Examples of improving a horse's foot

Ellie - These improvements are from increasing the frequency of trim from two week intervals to one week intervals 
      - this transition is ongoing.

The first four photos are from before the transition.

January 2012






In the above photo notice the under run heels, the elongated frog, and contracted heel bulbs.
    




   The above photo shows the same foot several months later where the corrections have been made by proper weekly trims. The owner has learned to maintain these corrections.

You can see black shading showing the  areas of load bearing from standing on black mats.





The above photo is after transition.



In the above photo the unlevel hairline is an indication of the uneven growth of the hoof.

The photo to the right shows the same foot several months later where the uneveness has been corrected by proper weekly trims. The owner has learned to maintain these corrections.




The above photo shows a longer toe with a slightly incorrect hoof pastern axis.

The photo on the right shows a more correct toe length and hoof pastern axis. These corrections were made over several months of weekly trims.  

 
 

post trim - April 2012

 
 

Taken 07/2012




Tux

Exposing live sole with two-week trim intervals and agregate footing


This hoof has been poorly managed for several months. This photo was taken after two two-week trims, and there is still a lot of work necesary to correct the damage.  Notice the lack of definition in the tip of the frog, the overgrown bars and frog, the wall seperation in the toe pillar, and the retained sole.  On the right you can see a small part of the true sole starting to re-emerge.


The above is pre-trim

The above is Post-trim


           


 

These improvements were made in 3 trims, at 2 week intervals with a change of footing from hard dirt to chat (1/8" stone particulate) in a 16' x 16' box stall with minimum turnout.


Our Philosophy

Horses feet have evolved over millions of years to be a regenerative system. Constant movement over varied terrain maintains the balance of growth vs. wear, step for step. The result is an amazing hoof comprised of:

- super structures that thrive on use.
- Hoof function with an efficient break over
- and the ability to withstand and dissipate concussive forces with a heel first impact (this allows the horse to use his weight for him instead of against him. )

The current more traditional system for domestic horses is a degenerative system where there is minimal movement in a small damp stall, infrequent trimming schedules and/ or prosthetic devices nailed to their feet.

This results in the horse crushing his feet under his own weight. I believe horses were designed to have sustainable feet for their lifetime. I feel that we are responsible as the horse's caretakers to protect the natural wonder, the horse's hoof, that nature has provided for them.

Our Goal

To encourage the mustang foot on the domestic horse through proper trimming and care. The best foot your horse can have.

AND

To teach you how to manage risk in your horse or herd through lameness prevention and sound management practices, specifically focusing on hooves, through movement, footing, balanced trimming and diet.

Services include:

- Assessment

- Consultation

- Trimming

- Booting

- Footing

- Clinics

- Personal Lessons

- Horsemanship Training

- Lameness Prevention

- Rehabilitation

- Facilities Design

and Development