HealthyHoof.com Case Study Summary Page


These case studies are primarily horses that I trim, but many are also trimmed by their owners and by other farrier's and barefoot trimmers. Some horses have passed on, but they leave stories behind to tell us who they were, they leave their foot prints here, very literally.

What I'm attempting to document is the beauty and resilience of the natural hoof. Many of the pictures show feet in transition, feet becoming sound.

It's my job to help the horse by restoring balance to the hoof capsule, and that it's the horses job to turn that shell into something he can run on,
barefoot, for miles. I take the place of rocks, sand, time and miles... I wear the exterior of the hoof the way a horse would if he was free to go wherever
he wanted. I read the hoof and do what it tells me needs to be done, and no more.

Please feel free to contact me about specific details or with questions. Linda healthyhoof@comcast.net


Name, Date Started

Description, Approx. Age & Occupation

Ever
Shod?

Breed

Good Barefoot
Candidate?

Soundness Notes

Ace, TW 10/4/05 Trail Horse, teenager Yes Tennessee Walker No Shod in Natural Balance with wedge pads; had under run heels & long toes
Ace, QH 10/4/05 Trail Horse, teenager Yes Quarter Horse No Shod for at least 8 years. Had tall heels and contracted feet
AlEclipse,
7/ 2005
Top Ten Endurance Horse Yes Arab No I trimmed Al a few timesa while he was recuperationg from a suspensory injury. Interesting look at why horses break down
Athena 11/2005 Endurance prospect, 4 YO No Arab Yes Club Foot and thrush
Azure, 1/2007 Retired teenager yes Akhl Teke No Was in constant pain from navicular and was scheduled to be put down; a remarkable turn-around.
Baby! 6/2005 Trail Horse, 7 YO Yes Arab/QH Yes Naturally nice feet
Butter, 2/2005 Broodmare
rescue
yes TB yes

Significant thrush. lost the entire quarter on one foot and the
bar grew in to support that side of the hoof.

BC, 8/2005 OTTB / Dressage Yes TB (off track) No TB feet, chronic unsoundness, multiple track related injuries
Breeze,space9/2005 Trail Horse Yes Arab No Jarring gaits , wry foot.
Cagey, 6/2005 Trail Horse Yes Arab Yes Perfect feet - a real Gravel Cruncher!
Cherokee, 7/2006 Trail Horse Yes Appy Yes Was flat soled barefoot until a bevel; got good concavity in the first month. Example of the power of the bevelled wall at the bottom
Cobre, 9/2005 Trail Horse Yes Paso Yes Great looking feet on a small horse. He naturally wears his toes so that they have a full rocker.

Dali, 8/2005

Trail Horse Yes Saddlebred No Perfect feet now - were horrible

Desi, 10/2005

Trail Horse Yes QH No Marginally sound before shoes came off, now very sound
Durango, 2/2006 Trail Horse Yes Appy No Lives in a paddock with pea gravel and rarely needs trimming! Passive Conditioning testimonial
Ebony, 11/2005 Trail Horse Yes Mustang Yes Perfect mustang feet
Eli,  4/2006 Trail / Endurance NO! Arab Yes Was Strasser trimmed and as a result his coffin bones dropped. This is a testimonial to Less-Is-More trimming. X-rays included to show 6mm sole thickness after invasive trimming, Had perfect feet until his feet were trimmed too thin. Is now back to having perfect feet.
Emmett,  8/2005 Lesson Horse / Trail Horse Yes TB No Pictures of shedding false sole due to solar abscess. Was chronically lame for years, has perfect feet now.

Fancy, 10/2005

Postscript

Trail Horse Yes Arab No Founder that was initially misdiagnosed as contracted heels. THIS is a real horror story that illustrates how little our vets really understand about laminitis and founder.... this mare had separation at the corronet band, a founder stance, was on a green pasture, and her vet mis-diagnosed her lameness
Granddar, 10/4/05 Trail Horse Yes Arab No Chronic Side bone, needed wedges and pads

Guy
1/23/06

Dressage Yes Lippizaner yes Guy had long toes and poor self carriage in shoes, with the remarkable transition to short toes caught by the camera...
Jazz, 2/2005 Trail Horse Yes TB No Had soft weak "Mushroom Feet" TB feet and was the butt of his vet and farriers jokes,became a gravel cruncher
Leaguer 1/2006 Trail Horse Yes QH No Navicular, needed 4 degree wedges and pads; became sound and his amazed vet was unable to find signs of navicular on his latest x-rays.
Lucas, 3/2006
Trail Horse / Dressage / Pet Yes TB (off track) No

Was unsound in shoes and had extremely weak and sore feet complicated by bad knees and thrush; a "can't go barefoot" horse.  He had thrush all through his transition and eventually that got to his knees and his owner reshod him. He also had chronic ulcers. Now? We know that the best way to fight thrush is through diet.

