some mild thrush present on all four frogs to which I had gave the owner reccomendations for this.
The growth rings (the ridge approximately half way down) depicts an event which occured around 3 months ago. After discussion with the owner, we came to the conclusion that this was due to moving Dallas from box rest to pasture (haylage to grass).
Moshi - Welsh X
Tara - Connemara x sport horse
Tara's hooves had become very overgrown and severly flared but she was sound and showed no other symptoms of potential laminitis.
The growth rings were formed very recently and the owner confirmed a change in fields from winter to summer pasture.
Over the next few trim cycles Tara's hooves will become more uniform in shape.
A 3 year old mare whose hooves had not been trimmed for atleast 6 months due to owner's injury.
Moshi was incredibly sound trotting through the yard before and after the trim.
Sonnie - Welsh X arab
Sonnie's feet reflected his hard work load. Although his toes were too long, he had worn down his heels from hacking on the roads and abrasive surfaces.
He had not been trimmed for 6 months but from consistent movement on the roads, his feet would have been a lot longer!
As with Moshi, Sonnie's part welsh genes cause him to fall into the long toe/low heel category. But from corrective trimming, there was an immediate improvement.
Sonnie was also very sound trotting through the yard before and after the trim.
These photos represent Tank's first visit. The owner decided to go the barefoot route as Tank detested having his feet done by the farrier. He has an injury to his suspensory ligament and due to this, he couldn't cope with the traditional farrier holds. Tank had his shoes removed and it is clear to see he didn't have much foot left. He is retired so his owner thought it best to leave the shoes off, then she called me. I am really looking forward to Tank's progress, he is more than happy for me to trim as I offer many types of hold and the cradle for him to rest his leg on. He now loves his pedicures.