Minnie first day first trim

Posted in Uncategorized on February 29, 2016 by skarshner

image Well I gave Minnie a few days to settle in, and stretch her legs, literally. Because she was kept in such a small pen, I let her losses up a bit, and what I mean by that is, her front legs were so tight in the tendon I was concerned that taking down the heels and tightening the tendon more might be an issue. Soon after she arrived it was clear she was walking much better, so I waited to do the first trim. Better safe than sorry, if your not sure there is enough slack or give in the tendon to drop the heel with out hanging it in the air than you should take it slow and easy.
During the first trim today, it was clear I would have to go slow, so I took about half of the heel I wanted to take and about the same amount of toe and toe sole. I cleaned up the frog a bit but mostly left it intact, a little frog pressure is better than none, and I will take more,heel and sole over the next week. So far she is only landing on her toe, even in the boots, but I expect to see and improvement in the morning. I usually boot during the day and then off at night, but for this first day I’m leaving them on all night and will take them off in the morning. I’m useing the Easyboot RX it is my boot of choice for this type of rehab and really is a very tough boot.imageimageimageimageOk so you can see how high her heels are, because she stands a lot she has not gotten what she really needed witch is to move. She needs to move more than a normal horse because of her very small feet and tendency to go up in her heels and loose her frog pressure. Some horses can handle being in a small stall with out a lot of pasture movement but this horse is not one of them. Her best friend is the wide open spaces and plenty movement.imageimageimage Ok so you can see there is much more foot to come off, but that’s enough for the first trim. This is the Rf and I have a 6mm pad in the bootimageimageimageimage This is the LF pretty much the same story as the right.
I had a video showing her walking in the boots but I’m having a problem up loading, I’ll figure it out for the next post. What you would have seen is Minnie walking off better than she did coming up, but she is landing toe first and not stepping out very long, oh and she still seems pretty tight. But she is comfortable and more confident while stepping than she was. So first day looken good, oh and I haven’t said this for awhile! Remember NO HOOF NO HORSE

Back in the Saddle

Posted in Uncategorized on February 25, 2016 by skarshner

Well it’s been awhile since my last post, but I have a new horse to work with that I thought might help some of you doing your own rehabs. I rehabbed this horse( Minnie) 2 years ago and she did very well until the owner was unable to keep up with her feet. Even with the lack of affective hoof care she stayed sound for many month, but then succumbed to lack of proper hoof care and a life style that found her mostly standing in a small stall allday, with periodic turn out into an arena. My daughter Gretchen will be helping me with this project, and we hope to start in ernest this week. I’m excited to get this horse back to sound, she is a very nice Mare and has really good training on her, she should be a lot of fun to ride.