Lyrical Hal,  1979 A Memorial Yes Standardbred Yes A memorial, a wonderful partnership...
Maple, 10/2005 Trail Horse No PMU Yes Perfect feet
Nasty A Memorial Yes QH Yes A memorial to the most special horse of a very,very special friend... Nasty had Cushing's, and trained Kathleen to reach out and help hundreds of other horses...
Nicky, 6/2005 Pasture Pet, 30+ YO No Arab Yes Perfect feet; see what 30-something legs look like when the feet have been kept balanced for a horses lifetime.
Nipper, 3/2006
Western Sport Horse Yes Q?H No

Nipper has a severe wall crack from a coronet injury, and started out with extremely contracted heels, Wry feet, horrible thrush, high heels, long toes and needed LOTS of body work for an assortment of old injurries.There are great examples of Wry feet, flare, wall cracks and contracted heels on these pages.

Nippers diet remained uncontrolled and her weight, to me, looked at least 100 pounds to high, I suspected that she had IR, she had seasonal abscesses and tenderness when her paddock of stressed grass was at its peak. At 5 years, to the day, Nippers owner finally opted for shoes. I encouraged it because pain is never the best choice, A strict diet and dry lot would have worked just as well! Her frogs never got nice, and I think that diet was part of the reason.

Piper, 6/2005 Dressage
Yes Swedish WB No WB Gelding that had a very hard transition because his soles were too thin when I pulled his shoes. Compared to what I do now, this was an invasive trim because I removed bar and trimmed the wall shorter than I do now.
Promise  10/2005 Western Sport Horse
Yes QH No GREAT illustrations of what toe-first movement vs correct looks like! Make sure to check out both pages! Also great pictures of contracted heels and Wry foot shape. Promise is a paint mare with tiny feet, very high heels and very rough gaits; long inside walls behind triggered stifle and hock symptoms; contracted heels, small feet
Rio 10/4/05 Dressage Yes TB No TB feet, needed wedges and pads
Robby Trail Horse Yes Arab Yes Perfect feet - a Gravel Cruncher!
Robo A Memorial Yes TB (off track) ?? Great memorial to an OTB with awesome feet and great heart...
Samson, 11/2005
Trail Horse / Western Sport Horse Yes QH No

Navicular, needed wedges and pads. Had wry feet as a
result of long term thrush that went undetected until the vet took X-Rays. Samsons x-ray page shows the effect of long term weighting the outside walls or "Wry Foot" stance; the coffin bone remodels.

Scout 11/2005 Trail Horse, Aged Yes QH No Extreme, Navicular, needed wedges and pads
Shiraz 11/2005 Trail Horse Yes Arab No Extreme imbalance, thin soles and flare
Sonny 12/2006 Trail Horse Yes QH no

Fantastic turnaround from platter-flat feet with no concavity to a Gravel Cruncher.

Stella A Memorial Yes Saddlebred No This mare never, ever stopped moving until she died...
Stretch 10/4/05 Trail Horse Yes Foxtrotter No Wobbled when he walked, unstable behind. Hock & stifle problems , needed wedges
and pads
           
Tinker Trail Horse,
18 YO
No Welsh Pony Yes Perfect feet
Verso,2013 Dressage Horse yes Andelusian Stallion yes

Verso Top Page

05/16/2013

06/21/2013

08/13/2013

Wink, 2006 Dressage / Trail Horse Yes Hanoverian No In process rehab of a mare that had "Seasonal Unsoundness"; in her case it was
probably a very subtle case of Thrush and Laminitis.
Zoe Broodmare Yes TB (off track) No

Zoe had been lame for years; her underlying problem was sub-solar abscessing that was a result of either environmentally induced injury or Cushing's... we'll never know the real cause. Good picture of false sole dur to a solar abscess