I am sure last night's phone caller won't mind me sharing the anonymised and paraphrased content of our conversation and some of the relevant background. Just to give everyone a bit of inspiration and some food for thought maybe.
Caller started the 'barefoot diet' just five weeks ago and to her complete joy (and much excitement) her horse can now manage a tricky concrete and stones track that he has always had trouble negotiating before he started the diet.
The background is this:- Met caller some five weeks ago. Horse had been shod for some five years. First shoeing was on vet recommendation because the horse had gone footy in the late spring/early summer. (Yes I know what you are thinking!)
Owner not terribly chuffed as had been determined to keep horse barefoot, but was persuaded that this was the best and only option. No mention of diet or low grade lamintis was made.
So five years on and some unfortunately damaged hooves and the horse is still not comfortable over stones. Just five weeks on the 'barefoot diet' and he is transformed.
The good news is that now the owner knows what is needed and can manage her horse accordingly. It only took five weeks to transform this horse, but it might take a little longer for the frustration of the 'wasted years' ( owners words not mine), to ebb away.
Big hugs to them both.
Oh and to misquote Dr Kellon, 'Halfway measures lead to halfway results." This owner has followed instructions to the letter, including instituting an exercise programme to help manage the horse's weight.