Trim Advice Protocol
Wednesday, 17 April 2019
The ECIR Group wants to help metabolic equines by showing members usable skills to make their own assessment of hoof health, with or without a hoof care provider.
First-time, critical mark-ups may be given for free to new members with laminitic metabolic horses in their care, if the steps below are followed.
Going forward with your case, ECIR volunteers will do their best to help you continue to learn about hoof care by assessing where you are in the process from time to time. Each subsequent set of mark-ups be as a private consult and incur a fee. Members may seek, at no cost, “comments only” help from other experienced members on the forum.
Remember, our goal is to help caregivers learn how to assess what is needed with or as your own hoof pro. While it may feel like a huge learning curve at first, understanding the foot is hands down the best way to get where you need to go for the comfort and health of your horse.
PLEASE NOTE: Requests for first-time mark-ups and follow-up narratives will be acknowledged on groups.io forum only, and require a minimum three-day notice with the following already in place:
1. Acceptable photos as described in the ECIR Wiki: You will be asked to retake them, so for your horse’s sake, please take the time to get them right the first time. Go here for instructions for taking acceptable hoof photos.
2. Proper identification of your photos: Identification of individual hooves can be as simple as marking LF, RF, LH or RH with a magic marker on the appropriate hoof before snapping the shots or on your digital photo. Please do not use items that will block any of the foot, fetlock, or leg. Photos must be dated and formatted properly so they remain grouped together in the album. See: Naming Hoof Photos
3. Radiographs: Initial radiographs are an essential ingredient to a good outcome. When you are going to have radiographs done, here are some tips on making the most of your investment. While initial rads are highly recommended, not having them won’t prevent you from getting assistance.
If your equine has been diagnosed with PPID or EMS, your photos go in Your Photo Album located in the case history photo section. Once you have posted and correctly named your photos, post a message in the main ECIR asking for evaluation.
If your equine does not have PPID or EMS, your photos go in ECHoof. This avenue is provided as a courtesy for members who wish to discuss foot issues other than metabolic. Upon joining you will be sent instructions on how to get your photos uploaded.
The ECIR Group Support Team
Additional Resources for learning the foot.pdf
You may also find this document in the Wiki.