Banner Update

Posted in Uncategorized on March 7, 2014 by skarshner

imageimageimage I haven’t updated Banner for awhile, he is a very special case and I’m in constant contact with Michelle and Joe. They are doing the trims themselves and are doing a great job I might add. Banner is a hard case because not only does he have a Navicular diagnoses but he foundered and he sank dramatically in the hoof capsule. This would be a difficult case no mater what the skills of the farrier were, and probably in most cases a horse with this much damage would have been put down to relieve his pain. That being said Banner is not most cases, he has 2 people that love him and believe in their hearts that they can make his life better, and I’m right there with them. We are doing something that most say can’t be done, so with that as our motivation, and the fact that this horse is a fighter, everyday this horse moves forward. Now don’t get the wrong idea, Banner is not sitting around being in pain all day. Michelle rides him several time a week and these rides can be hrs long. He is booted and does very well with very little concern for his feet. For the first few months after I spent the weekend with Banner and did his set up trim, he had a very bad time at night after the boots came off. He wouldn’t move much and seemed to be waiting in the morning for Michelle to come bring him his boots and his relief. Banner is in his EASYCARE RX boots during the day and then BF at night. Michelle has a pair of gloves and now a pair of Transitions that she trail rides Banner in, and again most days he does fine. Banners feet are constantly changing as he grows a new hoof capsule on his front feet. His heels are opening up, his frogs are thickening and growing fatter and healthier. We are about 7 months into the rehab and most of the flares are gone an a lot of the hoof capsule has now reattached. In a few more months we will take a new set of X-rays and see how the coffin bone is looking in the hoof capsule, it will be interesting to see how much sole we have grown and if we have changed the rotation of the coffin bone. imageimageimageimage So this is Banners right front oh did I mention he also has high low syndrome, and his RF is his clubby side. His heel is coming your can see that the white line is becoming tighter and with less stretching towards the toe. It’s got a ways to go but also remember I’m not trimming Banner Michelle and Joe are, not bad for beginners hu?imageimageimage So this is the LF and the lower of the to legs and heels. The heels and the toes are coming back but this is Banner’s worse foot. Remember how thin the sole was on this horse when we started, I was surprise he could walk BF at all. He has set backs from time to time, and did recently because of the wet weather, but except for the last week or so he has been very good at night out of the boots indicating that we are building sole on these feet are getting better.
I’ve written quit a few Articals on how to rehab these horses and the things that they go threw so you will know what to expect on the journey, but I think the hardest part of these rehabs is what the owners go threw worried about the innocent soul in their care, and worrying about are they doing what’s best for the horse, could they be doing more, should they be doing less, it’s a real roler coaster ride sometimes. I think sometimes the most important part of what I do for my clients is reassuring them that they are on the right trail and helping them see the effects on the feet that their work is having. It’s a process and for most of my clients friends and their horses, it ends well and they have many more years with their horse, but sometimes it’s hard as is everything worth doing.

Giggie Update

Posted in Uncategorized on March 7, 2014 by skarshner

image It’s been awhile since I updated Giggie, so I thought I would show her progress. Giggies feet were very damaged from the laminitis and her founder, both front feet were rotated 10+ % and she was very lame when we started. I’ll put her pics in a series on this post so you can see them as it happened, but this is a very normal founder rehab, and you just have to stay with it until all the damage has grown out,the angles are correct,the founder flares have been removed and you have a new hoof capsule in the place where the old damaged one used to be. Giggies still has a few months to go for full growth but she is sound and happy and we will re xray her feet shortly. imageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimage The last four pics were from Thur trim, it’s been raining here in Ca. So the feet are abit wet so you can see the dark wet areas in the quarters that are still a bit strechted but so much of the white line has now been reattached and is strong so like I said we have a little more to go but it is looking very nice.

Sonny Update

Posted in Uncategorized on January 2, 2014 by skarshner

I’ve been trimming Sonny’s feet every two weeks now for about 3 or so months. Look back to his other posts and you can see just how far this foundered horse has come. Sonny is recovering nicely and I have no doubt that he will fully recover. We will take new X-rays at about 10 months so we can see how well we have put the coffin bone back into place. Sonny was rotated and had sank with in the hoof capsule, and the stretched lamina was infected with thrush. There are a few stretched places that still show some thrush but it is almost gone and will be completely eliminated in the next few trims. Cindy has been treating the thrushy areas with Tea-tree oil every other day or so and it’s working great. The key to this rehab is frog pressure and relieving the hoof-wall all the way around until we have a complete attachment of the new hoof capsule to the coffin bone. The stills are of Sonny’s feet before and after the trim, notice how much of the blood bruising has reseeded. Most of the bruising has now grown out and what’s left is lighter and doesn’t in circle the entire hoof wall the way it did when we started. Sonny is 80% sound and has no problem being ridden for several hrs a day 2 or 3 times a week. He is still working on his sole, frog and heels and is very comfortable being ridden out of his boots. Sonny has a new pasture mate his name is Rusty. The introduction of Rusty to the mix has brought Sonny’s daily activity level to a new high, these two boys run and play all the time and that has been a great addition to the excersize program Cindy has him on.imageimageimageimageimageimageimage

