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I’m often asked what trim I use.  The answer is I do what’s right for the foot at the time.  No set formula – just an in-depth understanding of hoof anatomy and function laced with a liberal dose of experience and common sense.



Hoof Rehabilitation


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Sadly, by the time a lame horse reaches an EP, the owner will usually have tried all manner of things in an attempt to get the horse sound and the horse is often running out of options. Equine Podiatry is not a quick fix. Although some horses do come sound very quickly, much of the time, the hooves have to be carefully stimulated back to health with a daily hoofcare programme which strengthens the hooves through gentle exercise and careful nutrition. Often the horse will have to come out of work for a while until the hooves have built up enough strength to carry horse and rider again. Boots and hoof support pads may be needed and infection treatment may be necessary. At each visit, the hooves will be carefully re-evaluated and written instructions will be left with the owner detailing what needs to be done each day. Visits are usually 3-4 weeks apart to start with while the hooves establish a new pattern of growth. These visits will then be stretched out as the hooves improve and begin to take care of themselves more.


If the horse has been referred to me because of lameness, I like to work alongside the vet, keeping them informed of progress and sometimes requesting investigative procedures such as X-rays, nerve blocks, etc, to establish the exact site of the problem and agreeing a treatment plan. At all times, the welfare and comfort of the horse is the top priority. I do not use invasive trimming techniques and concentrate more on building and strengthening structure rather than taking it away.


Equine Podiatry is extremely successful in the treatment of all manner of hoof conditions including


·         Laminitis, including pedal bone rotation and sinker

·         Navicular Disease and Navicular Syndrome

·         Flat feet

·         Collapsed/underrun heels

·         Contracted hooves

·         Boxy hooves

·         Trauma damage

·         Severe hoof wall and frog infections

·         Ringbone, sidebone, pedal osteitis, coffin joint problems





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