case: WLD – White Line Disease

case: club foot

This 5-year old gelding was bought 2 years ago with healthy hooves (with veterinary examination and x-ray images). Then various farriers had produced this club foot… Now, only 2 weeks after my first trim, we see the first amazing results.

The same horse, the same hoof – after only 4 month:club foot: progress after only 4 month

case: quarter crack

quarter crack, 4 weeks gone between

A severe hoof wall crack! The 2. picture shows that the gap is closing (from the coronary band) – after only ONE MONTH orthopedic hoof treatment, and without shoeing.

case: arthritis

This picture shows the partly abrasion caused by arthritis a hint hoof. On the right: improvement after ONE (!) trim

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease. The breakdown of the joint cartilage leads to pain and paralysis, and just as we humans feels the horse to osteoarthritis especially in cold and wet weather. It is not possible to heal osteoarthritis, but it is possible to treat osteoarthritis in different ways and thus stop or slow down the course of the disease.

There are various types of osteoarthritis: idiopathic generalized osteoarthritis, post-traumatic osteoarthritis and deforming osteoarthritis. The idiopathic arthrosis is most common and affects the aging of the horses. The posttraumatic arthritis affects an individual joint as a result of an injury. For example, the deforming arthrosis of a horse can be called a splash and then occurs in the sliding guide of the rabbit. This type of osteoarthritis is caused by over-stress.

There are many types of osteoarthritis in horses and as many ways to treat them. If a horse is tackled by osteoarthritis, the hooves often show a partial abrasion. My work involves reducing pain and increasing the horse’s ability to move.

case: thrush and hoof canker

after 8 weeks: wider hoof and less thrush

Long during foulness/thrush in the frog will end in hoof cancer! The sensitive sole is also affected. The 2nd picture was taken during treatment and shows allready an improvement after just 2 month of my orthopedic treatment. The hoof is wider and the bars are not wedged any longer.

case: underrun heels

16y old Arabian gelding in may 2010

Look and compare following points with the next picture:
– underrun heels
positioning of front legs
– the buck-kneed carpus
– swollen flexor tendons on frontlegs
– conformation of back and the missing muscles behind the withers
– the ewe neck with stiff lower neck muscles
– position of hindlegs, cow-hocked and toes out
– this horse is not able to carry weight in balance under his body
– last but not least: the unlucky face… his nostrils, mouth and eyes telling about the long during pain

Same gelding in november 2010

Look and compare… and see a smiling horse!
ALL points are improved by short period continious hoof orthopedic work!

case: long period bad shoeing

Then and now – after 7 months orthopedic barefoot trimming:
Long time shoeing and wrong angles reduced the blood circulation in his feets. Those hoofes are growing very slowly – only about 5mm a month. But even small steps gather to great advances. Can’t you see him smile?

case: founder

Yes, it’s still the same hoof after 6 weeks, but a new horse with a lot of power 🙂

Work in progress: Only 6 weeks in between those images of a front hoof. This horse suffered too long by a former laminitis and false work of various veterinarians and farriers. My opinion is that such long walls are triggering “founder”. Now he’s able to be ridden again, which is something his owner honestly never thought would happen…