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Owner and Hoofcare provider  Obligation:

 

After trimming a hoof that has been long for quite sometime,  your

 horse has been in an  unbalanced state, your horse is not using 

his/her muscles as they were designed to do and that is carry his

weight properly. When your horse is walked out he will be “feeling”

 the ground for maybe the first time in many months. However, it

shouldn’t last long IF there are not long standing pathologies of the

hoof.

Here is the key: if the hooves have little damage, the horse will not be

sore, because there is no reason to be sore. If the hooves have great

damage, he will now feel this damage. It is as simple as that.

 

Muscles will be moving differently, ligaments and tendons will have

been strained and are also moving differently that to which the horse

is accustomed.  Horses that have gone for an extreme period of time

without trim care will be more tender and sensitive than ones who

 have had regular “farrier” care because more than likely than not,

 they will be experiencing not only the changes in movement and

“feel” with their new hoof form but also discomfort or downright

pain from stretched white lines, thrush, forming abscesses or other

painful situations that arise from lack of care. 

 

There also may be a need for chiropractic work and massage work to

be done on your horse that may have suffered chronic imbalances of

the hooves over the years that have been subsequently misaligned the

 spinal processes and or strained muscles, ligaments and tendons.

These all surely affect the horse’s way of going and his comfort level

both at work and at rest.

 

You as the owner have an obligation to the horse to make him/her

comfortable after the trim due to very long hoof walls. The best thing

you can do for your horse is to get him some boots and pads to ensure

 the most movement as possible on firm, hard ground. Walks in hand,

down smooth roads. Stay off gravel and stoney areas until the hooves

have had a chance to callous and grow at least 4 months or more. The

 more movement, the better.  If possible, ride your horse in boots as

much as you can. You will be amazed at the difference in just a couple

of months

 

You as the owner promise not to run you horse hard over rocky terrain

 until your horse is in shape. You further promise to build your horse

 up slow. If your horse has flat feet and is run over rocky terrain I can

guarantee that your horse will come up sore and possibly lame. This is

 not fair to your horse or your trimmer.

 

Flares and Founder is the same thing, when your hoof wall has been

 used as the bearing surface to walk on for many months, your horse is

 tearing his /her hoof wall away from the lamina. His muscles in his

 body are also compensating for this as well. This tearing causes a

 great deal of pain. Each horse is different and some will tolerate more

pain then others. Think of yourself when you have torn your finger

 nail back. This is the same as what a horse experiences, you as a

human can fix it by clipping the nail or by a band aid and the horse

depends on you to do right.  I try very hard to be conservative in the

first trim so you and your horse can pretty much go on with your life

as usual. But again, I can’t promise you that your horse won’t be sore

either after his or her initial trim. If your horse has not been balanced

and leveled for a long time then it may be awhile before your horse

will be comfortable in his new hooves. If your previous hoofcare

 person/farrier has continually pared into the live sole then,

unfortunately, I can tell you that your horse will most likely be pretty

tender footed for awhile. I will NEVER “carve out concavity”; the

 hoof is perfectly and adequately equipped to form its own concavity as

 it should be when the hooves are functioning correctly as the new

hoof is growing down to ground level. Boots will help with this and

 all the walking on hard firm surfaces will increase the speed of

recovery almost exponentially. Much of your horse’s recovery is in

YOUR hands. I merely set it up so healing can occur.  

 

Flares can be rectified, (flairs are indications /symptoms of stretched

and separated white line-that connectivity between hoof and bone)

when adequate time is allowed for recuperation and transitional stage

 as discussed with the hoofcare provider. "Flare" and "stretched white

 line" are the same thing. The lamina is what holds the hoof capsule

onto the inner foot/bone. When that lamina is damaged the inner

 structure of the hoof is also compromised. Stretched and/or separated

white line tells us that the lamina has been torn.

 

 

 It is up to the owner to see that the horse has proper scheduled trims

 to help in the removal of the flairs. The owner’s obligation is to have

 2 to 4 week trims depending on the severity of the flair(s), on healthy

 hooves no longer then 4 weeks. Your hoofcare provider will discuss

 this with you.  In the winter months since the hoof grows at a slower

rate then 5 to 6 weeks is allowable. This of course is all dependent on

how fast the hoof grows.

 

Some hooves may never be fully “recovered” from a chronic or acute

hoof condition depending on the type and severity of the condition.

Irreparable damage may have occurred in the bones and joints due to

 previous hoof care or injuries that are beyond the natural restoration

realm. This sometimes is not a foreseeable state and is only determined

after a healthy full hoof-growth cycle of up to a year.

 

Before beginning the trim, I will do an assessment on your horse, I’ll

watch how your horse moves, and I’ll see how he looks while standing

square. I’ll take photos and make comments along the way.

Horseowner's feedback and constant communication are crucial

throughout the transition to hoof health.

 

My prime objective is to the horse  of course, tend to the hooves but at

the same time see to it that all attending, including the horse remain

safe.

 

The hoofcare provider’s policy is, If the owner refuses to schedule trims

 then please call a professional farrier for the normal 8 to 9 week trims.

 My first obligation is to the horse!

You also agree that I may use the pictures on my web site for

educational purposes.  

I reserve the right to add a “difficult handling” charge on top of the

 regular fee.

 

 

Initial set up trim 55.00

4 week trims 45.00

 

Suggested Reading

 

No Hoof No Horse –Excellent book on Balance, muscles and hooves

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