Merry Christmas

Posted in Uncategorized on December 25, 2013 by skarshner

Steve And Libby

Steve And Libby

I just wanted to take a minute and thank all of my Clients for being the great horse owners that they are, and to let you all know how much I appreciate your friendship and business. Here are a few of the special needs horses we helped this year, looking forward to these horses just being regular clients in 2014. :-))
Wet Dauber

Wet Dauber

Chris and Poco

Chris and Poco

Stephanie and Minnie

Stephanie and Minnie

imageimageimage Happy New Year everyoneimage

Sunny update end week 8

Posted in Uncategorized on November 14, 2013 by skarshner

image I spent a few hrs with Cindy and Sonny today, I just love this horse. Sonny is now in his 8th week and he is thriving. Cindy has done such a great job of providing a new kind of balance for this horse, his feet, his feed, and his fitness. Sonny has lost about 50 lbs and his muscle tone is becoming visible even with his winter hair coming in. After all the blood work, we discovered a few things. Sonny isn’t insulin resistant,so we dodged a bulletin there, but he did test positive for cushings. Cindy is doing her homework on cushings and is trying to find a more natural way to deal with the condition. When I start a founder case like Sonny I’m not always sure how many time the horse has foundered and for how many years the horse has been in this condition, and sometimes like in the case of an IR horse, the horse may be Lamanitic every few weeks and we think he is just working his way threw the rehab. There are signs and symptoms that lead you to believe one way or the other, but the best thing that you can do is get the blood work and be sure. Many time over the years I’ve started a rehab on a fat horse, and basically made no progress between trims because the horse would founder while I was gone. The owner must take responsibility for the horses weight and reduce the feed and take the sugary treats that the horse receives out of his diet. Now we all understand how hard it is not to feed an animal we love that is in pain. It seems to be a natural and nurturing reflex to feed a sick friend, but of corse as we know that is exactly what should not be done in this case. So in Sonny’s case everything is being done correctly and he is making very good progress.imageimageimage Sonny has the best situation a horse can have to rehab from chronic founder. He has acres to move on every day, and is grazing for his feed, the only feed he receives outside of his grazing are his supplements. Sonny is now being ridden several times a week in his pastures and will be going out on the trail soon.image image So if you look closely you can see the thrush that has invaded the stretched lamina on Sonny’s foot, it has been very bad and Cindy has been treating it everyday for the last month. Now it’s almost gone but it reached way up into the hoof wall and had to be treated and removed as it became available to take off. Sonny sank in his hoof capsul as well as rotated, so we must be careful not to take too much of his sole that he is relying on for protection. His sole is pretty clean and so I feel comfortable leaving it in place, but the hoof wall above it must go, one because its diseased and two because it is part of the old hoof capsule that will be removed as the new hoof capsule grows down attached.imageimageimage Sonny walked off after the trim the same way he walked up to it, landing heels first and confident. He’s good on hard ground and great in his pasture, the blood bruising that was evident around the hoof wall at the beginning is growing down and we are seeing no signs of any new damage. Sonny has always had RX boots at the ready if he was uncomfortable after the trim, but to date he has not needed them. When Cindy starts taking him out on the trail we will use them for sure, and will continue until we have a whole hoof capsule grown down. Boot therapy was not needed in Sonny’s case because of the ground he lives on, and the fact that we started out with a pretty good frog. Sonny makes full ground contact in his pasture when walking and as long as that is the case there is no need to keep him in boots. We’ve been trimming Sonny’s feet every 2 weeks for the last 8 weeks, and there has been a lot of foot to take each time. I’ve put the next trim out 3 weeks from today because I feel I’ve taken back as much as I can for now and I don’t think he will grow hoof wall to the ground in the next 3 weeks. If he does Cindy will call me and send me a pic and I will go earlier if needed.

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