A deep central sulcus infection, caused by insufficient stimulation of the frog and shock absorbers in the foot. If you don't use it, you lose it. This boy attained a suspensory injury in his previous eventing career and stopped putting much weight through the hoof. As the frog had not been receiving pressure, it started to atrophy and bacteria got in, eating away at the tissue. Concurrently, the heels start to come together and the frog turns in on itself creating a crevice between the heels. The danger here, is the potential for severe infection to the vulnerable digital cushion and sensitive structures. Fortunately this boy was sound. Shoes were removed, thorough cleaning and packing was undertaken plus recommendations for the owner to prevent further infection. Progress will be recorded.
The owner of this horse met a 'block in the road'. The farrier could not continue to put shoes on as the feet broke apart and in the end there was no wall to nail into. When I came out to see him, he was walking on his soles creating 'false sole'. There was literally nothing to trim, but he was sound in the paddock.
Three months on and the improvement is clear to see. The owner's commitment has resulted in a healthier and happier horse. She followed every piece of my advice and is now riding him in boots and even took him for a trip to the beach!
Shod to barefoot transition. The owner of this mare wanted my help after concerns about hoof health and shape. The mare also continued to slip and fall on the yard on a regular basis. After a thorough discussion and pros and cons, the owner decided she would like to remove the shoes and begin the barefoot process. There are several imbalances within the hooves and nutritional deficiencies to address. I look forward to recording her progress.
I first met Storm back in August when she had recently come out of shoes. She had sustained a tendon injury and it was advised she was given 6 weeks off work. Her owner decided this would be a good time to take her shoes off. It soon came to light that Storm had severe inflammation and possible laminitis as she was incredibly foot sore with swollen coronets and strong digital pulses. There was very little to trim so I gave the owner advice on what to do and it was followed to a tee.
Nearly four months on and the improvement is clear to see. There is still some mild white line disease and flare but they are on the right track. From being barely able to walk to now being ridden every day in boots (once a week without) Storm is going from strength to strength. All thanks to her owners commitment and dedication.