Our Gallery of work day in day out.
Got to love Heartbars.
Up on visiting this mare she was very very lame and sensitive to pressure on the medial wall, so I started to investigate and found a mass of infection tracking up the wall, I asked the client to hot tube and poltice for 3-4 days, which they did the mare was noticeably better, so we decided to remove and debride all the damaged tissue. On doing so we had to remove a large portion of the medial toe quater. Although this needed doing this created weakness in structure of the hoof capsule, so to increase the structural integrity I applied a heartbar with a portion removed to still allow treatment of the infection. she made a full recovery and is now in normal shoes.
Aluminium patern rest
Called in as an emergancy at Oaklands Veterinarian Practice, This horse had just been brought in from the gallops and brought to the vets lame and distressed, the horse had ' done a tendon' a deep tear to the DDFT just above the pastern. they the treatment was simple a Robert Jones bandage and a patteren rest barshoe, problem was no steel in the van light enough for the 11 and half inch TB foot so a quick fabraction of a alloy quater clip eggbar 20mins late shoe is on and the horse is alot more comfortable.
Collateral ligament damage
This is a lateral loading shoe for a horse which has collateral ligament damage, as you can see the lateral (outside) branch of the shoe is wide on the ground surface and the medial (inside) branch had been ground seated ( cut out with a fuller).
The collateral ligaments become damaged on the lateral side, due to the foot sinking into the surface deeper on the lateral aspect, due to the horses biomechanics, land slightly lateral heel first in most horses or a horse been lunged and the pressure which is applied due to the constants working on a circle.
a wide surface area on the lateral branch prevent the lateral aspect sinking int the surface thus reducing the strain on this area.
Upon visiting Rocky for the first time, he was four out of five lame. It was clear that, the previous horse shoer (not a registered farrier!!!) had not clue about foot balance, it was more smash the shoes and hope for the best!! After shoeing him I recommended he did light work for the first few weeks and take a nice steady approach to bringing him back into work. The client took the advice and within three weeks was all but sound. By the second shoeing he was 100% sound, but I only shod this horse three times and then the client moved locations. It would have been nice to follow him and see the progress he would have made.