Whilst out hunting this large hunter became lame and after being x-rayed was diagnosed with a fracture to the pedal bone.
The fracture was wide so the decision was made to screw the two sides of the pedal bone together to stabilise the fracture and aid healing.
We produced a handmade wide web 3/4 fullered straight bar shoe to give support to the whole underside of the foot. We placed 4 clips on the outside edge of the shoe to stop the normal foot movement that takes place to absorb concussion during foot loading. This enabled us to use the hoof wall itself as a cast to stop the fracture being forced open till it had healed.
This show jumping pony was a veterinary referral due to a mild but continual lameness which was hindering its success on the show jumping circuit.
The pony had suffered an injury to the coronary band many years before, which had damaged the coronary corium. The coronary corium is responsible for the growth of the hoof so the damage resulted in a large crack growing down the foot..
The lameness was caused by the excess movement of either side of the crack, so we needed to stabilize the crack and to reduce the movement. We did this by using a half heart bar shoe to remove weight bearing for that area.
We will never be able to stop the crack completely due to the damage of the coronary corium but we stabilised the foot returning the pony to soundness.
These are a handful of the many cases of remedial farriery, we have dealt with successfully over recent times.
This thoroughbred polo pony suffers with extremely weak feet, so weak in fact that its sole has prolapsed through the foot as the hoof wall struggles to hold its weight.
This pony has suffered with a sand crack previously which we removed by spreading the load more evenly across the foot. We now shoe the pony with an aluminium heart bar shoe.
This gives total support to the foot and spreads the weight across the frog. The aluminium is light and requires only small nails to secure it, resulting in less damage to the hoof wall.
This 23 year old horse has had a hard working life and has suffered with bone spavin for a number of years. His previous shoeing plan involved raising his heels which gives elevation to the hock joint and aids its movement.
MJ Farriers new shoeing plan involved keeping the elevation to aid the hock Joint but also to support the outside of the leg and hoof. As you can see in the pictures below the leg and hoof was previously collapsing towards the outside.
We used a graduated bar shoe which is normally used in the front and modified it to be used in the hind this shoe supports the palmer (back) aspect of the hoof and also supports the bone column when raising the heels.
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This horse was a referral from the horses usual farrier who was working with a veterinary surgeon after the horse had been diagnosed with changes to the navicular bone (navicular disease).
The shoeing plan which was put in to place by the horse’s normal farrier was having good results but the horse which was used for dressage and was qualified for the national championship did not seem to have full movement and was also struggling with lost shoes.
MJ farriers new shoeing plan was to use a graduated bar shoe to help with the break over of the front feet and look to get the extra movement needed, we used filler to reduce the risk of lost shoes and used vettec sole pad to help protect the sheared frogs which was an added complication and also give added support.
The great news is the horse went to the national championship and never lost another shoe, the horse was handed back to the usual farrier and he now implements the shoeing plan ongoing.
This referral was a pony which was suffering with an acute attack of laminitis and had pedal bone rotation.
The pony was in pain and was struggling to walk normally the first priority was to give the pony (who normally did not have shoes) a shoe that would support the bone column and stop any further rotation and also give more vertical depth to the sole to help reduce the pain levels caused by the tip of the pedal bone being near the ground.
As nailing on shoes in laminitics can be painful we used imprint glue on shoes, an immediate improvement in the pony movement was seen.