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Thursday, 14 June 2012

Common Sense

Couldn't help but notice a horse with extraordinarily oval feet.  Extensive lamellar wedge (stretched white line) poking out over the toe of each shoe.  No outer hoof wall at distal point of hoof.  My big ears overheard the BHS Instructor who is the horse's owner commenting:

"The farrier says he's laminitic, but his feet have always been like that."

Well that's all right then.......................................  (not).

Contrasted with carer for this horse who was being reassured that all was ok - but who despite being a novice decided to to their own thinking and research.

RF Eggbar prescribed for heel shear.
NB contraction, prolapsed frog which
doesn't reach the floor.   Uneven heel

Tall foot had eggbar, other foot shod plain. Horse tripped
badly to point of falling

NB front leg stance.

Qualifications count for nought if they fly in the face of common sense.


Shirley said...

Even amongst barefoot hoof providers it pays for the average horse owner to educate oneself. My former provider took one of my horses from nice round feet to long toed, pointy/oval feet in less than a year.

Anonymous said...

oh my god so is this horse still walking around like this?

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