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General Shoeing

Fully qualified in barefoot trimming and all aspects of hoof care.

Each horse is shod to maximise performance. I prefer to shoe hot to achieve the best results, but I will shoe cold for horses that won't stand for the hot shoeing process. I use a mixture of factory shoes and my own hand mades. Whichever I use depends on what the individual horse requires.

 

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Racehorse Work

Thoroughbred horses are my area of expertise and I have spent over 30 years refining my skills to address the problems that racehorses suffer from. From poor quality hoof horn to long toe/collapsed heels to general heel pain.

 

 

     

 

Quarter Crack Repair

Quarter cracks are more common in racing thoroughbreds than any other breed due to the speed and workload required to compete. They are generally the result of a medial/lateral imbalance causing uneven loading brought about by poor conformation. Whilst nothing can be done about the conformation in a mature horse, the effects can be minimised by judicious trimming and shoeing getting the foot as close to the balanced ideal as possible. Patching the crack immobilises the area which reduces the pain felt by the horse as the crack moves during weight bearing. Most horses are able to continue their athletic career while the crack grows out.

 

 
 

Glue On's

In certain circumstances it may not be possible to attach a shoe in the conventional manner. The use of glue on shoes using Equilox can be an option in the short term. If the hoof is prepared correctly it is not unusual for shoes to remain firmly attached for 6 weeks or longer. Glue On's are also an effective tool for the horse that is a chronic shoe puller. As there is no part of the shoe exposed there is nothing for the horse to stand on and pull the shoe off. This enables the foot to grow and then once a good solid foot is established the shoe can be nailed on in the traditional manner.

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14 July

The above shoe was glued on for 48 days which is almost 7 weeks. This shows how well this technique works if the foot is prepared properly.

Heel Reconstructions

This technique involves using an acrylic compound to rebuild the heels and re-establish a correct hoof pastern axis. I have performed this technique hundreds of times with racehorses that were previously lame. They successfully returned to work and winning races. This may not be suitable for every horse, however it is a useful tool that has enormous benefits when used in the right situations.

 

 

 

Before Re-Construction:

Notice how the two red lines are at completely different angles.The pedal bone, short pastern and long pastern are not in line.

After Re-Construction:

The two red lines are now parallel. Re-construction has allowed for the pedal bone, short pastern and long pastern to be in line and offer more comfort for the horse.