Re: Complicated Founder Trim, Photos of Mel

Ute <ute@...>

I forgot to add - you may want to consider massage therapy to address
the muscles that might affect the front hoof wear pattern and do
specific exercise that will also tone weaker muscles that may be
contributing to the postural habits here. I good bodyworker should be
able to help you with both :-)


--- In EquineCushings@..., "Ute" <ute@...> wrote:

Hi Eva,
When I first read your post I was scared to even look at the
pictures - I expected much worse. They actually do not look that
at all! :-)

You already have gotten a lot of good feedback. I am an equine
massage therapist who also does barefoot trimming and I follow the
Bowker/Ramey school of thought primarily! It is imortant that we
always listen to the horses (feet) because they will tell us what
they need.:-)

First I need to point out that as a massage therapist I know that
hoof wear patterns can also be the result of postural habits and
the horse prefers to use himself! Humans will also wear the soles
their shoes and heels in a predictable pattern for the same reason.

You horse is most likely left side dominant, which means his left
side is stronger. I can see this by the difference in the front
the left is slightly flatter while the righ front is more upright.
When I see that, I usually confirm this by looking at the shoulders
from behind because the dominant shoulder will also show me more
muscle development :-) The dominant foot tends to be wider and
flatter because it takes more load, not unlike the use of a humans
domiant hand, that for this reason also tends to be more developed.

Your horse also shows me the typical wear patterns that are related
to side dominance - the non-dominant leg tends to be pulled in more
towards the midline, hence the RF wears more on the outside for
reason. The LF is the opposite - it flares to the outside because
wears/steps more on the inside edge of the hoof. It is vital for
those reasons that the heels are trimmed balanced. I can see that
they are unlevel, especially in the dominant LF (which is typical
the domianant front foot, more or less). The collateral grooves can
be used as a measurement and the depth of both should be equal in
heel area.

My gelding is right side dominant and shows a very similar pattern,
just reversed and he has no laminitis issues.

Bottom line, like already mentioned, the heels of the front feet
too high. That by itself causes contraction! I am still not quite
certain though what type of opening cut the farrier did. However,
date, I have not heard this to be used to open up contracted
hooves -
lowering the heels (gradually - not all at once) seems to be of
utmost importance.

Essentially your horse's front feet should look more like the hinds
all the way around. I do not necessarily agree that the toes need
more agressive backing. However, the sole is always my guideline -
will not trim a horse shorter than waht the sole plane on the
tells me, because this could potentially sore the horse and is the
last thing we need in an IR challenged horse.

Your horse also shows me a considerable amount of retained sole in
the front. Again, that should not be carved out. It is an
to me, from what I have learned, that the horse still needs it
If not, it would simply exfoliate. However, it may also be a sign
that your horse does not get enough movement to stimulate the
of excess sole and to grow a healthier hoof overall.

The ripples and lines on the hoofwall show me too that your horse
still affected by his diet. The hoofwall to laminae connection, as
grows down from the coronet band, is still affected metabolically
not as consistently tight as it should be. The deeper clefts in the
back of the frogs in the front hooves are another tell tale sign
diet continues to be a factor for this horse. Pete Ramey has used
remedy below to successfully treat such cases, because even if no
tenderness is present, the deeper clefts should be treated, just in

""Added 5-22-07

For years I've searched for the perfect thrush medicine. Most
products that kill the fungi and bacteria also kill living tissue;
contributing to the problem. I use a 50/50 mix of Triple Antibiotic
Ointment and Athletes Foot Cream (1% Clotrimazole) (for humans;
the counter at any pharmacy). I mix it thoroughly and put it in a
60cc catheter-tip syringe (available from any vet) (The syringe may
well be more important than the cream, as it allows deep
to the core of the problem). Mix the products in a Tupperware bowl,
then spoon in or 'top load' 15cc with a butter knife. I have my
owners treat deep into central cleft daily until no cleft is
No need to squirt it all over the frog; just a pea-sized dab at the
very bottom of the central sulcus. To date, I've seen it eliminate
deep, sensitive central frog clefts in 100% of cases within 2
(A first, with every treatment I've ever used, though past
tells me we'll never find a product that works on every case in

As you probably already know, to successfully treat an IR and/or
Cushings horse it is vital to have the proper diet, trim and enough
exercise. Exercise alone helps to reduce insulin levels quite
considerably. Cannot stress the exercise part enough :-) Best


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